Launch-Integrity Idol

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Date(s) - 16/01/2018
10:00 - 11:30

Women's Gaol, Constitution Hill


Tuesday,  16 January  2018, the Accountability Lab and partners, including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, LifeCo UnLtd and Democracy Works Foundation will launch Integrity Idol South Africa which aims to inspire a national movement to honour, encourage and connect honest civil servants. We want to move away from “naming and shaming” corrupt leaders and towards “naming and faming” those bureaucrats that are working with integrity and doing the right thing even when no-one is watching.

This project will draw upon the successful implementation of Integrity Idol since 2015 in Nepal, Liberia, Mali and Pakistan – which garnered millions of viewers (read more about Integrity Idol in the Guardian, BBC and Foreign Policy). The winning Idols have now gone on to lead important reform processes in their countries based on the trust and credibility generated through Integrity Idol; the Accountability Lab is now working with them to expand their integrity networks to do everything from developing national policies to redesigning curricula for civil service training schools.

Please join us for the Project Launch on Tuesday the 16th of January.

Time: 10h00 for 10h30

Venue: The Women’s Jail, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Program: Short discussion with lead partners followed by Q&A

The Process

16 January– end February 2018 Using their phones South Africans nominate an Integrity Idol working for the government in Health, Education or Safety & Security.
March 2018 An expert panel of respected South Africans narrow the nominees to the top 10 candidates.
March – April 2018 Working with an Emmy award-winning film-maker, young South African filmmakers develop short films of the finalists doing their jobs with integrity.
May 2018 Short films will be shown on TV and social media platforms, with audio on community radio stations. We will ask South Africa to vote for their “Integrity Idol” through SMS, social Media, Whatsapp and online.
20 May 2018 The Integrity Idols are crowned in a public ceremony during a special event with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and LifeCo UnLtd and BMW Foundation Herbert Quant


For more information, contact:

Jean Scrimgeour                                                                                Faith Pienaar

Strategy and Operations Manager                                              Non-Profit Management Fellow

Accountability Lab                                                                             Accountability Lab

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