Ace Award Winners 2016
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Ms.Thelma Aldana

ANTI-CORRUPTION LIFETIME/OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

To Thelma Aldana receiving this award as Attorney General of Guatemala is a true honor and a valuable opportunity to let the world know the struggle that her country is going through alongside the efforts of the Public Ministry and the International Commission Against Impunity.

To Thelma Aldana receiving this award as Attorney General of Guatemala is a true honor and a valuable opportunity to let the world know the struggle that her country is going through alongside the efforts of the Public Ministry and the International Commission Against Impunity.

As Aldana explains, “when we are aware that the scourge of corruption satisfies the selfish and petty interests of a few, severely undermining the minimum requirements for development for the majority of the population, it is necessary to defend the Rule of Law without giving in, and to make the law prevail no matter who it may be. ‘There is no one powerful who can not be reached by justice.’”

Guatemalans understand this very well and have joined this anti-corruption crusade. Many have agreed to be witnesses in numerous cases brought to the justice system. Cases which have put key private individuals such as businesspeople, congressmen, judges, magistrates, and public officials in jail, including the Former President of the Republic Otto Pérez Molina and Former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned from office as a result of the popular clamor in the historic milestone labelled by many as "the rebirth of Guatemala."

The investigations presented are serious and solid and are also technically and scientifically grounded. The trials demonstrate the responsibility of these people who never imagined that justice would ever reach them too. Using legal maneuvers, they have sought to hinder the process and yet Aldana, as Attorney General and Chief of the Public Ministry, is fully convinced that they will be punished and held accountable for the crimes of corruption they instigated against the education, security, health and the life of Guatemalans.

This struggle has not been easy. It has meant that major mafias and parallel power groups feel intimidated and affected and hence are responding with threats, intimidation, warnings and attacks to try to weaken the credibility of Aldana’s team and to impact their ability investigate and prosecute. However, this is only an indicator that Guatemala is moving in the right direction and that is Aldana’s main motivation.

Thelma Aldana’s dream is for societies in the world to exist without difference or racism. Societies where excluded segments such as women, indigenous people, immigrants and children have opportunities and where achieving dreams becomes easier because corruption is being fought. 

Aldana sees this lifetime achievement award as a powerful symbol that represents the battle that all the team (every member of the family at the Public Ministry, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala and the International Community) and the people of Guatemala have fought against corruption and impunity to build a country based on legality, peace, development, solidarity and justice.


TM Music

ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT

In African culture, music is one of greatest tools to pass on information. On this note, TM Music realized that merging musical and organizational skills can create a lasting impact on Tanzanian society for this generation and future ones too. To begin, members of TM Music brought together youths (some musically talented and others without prior musical training) through a keen desire to share their passion while addressing some of the pressing issues affecting their society. They composed music tackling real issues such as the fight against corruption and pursuit of peace in their country. These themes were especially pertinent during Tanzania’s 2015 General Election. 

In African culture, music is one of greatest tools to pass on information. On this note, TM Music realized that merging musical and organizational skills can create a lasting impact on Tanzanian society for this generation and future ones too. To begin, members of TM Music brought together youths (some musically talented and others without prior musical training) through a keen desire to share their passion while addressing some of the pressing issues affecting their society. They composed music tackling real issues such as the fight against corruption and pursuit of peace in their country. These themes were especially pertinent during Tanzania’s 2015 General Election. 

For the past 10 years TM Music has worked with youths aged 15-25 to form a potent musical body, highlighting important issues stirring in their society, including the battle against corruption. Their efforts were quickly recognized by Tanzania’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, which used the music they had composed in effective countrywide anticorruption campaigns. Performed at local and international anti-corruption meetings and forums held in Tanzania, their music gives voice to a strong message.

TM Music’s win represents a symbolically important reward for organizing and leading young men and women to express concerns on key issues impacting society through the power of music. It helped TM Music receive more international recognition and exposure. It also boosted their morale and motivation to keep on fighting.  

Anti-Corruption Youth Greece

ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT

We are “Anti-Corruption Youth Greece“ (ACYG). 

A Civil Society Network of Greek youth, school and higher education students, working and jobless people aged 15 - 30. 

 We are “Anti-Corruption Youth Greece“ (ACYG). 

A Civil Society Network of Greek youth, school and higher education students, working and jobless people aged 15 - 30. 

We DO NOT accept/receive funding from any entity or institution of the public or private sector in Greece. Faculty members of Panteion University of Athens support pro bono our academic and educational activities and community work. Our work is independent, non-partisan, non-profit and for the public benefit. 

We are a network of young active citizens aiming to drive change in Greece, Europe and internationally.

We strive for Integrity, Meritocracy, Transparency, Accountability, Sustainability and Human Rights. 

We say NO to Corruption and YES to Growth and Democracy.


ArtLords

ANTI-CORRUPTION INNOVATION

To move a country forward, foster long-lasting peace and stability, and generate active individual and collective social participation, it is essential for a people to trust themselves, their fellow citizens and their government. This is why the ultimate goal of ArtLords is to bring about a nationwide peace initiative, which will engender a greater notion of peace building that discourages negative behavior in society and instead fosters tolerance and conviviality. ArtLords wants to reach out to the public at large to enlist their participation in shaping their future and making their voices heard through art and visual expressivity.

To move a country forward, foster long-lasting peace and stability, and generate active individual and collective social participation, it is essential for a people to trust themselves, their fellow citizens and their government. This is why the ultimate goal of ArtLords is to bring about a nationwide peace initiative, which will engender a greater notion of peace building that discourages negative behavior in society and instead fosters tolerance and conviviality. ArtLords wants to reach out to the public at large to enlist their participation in shaping their future and making their voices heard through art and visual expressivity.

The state suffers from a culture of conflict, corruption and irresponsibility. A culture of impunity, violence and various other atrocities. To address these atrocities is the duty of all state-actors. Citizens have rights and responsibilities. And voluntarism, cross-sectoral partnership and advocacy are what led ArtLords to be created.

The aim of ArtLords is to introduce the use of arts, through visual means, and to explore how art can impact behavioral change in people to promote critical thinking and enhance active participation. The long-term objectives of this movement focuses on creating a civic movement for accountability and social reform, using the soft power of art as an alternative to solve problems, and turning Kabul into the street art capital of the world. 

ArtLords has a core team of 25, who are all artists and activists, and 50 volunteers. They have more than 150 murals in the 15 provinces of Afghanistan. Members of ArtLords have traveled to paint and engage communities in the most unsafe districts of Afghanistan such as the Andar District of Ghazni and Spin Boldak of Kandahar. Today, ArtLords is the leading and most credible art management organization in Afghanistan. They are the “different-positive” story about a nation that has been misrepresented for decades. ArtLords has participated in exhibitions and artworks in Canada, Germany, France and many other countries. As the winner of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award in the Innovation category in 2016, it was an honor for the ArtLords team to gain recognized on the international stage by United Nation’s Secretary General and H.E. Emir of Qatar. This award gave them a boost in confidence and the necessary resources to continue their fight against corruption.

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Ms. Hanan Khandagi

ANTI-CORRUPTION INNOVATION

On 10th October 2010, 7-year-old Abdul Rahman sat chained next to the door after his supervisor forced him to stay alone as punishment for his hyperactivity. Abdulrahman suffers from a harmless mental disorder and hyperactivity. His story motivated Hanan Khandagi to dedicate more than one and half years to monitoring the physical, sexual and verbal violations children with special needs face at private centers in Jordan. Findings were compiled in the investigative video report “Behind the Walls of Silence”.

On 10th October 2010, 7-year-old Abdul Rahman sat chained next to the door after his supervisor forced him to stay alone as punishment for his hyperactivity. Abdulrahman suffers from a harmless mental disorder and hyperactivity. His story motivated Hanan Khandagi to dedicate more than one and half years to monitoring the physical, sexual and verbal violations children with special needs face at private centers in Jordan. Findings were compiled in the investigative video report “Behind the Walls of Silence”.

After receiving several complaints at Al Balad Radio she actively started following up on these centers. The complaints included glaring allegations that many violations had been committed in Amman. Working as a volunteer at a private center for 8 hours a day for two whole weeks, Hanan Khandagi used advanced technologies, such as tiny hidden cameras, to monitor and document these violations.

Only a few hours after the report was published, King Abdullah visited the private centers and expressed his displeasure at what he saw. His Majesty ordered the formation of a special Royal Committee to monitor and inspect the centers and submit a detailed report within 14 days. Accordingly 15 supervisors and directors of the centers who appeared in the video report were sent to trial and relevant laws and regulations for opening private centers were changed. The centers were also placed under strict monitoring and inspecting. CCTV cameras were installed and connected directly to the Ministry of Social Development to monitor these centers around the clock. In addition to all this, civil society committees were formed to visit these centers. Prior to this these centers’ management had prohibited such visits.

The report is available online and on YouTube) and years after its release, “Behind the Walls of Silence” still has impressive impact. The cabinet recently issued a decision which bars the opening of centers for people with special needs in Jordan, especially since it has been proven that most violations occur in such shelters. impressive impact. The cabinet recently issued a decision which bars the opening of centers for people with special needs in Jordan, especially since it has been proven that most violations occur in such shelters. YouTube) and years after its release, “Behind the Walls of Silence” still has impressive impact. The cabinet recently issued a decision which bars the opening of centers for people with special needs in Jordan, especially since it has been proven that most violations occur in such shelters. YouTube) and years after its release, “Behind the Walls of Silence” still has impressive impact. The cabinet recently issued a decision which bars the opening of centers for people with special needs in Jordan, especially since it has been proven that most violations occur in such shelters. impressive impact. The cabinet recently issued a decision which bars the opening of centers for people with special needs in Jordan, especially since it has been proven that most violations occur in such shelters. YouTube) and years after its release, “Behind the Walls of Silence” still has impressive impact. The cabinet recently issued a decision which bars the opening of centers for people with special needs in Jordan, especially since it has been proven that most violations occur in such shelters. 

The report brought positive change to many children with special needs at these private centers. It was the candle that lit the lives of many, after years of silence and injustice. It had the biggest impact on Hanan Khandagi’s career as well. She has gone on to do many investigative reports on human rights, Syrian refugees at the Al Zaatary Camp, autism, and manipulation in dairy factories. But this investigative report was the most circulated and remains the closest to society. This prompted many civil society entities in Jordan to nominate it for the Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Anti-Corruption Award. And winning the award shows that the fight against all forms of corruption is always worth the risks and effort. Khandagi’s career as well. She has gone on to do many investigative reports on human rights, Syrian refugees at the Al Zaatary Camp, autism, and manipulation in dairy factories. But this investigative report was the most circulated and remains the closest to society. This prompted many civil society entities in Jordan to nominate it for the Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Anti-Corruption Award. And winning the award shows that the fight against all forms of corruption is always worth the risks and effort.


 

Mr. Miodrag Labovic

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Professor Labovic has opened new dimensions of knowledge in anti-corruption by launching a new typology of organized crime that includes qualitatively new scientific criteria. Within the framework of this typology two new theoretical types of organized crime are explored, taking old practices to the next level. Institutional and institutionalized organized crime are seen as consequences and tools of a general concept of systemically corrupted policy. As these scientific concepts are brand new theoretical concepts, his perception of corruption marks a completely different approach compared to the most referred to authors in the world.

Professor Labovic has opened new dimensions of knowledge in anti-corruption by launching a new typology of organized crime that includes qualitatively new scientific criteria. Within the framework of this typology two new theoretical types of organized crime are explored, taking old practices to the next level. Institutional and institutionalized organized crime are seen as consequences and tools of a general concept of systemically corrupted policy. As these scientific concepts are brand new theoretical concepts, his perception of corruption marks a completely different approach compared to the most referred to authors in the world.

Corruption is not only one of the means through which criminals commit their organized criminal activities, but it is also a constitutive, essential element. Without this, the institutional type of organized crime could not exist. Academic authorities to date have understood organized crime as a close cooperation or as symbiotic ties. But according to Professor Labovic, the essence of any institutional type of organized crime actually ties back to the highest politicians of the state, who through unconventional corruption (not bribery) abuse their massive power over the system, as the chief bosses of a criminal organization. That’s why deep structural reforms are more than necessary.

Professor Labovic suggests a systemically-strategic approach with very concrete solutions. This differs from the partial and palliative approaches toward certain laws, such as the law for the whistleblowers, the law for collaborators of justice and others. These are very important laws, but they cannot yield the desired effects if are not systemically grounded. So, the general concept of a new developed system of separation of power means developing two inherent features, such as mutual control and balance of power. This is possible by establishing a qualitatively new coherent and complementary normatively-institutional structure. It can also be achieved by creating a systemically crossover series of optimally independent institutions (on the highest state level) from the executive and legislative branches in a qualitatively new approach, which is not absolutely independent from a wider set of institutional controlling mechanisms and has representatives of key social segments.

In such a normatively–institutional structure the sheer force of the system itself means the rule of law will be implemented to a much higher degree than before, regardless of whether political willingness from the parties in power is present or not.

The systemically-strategic approach for deep structural reforms in key social areas is not only needed in the Republic of Macedonia, but in similar countries which have suffered from the impact of various types of systemic corruption. According to certain estimates, this actually refers to 70-80% of countries in the world, which are on the list of the TI-CPI. This means it is important to follow this general idea for establishing a systemically crossover series of optimally independent institutions. Other suggestions for different modifications of these concrete solutions have not been excluded, as with all good complex academic research. Ultimately it depends on many specific factors unique to the different countries in question throughout the world. But Professor Labovic’s contributions have great potential, pertinence and applicability. 


Groupe de Recherche Corruption & Democratie (CORDE)

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Ce projet vise à examiner les processus politiques et économiques qui portent atteinte au fonctionnement idéal de la démocratie contemporaine, la privant durablement de la confiance des citoyens. Bien que l’intérêt pour l’étude de la corruption soit grandissant, il est doublement limité : tout d’abord, il porte le plus souvent sur les sociétés non démocratiques ou en transition ; ensuite, il repose sur une définition classique, mais réductrice de la corruption entendue comme abus du pouvoir octroyé par une position publique, en vue d’un avantage personnel.


 Ce projet vise à examiner les processus politiques et économiques qui portent atteinte au fonctionnement idéal de la démocratie contemporaine, la privant durablement de la confiance des citoyens. Bien que l’intérêt pour l’étude de la corruption soit grandissant, il est doublement limité : tout d’abord, il porte le plus souvent sur les sociétés non démocratiques ou en transition ; ensuite, il repose sur une définition classique, mais réductrice de la corruption entendue comme abus du pouvoir octroyé par une position publique, en vue d’un avantage personnel.

La spécificité de ce projet est triple : 1/ Tout d’abord, les chercheurs procèderont à une clarification philosophique du concept de corruption afin qu’il soit en mesure de concerner des phénomènes qui restent sous le radar de certaines études, comme la corruption du langage public. 2/ Ensuite, ils analyseront l’interaction entre la corruption des institutions et les caractéristiques morales des agents corrompus, tout en refusant de se contenter d’une approche binaire mettant l’accent uniquement sur les institutions ou les individus. 3/ Enfin, ils chercheront à comprendre comment des actes légaux, dans le fonctionnement normal des institutions, peuvent dérégler le jeu démocratique, engendrer une corruption politique des institutions et saper les fondements de la démocratie libérale : par exemple, les processus électoraux qui tendent à réduire l’offre politique, le financement des campagnes électorales, ou les comportements de maximisation des risques financiers qui ont des effets publics.