Mr. Dangor has published five works of fiction and poetry, including "Kafka's Curse" and "Bitter Fruit," which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. His work has been translated into five languages and was brought the U.S. in 1999 by Random House.
"I am deeply honored to lead the Ford Foundation's work and to continue the strong legacy in the region working to promote rights and equality," Mr. Dangor said. "I look forward to advancing the case for justice and inclusion throughout the region on issues driven by visionary leadership committed to social change."
For nearly 60 years the Ford Foundation has worked in the South African region to promote justice and strengthen democracy. The foundation is working on initiatives to build sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities, advance social and economic rights and address the HIV epidemic. By supporting efforts to strengthen transparency and accountability in governance the foundation engages civil society organizations to advocate on behalf of the marginalized and underrepresented.
Mr. Dangor will begin his new position in July 2013. He was selected after a broad international search.The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For over 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. SOURCE Ford Foundation