IPaidABribe conferred International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award 2017
IPaidABribe.com an anti-corruption platform of Bengaluru based NGO Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, was conferred the International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award 2017 on December 8th at a ceremony in United Nations Office in Geneva.
The ACE award named after Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is established by the Doha-based - Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLACC) in support of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
IPaidABribe was recognized as an innovative online platform for reporting corruption and bestowed the award in the ‘Anti-Corruption Innovation’ category. IPaidABribe is an online platform that crowdsources from citizens stories and experiences of bribes paid, bribes not paid and bribes not demanded.
Janaagraha’s Senior Product Marketing Manager Mr Rajith Shaji and Technology Lead Mr Nageswara Rao received the award from His Highness Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Personal Representative of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar.
The ceremony which coincided with World Anti-Corruption Day, honoured individual and institutional winners from China, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, the USA and India in four categories Anti-Corruption Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement, Anti-Corruption Innovation, Anti-Corruption Youth Creativity and Engagement, and the Anti-Corruption Academic Research and Education.
IPaidABribe is the world’s largest crowd-sourced anti-corruption platform. Since its launch on 15 August 2010, IPaidABribe has received over 15 million visits, recorded over 36,000 bribe stories amounting to approximately USD 430 million, from over 1,000 cities and towns. The platform has also been implemented in 30 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America.
At the Awards event, Director-General of the United Nations in Geneva Mr Michael Muller said “We have set ourselves a goal to transform the world within the span of a single generation through the 2030 Agenda. In the 21st century, corruption simply has no place. Today’s awards are part of our journey to create this world.”
"We feel privileged and honoured to be recognized by this award, which strengthens the unique idea behind IPaidABribe. The platform is based on the premise that citizen participation is key to fighting corruption. By building a repository of corruption-related data across government departments, IPaidABribe seeks to identify very specific process reforms that can prevent corruption. Going forward, we seek to actively engage with governments at the city, state and national levels to catalyse such process reforms,” says Sylvia Veeraraghavan who Head’s Janaagraha’s I Change My City and IPaidABribe platforms.
About Anti-Corruption Excellence Award
The Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award is presented annually on International Anti-Corruption Day and in recognition and appreciation to those whom have contributed to the global campaign against corruption. The Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to combat corruption in some capacity.
The International ACE Award was established by The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC Doha). HE Dr. Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, UNODC Regional Special Advocate for the Prevention of Corruption, announced its establishment, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, The Emir of the State of Qatar, at the 8th Annual Conference of International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) in November 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Award was open to submissions from around the world, submitted by third party entities to nominate any organisations, groups and persons of any nationality, demonstrating significant commitment and contributions toward the prevention and control of corruption. The evaluation process was initiated by a call for nominations, which were then submitted through an on-line nomination process.
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