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INTEGRITY IDOL: USING FAME TO FIGHT CORRUPTION IN MALI
Charlotte Renfield-Miller February 27, 2017

By: Charlotte Renfield-Miller. This blog post was originally published by IREX. Since the coup in 2012, Mali has been plagued by corruption, which has hindered the government’s ability to combat terrorism. Mandela Washington Fellow Kondo Moussa is having none of it—and he’s fighting back against corruption by turning honest leaders into rock stars with Integrity Idol. Mali established a constitutional government in […]

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WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM INTEGRITY IDOLS IN PAKISTAN?
Fayyaz Yaseen, Country Representative, Accountability Lab Pakistan February 27, 2017

In January 2017, the Accountability Lab brought together the winners of Integrity Idol Pakistan 2016, experts in anti-corruption and governance (including Brig Mussadiq Abbasi, former Director General of the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan), Executive Director of the Accountability Lab, Blair Glencorse, and around 25 other representatives from civil society organizations. Unpacking Integrity The group discussed […]

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Integrity Idol puts public honesty number one
Ben Quinn January 28, 2017

International television show Integrity Idol aims to do for upstanding officials what primetime talent contests have achieved for aspiring pop stars  School prinicipal Dor Bikram Shrees, right, is winner of the Integrity Idol Nepal 2016 award. Photograph: Integrity Idol Nepal There is no glitter, diva-like tantrums or brilliantly lit stages, but the emotions on show […]

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Fighting Corruption: “Naming and Faming”: Liberia’s Most Honest Gov’t Officials
Lawrence Yealue January 24, 2017

Monrovia – National TV and Radio Campaign by Accountability Lab this week seeks to celebrate “Integrity Idols”. Corruption and a lack of accountability remain critical challenges to Liberia’s development- the most recent Transparency International poll scored Liberia at just 83rd out of 168 countries. Traditional approaches to tackling corruption have tended to involve the creation of […]

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INTEGRITY SUMMIT 2017: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM INTEGRITY IDOLS IN NEPAL?
Accountability Lab January 24, 2017

Background  In January 2017, the Accountability Lab brought together the three winners of the Integrity Idol Nepalcompetition since 2014 (Gyan Mani Nepal, Pradip Raj Kanel and Dor Bikram Shrees), along with other Integrity Idol finalists (including Bindu Kunwar, Tara Subedi, Bhishma Kumar Bhusal, Krishna Prasad Danchha, Bhuwan Kumari Rai, and Ram Narayan Shah), experts in anti-corruption and governance (including Suryanath Upadhyay the former head of […]

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X-Factor style accountability contest boosts integrity among government officials
Sophie Edwards January 16, 2017

Integrity Idol Nepal 2016 winner Dor Bikram Shrees accepts his winner’s trophy from Surya Nath Updhyay, former head of the anti-corruption agency in Nepal. Photo by: Ranjit Shrestha An X-Factor style contest which “names and fames” public officials who go above and beyond when it comes to serving their constituents, is offering a new way […]

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Gulmi principal named Integrity Idol winner
Myrepublica January 9, 2017

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Dor Bikram Shrees, the principal of Siddhababa Higher Secondary School, has been named Nepal’s Integrity Idol Winner of 2016. Chosen for the award from among nearly 850 nominees, Shrees’ initiative for affordable education has earned him the respect of students, guardians, staff and teachers in the district. “I feel very proud to […]

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INTEGRITY IDOL: CELEBRATING HEROES IN NEPALI PUBLIC SERVICE VIA A REALITY TV CONTEST
Narayan Adhikari December 28, 2016

  Three years ago, Accountability Lab Nepal developed a TV show through which honest government officials were filmed, with citizens watching the episodes and voting for their favorites. It was a surprise hit, taking the country by storm- with tens of thousands of votes being cast for the finalists. This season’s grand finale is yet […]

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Promoting good government, fighting corruption
Marc Gunther December 21, 2016

In the US, Integrity Idol might not qualify as must-see TV. The TV-and-radio show showcases five government officials, nominated by their fellow citizens, who are known for their honesty. People vote for their favorite civil servant via text messages or online, and the winner is crowned in a ceremony in the national capital. In Nepal, though, Integrity […]

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What one needs to know
Nagarjun Shrestha July 27, 2016

The idea and concept that inspired Integrity Idol is innovative in that no other program exists combining both elements of media and civic engagement to address issues of corruption within the government. Although Nepal’s own government has previously hosted a Best Civil Servant of the Year award but it was cancelled in 2014 because it […]

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