The Allard Prize in International Integrity is calling for nominations of an individual, movement or organization that has demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption.
A recently instituted prize at the University of British Columbia, the Allard Prize seeks to promote transparency, accountability and the rule of law. An inaugural prize of CA$100,000 will be awarded to the winner.
With the understanding that all range of participants in global society can make important contributions to addressing these critical issues, the organisers welcome nominations from all types of individuals, movements and organizations. The status of the nominee is irrelevant; they could include prominent world leaders, grass roots activists, social movements, charitable groups dedicated to specific social issues or other corporate bodies, whether for-profit or not. The breadth of the focus reinforces the organisers’ belief that everyone has responsibilities to promote transparency and the rule of law.
Nominees should be persons who have demonstrated courage in the work they do. According to the organisers, “The essence of courage for the purposes of this award is that the nominee has acted to combat corruption and promote transparency, regardless of potential costs personally.”
Nominees should also demonstrate leadership in their areas of endeavour and their activities must inspire others.
A nominee’s work must seek to resist or overcome corrupt practices for the benefit of society and promotion of long-term stability, which sometimes may even involve challenging the law itself if it serves corrupt purposes. The nominee’s actions can relate to a single important act of corruption or practices that lead to the systematic or incremental corruption of a political regime.
Nominations for the Allard Prize for International Integrity will be open until January 11, 2013. The selection process comes up in the spring of 2013 while the inaugural award ceremony is scheduled to take place in September 2013.
For further information about the award and nominations please log on to www.allardprize.org.