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Anti-Corruption Award

Our Anti-Corruption Award recognises the courage and determination of the many individuals and organisations fighting corruption around the world.

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Anti-Corruption Award winners 2020

Transparency International proudly announces that whistleblower Botakoz Kopbayeva (Kazakhstan), and journalist Zaki Daryabi/Etilaat Roz Newspaper (Afghanistan) have been selected as winners of the 2020 Anti-Corruption Award. The awards were presented at a ceremony held virtually this evening at the19th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC).

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Zaki Daryabi / Etilaat Roz Newspaper

Zaki Daryabi and newspaper Etilaat Roz have a prominent role in challenging government corruption in Afghanistan, despite the extremely critical situation for independent journalists and free speech in the country. Operating on a financial shoestring, Etilaat Roz provides hope and sends a clear message of courage, dedication and determination in the struggle to investigate, expose and challenge corruption in Afghanistan.

Zaki Daryabi and Etilaat Roz Newspaper have been selected as the recipients of the Anti-Corruption Award 2020 for their tireless efforts in exposing major corruption scandals in Afghanistan, despite the multiple challenges, threats and limitations they have had to overcome. They serve as an admirable example to journalists and young activists across the globe through their perseverance and sustainable approach to holding power to account.

"In our deeply interconnected world, corruption is not a local or regional issue. Corruption is a global menace and fighting it anywhere it appears is our collective responsibility.” - Zaki Daryabi

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Botakoz Kopbayeva

Botakoz Kopbayeva became the Vice-Rector for Financial and Economic Affairs at the Kazakh National Conservatory in 2017. Her efforts to expose corruption led to a campaign of intimidation. Her home was broken into and she was violently assaulted. Despite serious injuries, she returned to work to continue her investigation. Her actions exposed financial corruption and the theft of substantial funds intended for student scholarships. These revelations have led to resignations and criminal convictions

Ms. Kopbayeva was selected as the recipient of the Anti-Corruption Award 2020 for her bravery and courage as a whistleblower, particularly within a hostile environment, in which she has been open to persecution and a victim of violence. Her determination to fight the abuse of power for private gain serves as an inspiration to all those working against corruption worldwide.

“This award is an opportunity to draw the attention of the highest authorities of Kazakhstan to corruption; and it is an opportunity to create an incentive for people who are afraid to report corruption. I am convinced that the fight against this evil must be two-sided, and only through joint efforts of the government and society can it be overcome.” - Botakoz Kopbayeva

Other Shortlisted Candidates

Ana Gomez - Ambassador and former MEP, Portugal

Ana Gomez has been fighting injustice, and the corruption that often accompanies it, over the courses of a career spanning decades. She is a positive example of a passionate individual in politics promoting good governance and willing to put the principles of justice and accountability above short-term diplomatic interests.


"Corruption and corruption impunity are threatening democracy. Look at how far-right, neo-fascist and other authoritarian forces take advantage of people’s tiredness of corruption to discredit democratic governance and the rule of the law"
- Ana Gomez

Bolortuya Chuluunbaatar - Journalist, Mongolia

Through her campaigning and journalism, Bolortuya Chuluunbaatar has been a driving force behind accountability for high-level officials, leading to four ex-parliament members being charged and sentenced to jail, as well as a motion of no confidence in the Cabinet. Her work has inspired a huge reaction among the public and shown that those who occupy the highest political office are not untouchable.

"For democracy to be strong, it is important that citizens, civil society, and the media have evidence-based information and knowledge. It is possible to increase citizen participation with strong knowledge and information. I am confident that this nomination will be a great inspiration not only for me and our team but, also for Mongolian civil society and the media" - Bolortuya Chuluunbaatar

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Previous Anti-Corruption Award Winners

Anti-Corruption Award Committee

Samuel Kimeu

TI Board Member & Chair of the Anti-Corruption Award Committee

Tatiana Bazzichelli

Founder & Director of Disruption Network Lab

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

Sally Hayden

Award-winning Journalist & Photographer

Karen Hussman

TI Board Member and Governance & Anti-Corruption Expert

Linda Oforia Kwafo

TI Board Member & Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative

David Ondracka

TI Board Member and Director of TI Czech Republic