Now in its 5th year, Integrity Idol is an annual campaign led by civil society, on the ground, online and through the media- to celebrate, encourage and connect honest civil servants. With the goal of bringing citizens from 6 countries into a conversation about integrity, ethics and accountability we aim to inspire a national movement to move away from 'naming and shaming' and towards 'naming and faming' bureaucrats that are working with integrity to building an accountable public service.
Instability, corruption, and poverty are rooted in a lack of accountability. However, standard anti-corruption campaigns too often focus on naming and shaming dishonest officials, instead of supporting a movement around those acting with integrity. Rewarding upstanding public servants begins at the local level amongst both the young and old and requires significant resources, and promotion - not just in the a country's capital cities.
Winning Idols have gone on to lead important reform processes in their countries based on the trust and credibility generated through Integrity Idol; and we are now working with them to expand their integrity networks to do everything from developing national policies to redesigning curricula for civil service training schools.
The value of Integrity Idol is the process, not the outcome. It is a way to create constructive conversations about what it means to be a public servant, the role of government in a society, and how we should think about an inclusive, fair system. Integrity Idol provides a non-partisan outlet for a national conversation in positive terms that can help us all think about the world we'd like to see, and provides a platform for us to support the people that can make this future a reality.