South Africa is the latest country to join the Integrity Idol movement. The initiative aims to inspire a national movement to encourage and connect honest civil servants. We are looking to name and fame those working in education, healthcare or safety and security who are working with integrity and doing the right thing when no-one’s watching. The project was launched by the Accountability Lab and partners, including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, LifeCo UnLtd and Democracy Works Foundation.
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; and 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.
Civil servants working in Health, Education and Safety and Security with at least two years’ experience are eligible for nomination. Nominations will close at the end of February after which an expert panel of respected South Africans will narrow the nominees to a top 10. Working with an Emmy award winning film-maker, young South African film makers will develop short films of the finalists, these will be shown on TV and social media platforms, with audio on community radio stations. We will then ask South Africa to vote for their “Integrity Idol” through SMS, social Media, WhatsApp and online polling.
South Africa’s first Integrity Idols will be crowned in a public ceremony during a special event with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Democracy Works LifeCo UnLtd and BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt on 19 May.
How to nominate?
South Africa can nominate their Integrity Idols by sending the nominees full name, contact number and place of work to our WhatsApp line +27 78 195 8385 or by using our URUP platform: http://bit.ly/integrityidolsa
The first 1000 verifiable nominations will receive R10 free airtime.
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About Accountability Lab
The Accountability Lab is building a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world. We support change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities, unleashing positive social and economic change.
For more information, contact: Faith Pienaar, Integrity Idol South Africa co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org