Launched in 2000 as the Integrity Award, and renamed in 2016, the Anti-Corruption Award honours remarkable individuals and organisations worldwide, including journalists, public prosecutors, government officials and civil society leaders.
Winners are a source of inspiration to the anti-corruption movement because their actions echo a common message: that corruption can be challenged.
The Anti-Corruption Award may be conferred to a person (or an organisation) discharging official or professional duties as well as to an activist(s) from all walks of life.
The Anti-Corruption Award Committee, the body responsible for evaluating nominations and choosing winners, may choose up to two award recipients. In making these awards, the Committee will take into consideration the need to recognise efforts in diverse fields of civil society, the private sector and government and to acknowledge anti-corruption initiatives throughout the world.
The Award consists of a trophy and participation in a public award ceremony during the 18th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Conference to take place from the 22nd to the 24th of October 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Anti-Corruption Award may, in some cases, have a profound impact, as the recognition may contribute to social, political and economic developments in the countries to which they relate. Therefore, in selecting Anti-Corruption Award recipients, the Anti-Corruption Award Committee follows a clear evaluation process honouring the right of participation and equal opportunity while ensuring diversity. In considering nominations, the Anti-Corruption Award Committee also looks for geographical and occupational balance.
You can read the TORs of the Anti-Corruption Award Committee here and the Anti-Corruption Award Guidelines here.
Transparency International proudly announces that the late Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and Spanish whistleblower and campaigner Ana Garrido Ramos have been selected as winners of the 2018 Anti-Corruption Award. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22 October 2018.
Shortlisted candidates for the 2018 Anti-Corruption Award
Daphne Caruana Galizia (posthumous) was a brave and effective investigative journalist who exposed major corruption scandals involving powerful politicians and other individuals in Malta and abroad. She was murdered in October 2017.
“Daphne’s battle was a dangerous one and that the bravery with which she fought it should serve as an example to us all as we continue her unfinished fight.” – Paul Caruana Galizia, son of Daphne.
The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) is an international body charged with investigating and prosecuting serious crime in Guatemala. Iván Velázquez, the CCIG Commissioner, has recently been banned from entering the country.
“The anti-corruption struggle is unstoppable, despite the opposition and obstacles, the clamour for more transparent democracies and greater accountability will not stop.” - Matías Ponce, CICIG spokesperson.
Khadija Ismayilova is a celebrated investigative journalist and human rights activist in Azerbaijan, currently facing a travel ban. She has contributed multiple investigative reports to Radio Free Europe and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
“Everyday we hear about killing, arrest, or harassment of journalists who uncover corruption and rarely we witness corrupt leaders paying a price for their crimes. Bad guys help each other to silence critics and hide stolen wealth. It is time for those who expose them to work together.” - Khadija Ismayilova
Ana Garrido Ramos is a former public servant at Boadilla del Monte Town Hall in Madrid, Spain, whose whistleblower revelations triggered the Gürtel case that led to the fall of the Spanish government. She is campaigning for effective whistleblower protection legislation.
“Citizens can not sit idly by waiting for the world to change, each of us must be part of that transformation.” – Ana Garrido Ramos.
The four shortlisted candidates were selected from 169 nominated individuals and institutions. More than 1,000 nominations were received, mostly from members of the public.
The Anti-Corruption Award Committee
Nada Abdelsater Abusamra (TI Board member)
Nada is an international lawyer admitted to the Courts of New York and Beirut, Managing Partner of a Lebanese law firm and regularly lectures on law and corporate governance at the American University of Beirut.
Boris Divjak (Chair of the Anti-Corruption Award Committee and TI Board member)
Boris Divjak is a macroeconomist, founded the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Chapter of Transparency International, analysed corruption issues and advocated for reforms globally, and engaged directly with citizens and policy makers in BiH and beyond.
Beatrice Edwards is the executive director of the Government Accountability Project in Washington, D.C and she works with whistleblowers from government, corporations, and international financial institutions on issues of illegality, abuse, and corruption.
Sally Hayden is an award-winning journalist and photographer currently focused on migration, conflict and humanitarian crises and has a law degree and a MSc in International Politics.
Samuel Kimeu (TI Board member)
Samuel Kimeu is a lawyer and a human rights activist who has served as executive director of TI Kenya since 2010, contributed to governance provisions in the constitution of Kenya and worked on various Kenyan anti-corruption laws.
David Ondráčka (TI Board member)
David Ondracka is the Director of TI Czech Republic and is an international consultant with a degree in politics and economics on anti-corruption legislation, policy design and governance in the field of public investments and procurement reforms.
Barbara Trionfi is Executive Director at the International Press Institute (IPI) and her field of expertise covers different areas related to press freedom and freedom of expression, including self-regulatory media accountability systems, safety of journal
Call for nominations opens
Participate in the 2018 Anti-Corruption Award!
Deadline for nominations
At Midnight of 15 July 2018 the call for nominations closes.
Review & Selection
The Anti-Corruption Award Committee reviews the nominations and prepares a shortlist.