Nov 6, 2019

SLI Awards for Projects to Ensure a Democratic Election and Protect Indigenous People’s Rights

The Sylff Association Secretariat is pleased to announce two recent recipients of a Sylff Leadership Initiatives (SLI) award. SLI supports Sylff fellows’ initiatives to change society for the better with awards of up to US$10,000.

The two winners, chosen from among many applicants, are Mulatu Alemayehu Moges and Bruno Pegorari.

Mulatu Moges

After completing a PhD at the University of Oslo, where he was a Sylff fellow, Mulatu Moges joined the faculty of Addis Ababa University, where he is currently an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication.

He will use the SLI grant to conduct capacity-building workshops for journalists in Ethiopia, which in May 2020 will hold its first national election under the administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

The media will play a crucial role in ensuring a free and democratic election by providing citizens with unbiased information and by promoting people’s active participation in the electoral process.


Bruno Pegorari

Bruno Pegorari completed his master’s degree at the University of São Paulo, where he received a Sylff fellowship, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.

His research and social-action initiatives focus on the issue on land rights of indigenous people in Brazil, who were forced to leave their homes by a judicial decision. He has been working continuously on this issue since 2016 with the aim of negotiating a nonviolent settlement through the application of international law.

The Sylff Association Secretariat is excited about helping fellows put their enthusiasm and ideas into action for the betterment of society. Congratulations to both recipients on winning the award. The two projects will be carried out over the coming months, and reports will be posted on this website.

We are looking forward to supporting many more social initiatives that can lead to positive change in society.