Transparency International opens nominations to recognise outstanding individuals and organisations fighting corruption
Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption organisation with national chapters in over 90 countries, is calling for nominations for the 2007 Integrity Awards.
The Awards honour individuals and organisations that have demonstrated exceptional courage and outstanding leadership in fighting corruption. This means challenging institutions and individuals that often wield enormous power.
“We want to recognise and encourage those who have chosen the difficult path of fighting corruption,” said Sion Assidon, Chair of the Integrity Awards Committee. “Whether it’s blowing the whistle or swimming against the current in a culture of graft, speaking out and acting against corruption is an uphill battle that requires integrity and conviction.”
Each year TI receives a substantial number of nominations for candidates who have risked their lives and their livelihoods in the name of justice, transparency and integrity. Winners have come from Asia and Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. They have included journalists and public prosecutors, accountants, government officials and leaders of civil society. This year’s Awards will be presented in conjunction with International Anti-Corruption Day in December.
Launched in 2000, the goal of the Integrity Awards is to offer greater recognition and support to those who investigate and unmask corruption, often at great personal risk. The winners are a source of inspiration because their actions echo a common message: that corruption is surmountable.
The TI Integrity Awards Committee consists of 13 individuals from around the world who have been active in the anti-corruption movement for many years. They serve as the jury for the Awards and confer with TI’s Board of Directors. Nominations are accepted for individuals and organisations, and are subject to independent vetting.
Nominations for the 2007 Integrity Awards will be accepted until 30 September 2007.
Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
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