Through its annual awards, the Fund honours 11 outstanding artists, thinkers and organisations whose cultural and artistic actions have had a positive impact on their national development. They are often role models and an important source of inspiration for all those around them. On 11 December 2013, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will present the Principal Prince Claus Award to Egypt’s poet Ahmed Fouad Negm. The poet born in 1929 is being honoured for his verse written in colloquial Egyptian that has inspired the Arabic-speaking world for more than three generations. His outspoken, critical and original poetry, reflects his independence, integrity, courage and constant commitment to the struggle for freedom and social justice.