Henry Heina Sele is a Project Accountant within the Program Management Unit (PMU) at the Ministry of Agriculture. Over the past seven years he has managed a portfolio of $14.6 million and his performance was rated satisfactory by the World Bank and International Partners for implementation of the regional West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP IC Liberia). Due to his dedication and professionalism, he was retained as Project Accountant to formulate and prepare the ongoing Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Project funded by the World Bank for $25 million.
Musu M. Mulbah serves the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) as the Focal Person for all sexual and gender-based violence cases at the C. B. Dunbar hospital in Gbarnga Bong County. She is also the Zonal Head for the Dementa and Kokoyayh road community, appointed by the City Mayor of Gbarnga. Additionally, she is studying nursing at the Cuttington University Undergraduate School in Suacoco.
Ord Sejepo Jlateh is Assistant Commissioner for Budget and Finance at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA). Since 2000, Jlateh has worked with many institutions such as the Liberia Mission of SDA as an accountant; the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as National Senior Finance Officer; and the West African Union Mission of SDA, a larger organ of the Seventh-Day Adventist, comprising Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He also worked for the USAID-sponsored Governance Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) as Assisting Comptroller to International Financial Expert with assignment at the National Port Authority.
In 2013, Oretha Menyongar Thomas started work as a janitor at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Since then she has been assigned to various offices including General Service, Human Resource, and Women Empowerment. In 2016, based on her hard work and commitment, she was transferred to the office of the Minister proper where she is now an Office Assistant to the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Samuel G. Ford is Assistant Commissioner of Police for Community Services, having gradually risen through the rank and file of the police hierarchy from a cadet in the Special Task force to his current position. Samuel has received several honors and awards, among which he was named as an Ambassador for Peace, World Peace Recognition (2015), for the practices and promotion of universal moral values, a strong family life, inter-religious cooperation, and international harmony.
Patricia Togba is a Technical Assistant for the Department for Research, Policy and Planning at Liberias Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. She is known for motivating her team and always going the extra mile even if it requires additional time or personal resources. She believes that a lack of punctuality and productivity are forms of corruption. During the Ebola crisis, she collaborated with Save the Children to provide psychosocial counseling for affected families, and continues to counsel fellow staff and youth within her community. Integrity counts a lot, always be honest because you dont know who is watching. Serve as a positive role model to others.
Michael Dahn is the Deputy Commander at the Kakata Police Station in Margibi County. Michael is described by his colleagues as down to earth yet committed to the highest performance of his duties. He works directly with the Liberian National Police Standard Division which investigates police misconduct including internal allegations of police taking bribes from citizens. He is well-known among his colleagues for refusing to bend the rules no matter the person nor the circumstances. See people like yourself, once you arent showing difference to others, you treat people equally.
James K. Saybay is an administrator at Bong County Technical College located in Gbarnga, Bong County, which operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. James is well known across the county for his strong stance on integrity in the education system. He openly refused to give students grades for failed courses. During his service at the Supreme Court of Liberia, he stayed committed to following several challenging, even controversial cases through to resolution. Outside of his normal work responsibilities, he has mobilized his surrounding communities to implement a farm-to-markets road project that ultimately completed 32 roads across Bong county using local tools. He also worked closely with nurses in Bong County to provide safety awareness and prevention support during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Whatever we do in life, we should know that we are surrounded by witnesses. Do whatever you do to the best of your abilities.
Marpue Yekeku is a registered nurse at Johnsonville Public Clinic located in Johnsonville City, Montserrado County under Liberias Ministry of Health. She performs her duties at work and in her community with diligence, patience, and passion. She follows up with her patients, individually calling them to remind them to pick up their medication on time. She is well trusted by her community serving as financial secretary for her church, contributing personally to the church building project, and supporting her neighbors in paying their bills. Marpue also runs an orphanage started by her parents before they passed away, supporting more than 50 children. I ask the public, especially nurses, to serve with passion and do their jobs to the best of their abilities, which leads to greater integrity.
James Dorbor Jallah is the Executive Director of the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC). Prior to directing the PPCC, James oversaw the University of Liberia Testing and Evaluation Center. James remains committed to working with integrity and honesty no matter the social pressure. In one instance, over 20,000 students were found to have failed the entrance exam. Instead of giving in to public demands to change the results, he refused. He took an equally strong stance against 68 contractual agreements that failed PPCC criteria not giving in to titles or bribery to change his views (http://www.ppcc.gov.lr/vr). What I would like to tell the public, especially my counterparts in government, is that we have a small country, with a lot of resources, and if we can all commit, if we do the right thing for our country, [then] we will be able to turn this country around to a prosperous one.
Rebecca is a Physicians Assistant Instructor at the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts. Outside of work she teaches health at her church. Mrs. Scotland takes health very seriously and has committed her life to her work. She knows the future of Liberias health system rests in the hands of the practitioners she is training. In a country where students are known to bribe instructors for good grades, Mrs. Scotland is an exception. In her free time, she leads health classes at her church.
Vivian is the Registrar at a Pre-Primary School and outside of work runs a program to teach young girls skills and is the Secretary of a womens group. In her community she is seen as a leader and to her husband, an equal partner in their work to build a successful agriculture business. They are currently scaling a cassava farm and raising pigs to support their family and using. They are using this enterprise to train young women in agriculture and animal husbandry.
Jefferson is the acting Chief of Procurement at the LNP. Outside of work he does the accounting for his church. Amongst his colleagues at the LNP, Mr. Dolo is seen as a straight shooter and a stickler for the rules. Mr. Dolo got to this position after working odd jobs for many years and putting himself through school where he gained an advanced degree. With that he was able to secure his current position.
Yaah Bellah is a county coordinator for the Ministry of Gender and outside of work she manages two schools. Ms. Suah speaks with a subtle confidence that exudes humility. She is know in her community as a hard worker who is looking out for everyone. In her position, she counsels couples on marital issues, leads topics on issues like rape, and empowers women through trainings. Outside of that she runs two schools. She tried to leave her post a couple years ago to focus on the schools but her supervisors begged her to stay and that she did.
Alphonso is the Chief of Leeward at the Liberian National Police. Outside of work he assists his wifes ministry. Mr. Rancy has worked as a civil servant most of his life. Previously he was an agent of the DEA and then did a stent at the Fire Department before coming back to the DEA as a Chief. Rancy is know amongst his colleagues as being incorruptible and a hard worker focused on the interests of the Liberian people.
Musa was born and raised in Bonjeh, Bomi County where he is now Community Chairman, and he is determined to see the community thrive. For this purpose, he made sure a clinic was built, which has drastically improved health outcomes in Bonjeh. During the Ebola crisis, Musa commissioned a team to spread awareness and ensure that they went to health facilities, despite the widespread fear. In addition to these initiatives, Musa established a savings club for the women of Bonjeh so that they could become financially independent.
Bockarie Sakilla has worked as a medical professional for a long time and currently serves as a pharmacist in a government hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi county. While he helps people with their medications every day, he has gone even further and voluntarily paid for the education of students who couldn’t otherwise afford it. He visits communities without clinics and oversees the establishment of small medical shops with professionals to provide medication.
Sandra Roberts has worked in the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications for 16 years and has never been content with the problems she saw around her – she has needed to fix them. She has constantly faced pressure to hire based on favoritism or patronage, but has always refused to succumb to it, hiring only based on merit. Her vision is of a Liberia where everyone is accountable for their actions.
Jugbeh Kekula is a dedicated registered nurse who works in the emergency room at the Liberia Government Hospital in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. She also volunteers to provide birth control and family planning information at a market in Buchanan. She says she became a nurse because she loves the nursing profession, serving nation, her people and humanity, and helping to save lives one way or the other.
Oliver Kuson is committed to improving the education of children in Maryland County’s remote Barrobo district. He said he has held the post as an unpaid volunteer since 2009. He travels daily by foot to schools throughout the district to keep track of student and teacher attendance and to talk to students and their families about the importance of staying in school. Oliver says he love this community, his people and the people of Liberia so he will remain in the field, regardless of whether he is paid or not.
Daniel Nyenkan is the court clerk at the Pleebo Magisterial Court in Maryland County, a position he has held since 2009. He is also county coordinator for Community Watch Forum, and he provides free water to his neighbors daily from a recently dug well in his front yard. He says his favorite thing about his work is having the opportunity to serve others. Daniel adds that though it’s tedious and constrained, he tries to do his best because this is a job that he does for his people, not for himself.
Comfort Nimely is a caretaker at the Ministry of Internal Affairs office in Grand Kru County. She also volunteers with the Barclayville Marketeers Association and is a founding board member of the county’s only bank, Rural Community Finance Institution. She says you have to sacrifice yourself before money comes and that you have to do something to help your people.
Seorweh Jaycheneh is the lead prosecutor for criminal cases in the city of Pleebo, Maryland County. His job involves charging people with crimes and advising the police during their investigations. He began his 16-year career in law as a Justice of the Peace in Sinoe County, which is also where he grew up. He believes that what makes you a man of integrity is your consistency in following through on your word.
Water and Forestry Technical Officer in Koro in the Mopti region. Coming from the Tabacoro Forest Training Centre, Mr. Diakité joined the civil service in 2015 and was posted to Koro for his first time in the Mopti region. Despite limited means and a lack of transport, he uses his own motorcycle to carry out forest controls in his current position as Water and Forestry Technical Officer.
Chief Medical Officer of the Sikasso Health District. As Chief Medical Officer of the Sikasso Health District, Dr Coulibaly has brought consistency and order to the department with regular oversight meetings. She's also the first female doctor head of the CSRéf of Sikasso. She is described by her colleagues as an exemplary leader, who not only entrusts people with responsibility but also ensures their growth and development.
Coordinator of the Societe Energie du Mali SA in Diré. Mr. Issa Traoré has been based in northern Mali since he took up his duties. Between January 1999 and June 2003, he was technical operating agent for the Timbuktu power plant and from June 2003 to December 2014 he worked as head of the Kidal power plant. Since December 2014, he has been the Energy Coordinator of Mali for Diré. Since his arrival, the city of Diré has not experienced any major power cuts or power outages.
Ministry Policy Officer of African Integration, Bamako. Despite her busy schedule, Mrs. Sidibé is very active with women and youth associations in the Bamako district. Young people affectionately call her "Auntie" for her guidance and advice on the dangers of illegal migration. It encourages and promotes youth entrepreneurship through business creation. Mrs Sidibé works as Ministry Policy Officer of African Integration in Bamako.
Education adviser in charge of girls' schooling in Dioila. Having graduated from the Institut Pédagogique d'Enseignement Général (IPEG) in 1983, Mrs Coulibaly joined the civil service at the N'Kourala Public School (Sikasso). After a series of promotions, she found herself in Dioila in 1992 where she taught in two (2) schools: Socoura B and Socoura West. In 1999, she was appointed head of girls' schooling and pedagogical advisor for the same component in 2004. She now works as a generalist pedagogical adviser in charge of girls' schooling. She is particularly active in the field of gender-based violence, working on awareness-raising activities with parents on the importance of schooling and the harmful consequences of early marriage.
Former Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Malick studied at the École Normale d'Administration in Mali where he obtained a master's degree in private law. He then continued his studies at the French universities of Paris X-Nantes where he obtained a master's degree in general private law in 1999 and in Montpellier where he successively obtained a DEA in fundamental private law and a doctorate in private law and criminal sciences in 2000 and 2003. Malick Coulibaly taught law at Mandé Bukari University from October 2004 to June 2009 and at the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences in Bamako. He served as deputy public prosecutor at the Kati Court of First Instance until September 2008 when he resigned to protest against the non-application of a court decision. He was appointed human rights training expert to the United Nations Joint Support Program for the Promotion of Human Rights and Gender (PCDHG). He has also published several legal works.
Yassama is a senior health technician. She attended the nursery school of Ségou, the Vincenta MARIA center, from 1998 to 2001. From 2002 to 2003 she became head of medical station of Kani Bonzon in the circle of Bankass. In 2004, she served in the infirmary of the IFM of Diré and then joined that of the IFM of Sévaré in 2005 after her success in the entrance exam to the public service in 2006. She continued her studies at the 'INFSS (National Training Institute in Health Science) annex to Mopti (2009) and today she is a nutritional assistant at the Community Health Center (CSCOM) of Sévaré II. She fights daily for the good development of her community and she maintains a very good relationship with her patients.
Accountant of his State, Mohamed was born in GOURMA RHAROUS. He did all of his primary and secondary studies in Koulikoro. Mohamed Ag attended the Institute of Sciences. Applied (ISA) from Koulikoro where he obtains his Technician Certificate second part (BT2). He passed the entrance exam to the public service in 2009 and was assigned to the position of responsible for regulation and control at the Pollution and Nuisance Control Sanitation Service (SACPN) in Koulikoro. Appointed assistant material accountant and ticketing officer of the Regional Pollution Control and Nuisance Control Department (DRACPN) of Koulikoro in 2011 and from 2013 to the present day, he is the main accountant of said department.
Tahara is a midwife at the Reference Health Center (CSRéf) in Bla. She was elected municipal councilor in 2006. From 2007 to 2009, she studied at the Training School for Health Workers (EFAS) in Bamako. In 2011, Ms. Tahara worked as a contract worker on the HIPC fund and in 2012 she was recruited as a midwife in the public service. Since that day, she has served at the CSRéf de Bla. Currently, she is the assistant treasurer of the local red cross. Tahara is very committed to her work and cultivates a culture of respect and inspires her colleagues with her integrity.
Bakary is an agricultural engineer. After his success in the entrance exam to the public service in 2009, he was assigned as a trainer at the agricultural learning center of Samé (Kayes). Bakary was then transferred to the Regional Directorate of Agriculture (DRA) of Kayes in the position of monitoring, evaluation and statistics in 2010. From 2011 to 2015 he became head of division, promotion, promotion of crops and plant products. From 2015 to 2016, he was sworn in and made available to phytosanitary control in the agriculture sector of Kayes. From 2016 to the present day, Bakary is the head of the agriculture section of Kéniéba. According to his colleagues, Bakary is a proactive and exemplary agent who has made a big positive change in their agricultural production process.
Secondary education teacher; holder at the Lycée public de Tombouctou in charge of letters; Baba Mahamane is committed and dedicated to the education of young people but also and above all in the context of citizen actions. 39 years old; serious, respectful, honest in everything he does; he is responsible for a literacy project for early school leavers and early school leavers in the Timbuktu region. Despite the inexistence of a favorable working environment and living conditions, the native of Timbuktu decided to give the best of himself to move the lines.
Professor researcher in Bamako, Mr. Dembélé is Master - Assistant at the University of Social Sciences and Management of Bamako. Assiduous, honest and frank in his positions; he is the author of the establishment of a research laboratory within the Faculty of History and Geography called “Labo Hommes Peuplement - Environnement” where he initiates many students to research today. Passionate, he does his job with a lot of commitment.
A soldier and nurse in the service of the armies of the Ségou region, Maimouna was nominated for his commitment and his integrity in the practice of his work. Little talkative, Maïmouna Camara is a military nurse from her state. After studies in the health field, she joined the Malian army as a health specialist. Serving his country with loyalty, integrity and honesty, Maïmouna is appreciated by all of his service colleagues but also and above all by the patients who attend the health center of the Ségou Military Camp. She is 29 years old and a mother.
The passion to share and serve his community and toddlers has reshaped the career of Nassou Keika. School teacher, Nassou is the director of the kindergarten at Camp des Gardes in Bamako. Passionate about children, she is also active in all activities concerning youth within her community. Discreet, helpful, honest and honest; she always brings her knowledge to the education of children and has been carrying out a project on the education of young girls in rural areas for quite some time.
Generalist Second Cycle Master, Mr. Kané teaches in the locality of Manta 1er Cycle in the Municipality of Niamina (Koulikoro). Courageous, determined and above all enterprising, Kane's main mission was to make the importance of education known to the peasants so that they agreed to send the children to school. Also a master tailor alongside his teaching function, he initiates training in cutting and sewing for young people who have not been able to go to school. He trains in his community and participates in all local development actions.
Maiga teaches math at Bandiougou Bouare secondary school in Segou. Although math is her assigned subject, she is especially dedicated to both her female and underprivileged students. She arrives on time every day with a good attitude, demonstrating to her students the benefits of honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic. After school hours, you can find Ms. Maiga tutoring struggling students long after others have left. When asked why she goes above and beyond her duties, she simply states, “Whatever we do and wherever we do it, we must do it the best we can, because it's the only way to feel right when you return back home at the end of the day.”
Drissa Goita is an administrator of social and humanitarian services. He is known by his coworkers in Sikasso for his refusal to sink into corruption, even when corrupt colleagues cause problems for him. In his eyes, integrity means being a hard worker and refusing to take the easy way over the right way. Drissa dedicates himself to using what's given, money in particular, to improve his service to the citizens rather than improve his own life. On this, he firmly believes, “We must deserve our salary, no matter what happened, it's our responsibility to be sure we have what we are paid every month for.”
Maria Louise Keita is a nurse with the Military Health Service of Sikasso. She's respected by colleagues, patients and friends for her commitment to help others. Outside of work, she can be found supporting civil servants and anyone else in need of help. Honesty and integrity are crucial values for her, and she strives to be a role model for the next generation. In her roles as a nurse and civil servant, she is faced daily with, "the idea of how to serve everyone the best people all around, no matter where they are from and how rich."
Issa Dia of Bamako county is a military career man, but that doesn't mean he isn't interested in improving the lives of children. He began LAYIDU, a community initiative dedicated to educating young people by engaging them in sports. Hundreds of children in thirteen military camps around the country were given the chance to learn and play together in this unique program. His devotion to his job and helping his community, as well as his honesty and hard work, make Issa Dia a man of great integrity. His philosophy is this: “Between the desert and the savannah, the difference is not the water, but man who can transform everything. He can create life where there is none and destroy where there is plenty and I think as a member of the military I have to support communities the best I can wherever I go. ”
Seydou Djourte is a teacher and the director of Cholabougou primary school in Koulikoro. Although he often dreamt of living in a big city, he couldn't ignore the great need he saw in Cholabougou. The village lacked running water and many basic amenities, but Seydou knew he could at least provide its children with an education. To him, integrity means seeing a need and doing your best to help, which is just what he did by building a school and teaching in it himself. Thanks to Seydou, generations of children have been educated, and he hopes to extend this work across all of Mali.
Héctor Agustín Gálvez López is the Coordinator of the Addiction centre in the Preventive Penitentiary Varonil SUR. He began group therapy within the addiction treatment of the Preventive Prison for Southern Men approximately nine years ago and has contributed to a higher percentage of recovery in the prison population. Thanks to his initiative, group therapy has now been extended to other centres and Hector trains other professionals equally committed to the dissemination the values that make his rehabilitation practices effective.
Aura Eréndira Martínez Oriol is the Director of Budget Transparency at the Digital Public Innovation Agency in Mexico City. Since entering public service, Aura has spearheaded various projects that promote transparency and accountability, such as Mexico City's Budget Transparency portal and the Social Welfare Information System (SIBIS), for which it was recognized with the Inter-American Development Bank's Governor's Award. She is also co-founder of the "Mukira" Organization, which works with women to improve their quality of life and help them gain access to justice.
Jabnely Maldonado Meza is the General Director of Affected People in the Commission for the Reconstruction of the Mexico City. Jabnely actively participates in the titanic task of rebuilding and rehabilitating the homes of thousands of victims after the earthquake of September 19, 2017. Since joining the Commission for Reconstruction in December 2018, Jabnely has dedicated her time to caring for the earthquake victims, guiding them through their legal processes and ensuring that each family has a route to follow.
Janet de Luna Jiménez is the General Director of Development Planning and Economic Promotion in Alcaldía Azcapotzalco. She is committed to policies for the sustainable development of cities as spaces in which people can exercise their rights. As General Director and coordinator of an ambitious project such as Vallejo-i, she has been able to reach great agreements with the various institutions and coordinators involved. The project has been recognized by the Head of Government as one of the most important commitments of the City. Her work has allowed her to position herself and participate in high-level forums (UN-NY and UN-Nairobi, UNAM, Chamber of Deputies) and to publish technical documents such as the National Programme for Urban Development 2014-2018 and opinion articles in Animal Político, Huff Post Mx and Revista Política y Gobierno.
Pedro Correa Espinosa works in the Mayor's Office in Tlalpan and is in charge of promoting citizen participation in Pueblo Santa Úrsula Xitla. As part of his work, he reports on programs of the Mayor's Office and Mexico City and then disseminates them among the inhabitants of his town without any restrictions or conditions. He maintains an equal balance of men and women employees in his team as he considers gender equity to be a top management priority. In addition, he works closely with a civil association that is dedicated to providing assistance to women by promoting the LUNA programme in support of women victims of violence.
Senior ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) District Hospital, Mugu. The residents of Karnali lack access to basic services and the health services available to them are only sustained by dedicated health workers like Punya Prabha Devkota. Saddened by the untimely deaths of many people in her village, including her own father who died from Asthma as he could not access treatment in time, she decided at a young age to become a health worker and serve the people of her community. Punya Prabha has now served as a Senior ANM for 19 years in the District Hospital of Mugu in Karnali. Patients, especially women, in the village feel safer knowing that they do not need to travel far to receive treatment while Punya Prabha is around. Born and raised in Karnali, Punya Prabha has an intimate understanding of the problems facing this community. She can feel the pain of the patients and stands as a trusted caregiver for all seeking medical attention.
Food Investigation Officer Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Kathmandu Ishwar Subedi is passionate about quality food and brings a high level of expertise to his work. He created ‘Khadya Swachha Samuha’, a group for clean food comprised of concerned citizens, local police officers and members of the hotel association. Established in Muglin, the initiative soon inspired similar efforts in nearby districts, and a ranking system was created for hotels and restaurants. To date, 574 hotels have been ranked. This has made it easier for customers to choose based on quality and fostered healthy competition among the different hotels. Ishwar has 17 years of experience working in the department and holds a PhD in the same field. He has never worked for personal gain, but in recognition of his efforts, he received an award from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Under Secretary Ministry of Forests and Environment, Project Facilitation section Similar to other individuals, Gyanendra’s only goal when he started service was to secure his future with a government job. However, he soon realized the potential of government to transform society and he developed a sense of responsibility for his nation. When Gyanendra was Head of Project on the Sagarmatha Forest Development, around 2600 hectares of land was under encroachment by locals who would cut down trees for personal use. He organized a plantation campaign with the assistance of 500 Nepali police officers and the Nepal Armed Police. Today, the government has taken back 2000 hectares of land and has been successful in tree planting, transforming once empty land into a lush green forest full of trees. Gyanendra is known for including concerned stakeholders and various authorities in his efforts to set up programs and formulate plans. This approach has contributed to enhancing partnerships and growing trust between government and citizens.
English Teacher Shri Bhanu Secondary School, Tanahu Prem Bahadur is an English teacher at Shri Bhanu Secondary School in Tanahu, which was formerly a primary school with Prem as Principal. During that time, many children from marginalized communities did not pursue further education after completing primary due to lack of awareness and economic status. Most parents would send their children to countries in the gulf to work in menial jobs and earn money for the family. Prem realised that if the same school could provide primary and secondary education, it would be easier for the children to continue their studies. Through discussions with both teachers and parents, his vision slowly but surely came to life. However, despite being a fitting candidate to lead this new school, Prem selflessly chose to give up his Principal position. Due to Prem’s efforts, many children in the community have stepped into a school for the first time, and many of his former students are now contributing to society as doctors, engineers and NGO personnel.
Chief Administrative Officer, Chulachuli Rural Municipality, Illam Kajiman has a wealth of experience working at the local level. Before he came to Chulachuli Rural Municipality, major physical development work was at a standstill but thanks to him, the infrastructure of the Rural Municipality is now expected to be finished within schedule. Kajiman’s transparent attitude and practice have helped him maintain order. He implemented a new procurement process to make it clearer and more transparent, and change the trend of purchasing products from the same store. As per the new rule, from this year, the purchase cost for the entire year needs to be estimated and approval secured from the Rural Municipality before any funds are released. The same has been followed at the local level. This practice has not only increased economic discipline among staff members and residents, but also improved trust in local government.
The passionate under-secretary who inspires youths and creates change. Mahendra Prasad Paudyal is the undersecretary for the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Singhadurbar, Kathmandu. His colleagues know him as someone who places integrity and accountability at the centre of his work with youths. When working as district education officer, Mahendra introduced software which recorded both the income and expenditure of public schools automatically to stop education funding being misspent. Mahendra also creates opportunities for youth to mobilise around national issues, for example – after the 2015 earthquakes, he gathered over 10,000 youths who contributed to relief projects such as building temporary classrooms. He understands the importance of accountability and passing on these values to the next generation.
The hardworking administrative officer who brings a smile to the faces of service seekers. Dhruba Raj Acharya is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Tikapur Municipality in Kailali. He is known by his colleagues as the civil servant who really listens to the concerns of citizens who visit his office. One of his colleagues stated: “The ones who preach and practice the same thing are my idols. That is the reason why Dhruba Raj Acharya is my idol”. Dhruba believes that every major and minor decision made by the government directly affects Nepali citizens and therefore, all government activities should be transparent and accountable. Because of this belief, he invites the media to the announcement of any government decision and encourages them to report honestly about these. As of yet, journalists have only positive things to say about Dhruba and his administration.
The committed health worker and friend to women and adolescent girls. Sita Kumari Sharma is the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife for Birendranagar Municipal Health Office, Surkhet. She is known as both a health worker and friend to the community. Sita is accountable to all those she is responsible for, ensuring that all flood-affected areas, schools and rural communities have the health education and medication they need. Through her work, she discovered that girls were missing school during their menstrual cycle as they didn’t have access to sanitary products and female-friendly toilets. So, she introduced a campaign to distribute free sanitary pads to teenage girls and improve the toilets for them. After working with Sita, her colleagues agree that her unwavering commitment to women and girls pushes them to work harder, and their own integrity for their work increases just by following Sita’s lead.
The agricultural expert who ensures he is available to all farmers. Arun Kafle is the Senior Horticulture Development Officer, in Khumaltar, Lalitpur. His colleagues know him as an agricultural expert who works tirelessly to support farmers in transitioning from subsistence farming to commercial farming. Arun was instrumental in the introduction of ‘soil-less’ farming technology in Nepal, meaning farmers are able to harvest more crops with less land. He prioritises accountability and transparency by providing up-to-date information about farming subsidies and official decisions clearly on the website. He has also made the subsidy process more accountable by ensuring that farming subsidies are only being sent to authentic farmers, and not ‘fake’ farmers.
The administrator who prioritizes human values and norms above the laws. Ram Bahadur Kurumbang is the Chief District Officer for Bardiya district. He instructs his staff to be accountable to both the land and the people they are serving. He also visits the communities he serves twice a month to discuss issues with them in person before working hard to address these. Through this face-to-face discussion, Ram ensures he is being accountable to the citizens in the community. Additionally, after learning of the long-distance citizens had to travel to receive basic government services and the bureaucratic system that met them on their arrival, Ram decided to provide them with the services right on their doorstep. Following his lead, the Ministry of Home Affairs began organising their own mobile government camps.
Shesh Narayan Poudel thinks big and doesn’t always wait for an official green light before pursuing solutions to problems. Early in his career as the Chief District Officer of Baglung, Shesh noticed that residents of a remote hamlet had to endure a costly and perilous journey to obtain citizenship papers or a passport. So, he decided to bring those services to the people. More recently, he won praise for managing the emergency response to last year’s floods in Nepal. As Morang’s Chief District Officer, he dispatched public workers to go door to door visiting victims and set up a system to disseminate information to citizens and the media.
Krishna Dhital is credited with helping hundreds of farmers in Kavre district to dramatically boost their rice production and shift away from subsistence farming. Farmers were initially skeptical when he tried to introduce a new technology for growing the local crop. So he rented land and showed them how it could double their output. Now farmers are producing enough to sell their crops. Mr. Krishna believes in visiting farmers to learn about their challenges. He’s a familiar sight walking beside Kavre’s farms in his blue trousers and white shirt. He has created a Facebook page named “Hello Farmers” in order to handle grievances from the farmers and to provide tips and information on farming.
When Sabanam Pathak joined the forest service in 1991, few believed a woman would have the smarts or tenacity to help communities threatened by deforestation. During her long career as a forest ranger, she has proved her skeptics wrong, engaging rural women and other marginalized people to protect wildlife and bring forests back to life. She has worked intensively with the Chepang ethnic group, even learning their language so she could teach them animal husbandry and commercial agriculture. Her guiding belief is that if people see the forest is theirs, they will feel responsible to protect it.
Shabraj Bam has shown how a simple idea can change lives. A teacher from one of Nepal’s most rural districts, he saw how intimidated his students were by mathematical formulas. So he decided to turn math lessons into poems and stories, even setting them to tunes. His book “Maths Literature” is now used widely in Kalikot’s school system. Mr. Shabraj trains other teachers and hosts a radio program each year to help students prepare for their final high school exams. As a result, thousands of students who once found math scary now see it as fun. Shabraj has also taken a hard line against a culture of cheating on exams, a stance that has cost him with some of his colleagues.
Ms. Tiwari has devoted years to fighting on behalf of Nepalese migrant workers facing injustices abroad. She observed the mistreatment of such migrants up close while working in Nepal’s embassy in Kuwait. In that job, she persuaded officials of various companies in Kuwait to stop abuses and resolve problems. Later, her efforts to publicize the exploitation of Nepalese housemaids working in Gulf countries led Nepal to ban women from migrating to these places for such work. She is known for providing fresh ideas and working to hold her own ministry to a higher standard.
Shrees has led the efforts to make Siddhababa Higher Secondary School a renowned school in the district of Gulmi, but he refuses to take the sole credit for the school’s improvement claiming that everyone has contributed to this effort. Siddhababa Higher Secondary School has become a desirable option for families who want to provide their children with quality education, but are unable to afford the skyrocketing private school fees that have led many families into debt. With Shrees’s leadership, the school initiated compulsory computer classes, equipped classrooms with multimedia equipment, and set up a library with more than eight thousand books. He established a Trust Fund from the Lilaram-Kuntidevi National Prize of 50,000 NPR he was awarded, and uses the interest acquired from the Fund to provide scholarships for outstanding students with financial hardships. Today, there are fifteen similar Trust Funds in the school.
Tara Subedi is vital person for women in remote areas. The close ties between Subedi and her community developed over many years of her selfless and dedicated service. As a health assistant, Subedi has even wrapped new-borns in her own saree after delivery. Subedi’s first and foremost priority has always been the wellbeing of her community; even waking up in the middle of the night to deliver medicine to a patient’s house. After being informed by Subedi, citizens previously unaware of health services in their community are now using the services. Good work sometimes also faces resistance. During the Maoist insurgency, Subedi received threats from both sides in the conflict, accusing her of providing health services to the enemy. She even received death threats for taking action against staff who were not doing their job, but none of this wavered her commitment to her work.
Bhisma Kumar Bhusal’s friends and colleagues claim that he possesses all the desirable qualities sought in a public servant. According to the CEO of the National Reconstruction Authority, Sushil Gyawali, Bhusal has the ability to empathize with the public, is honest and of a moral character. But more importantly, Bhusal holds a firm stance against corruption. After the catastrophic earthquakes last year, Bhusal played a crucial role in the creation of the reconstruction budget as well as raising awareness about the disbursement of relief funds. By dealing in an exemplary way with banks and financial institutions, he made sure the funds reached the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. He has also been leading the efforts in managing foreign aid and collaborating with NGOs and INGOs for the reconstruction process.
Seek Bindu if you need justice’ is a common saying among the women of Banke. There are very few institutions in the country that deal with issues of violence against women, so women from all 75 districts reach out to her and consult her about the processes to address violence of varying nature. Because of Kunwar’s expertise in addressing cases of violence against women, many even call her the ‘Process Dictionary’ for women who have been victims of violence. Service seekers say that you can reach Kunwar from four in the morning till ten at night and she is always prepared to answer and advise people who call from all over Nepal. The Rupediha border in Nepalgunj is a trafficking hotspot. Kunwar has rescued and brought back many women who have been trafficked into India and has singlehandedly dealt with more than twelve hundred cases of orphans, women who are victims of violence, and senior citizens seeking justice.
As government schools struggle to retain students, Bageshwari Higher Secondary School receives 400 new students every year, some even from private schools, speaking volumes about the quality of the school. In 2071 B.S. a student of Bageshwari, Ayusha Suwal, ranked second nationwide in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination with 92.39%. The school also had the highest rate of students (156 students) taking the SLC exam in Bhaktapur. Dhanchha received the ‘National Education Award’ twice for his contribution to the education sector. A fellow teacher, Bhanubhakta Humagain spoke about how Dhanchha received a regional award for education and gave the prize of 10,000 NPR to the school.
Bhuwan Kumari Rai, a resource person of the hilly district Khotang, is actively working against women violence as Women Development Inspector. She gives consultation to women of one municipality and 72 vdcs. Khotang is one of the underdeveloped district of Eastern Development Region. National and International Non-Government Organizations even hesitate to implement their programs in this district and therefore it is not an easy task to visit all the 72 vdcs. Every day there are cases of rape in the district. Most of the girls are raped by their relatives. Some of them are even raped by their own father and grand-fathers. Those girls are rejected by society resulting in some committing suicide. Rai has played a vital role to re-settling the victims back into their communities.
When we talk about government or community schools, image of poor/unmanaged building, minimum number of students and unmodern management emerge in our mind. However, those who visit Beni Community Higher Secondary School located in Beni of Myagdi district changes this mindset. This is all made possible by the school Headmaster Dipak Shrestha. Shrestha, who played a major role in making the school best of Nepal 2069 (2012 AD), is an efficient administrator as well as a proficient manager. Every class is equipped with fan to generate student friendly environment. Disabled friendly infrastructures are developed. Library, laboratory, computer lab, sports ground are developed and are monitored by cc camera.
Ramesh Kumar Thapa, Assistant Management Officer of National Park and Wildlife Conservation Department Babarmahal, worked in Bardiya National Park for 22 years. During this time, the armed conflict meant Security force of Nepal Army, responsible for conservation, was centred in the highway whereas Nepal Police was positioned in district headquarters due to security reasons. Meanwhile the rhinoceros transferred from Chitwan were being killed by poachers. The residents of four village development committees of Surkhet which lies at the Northern border of the National Park namely Chinchu, Hariharpur, Lekhparajul and Taranga were living under poverty line. They were unemployed, uneducated and illegal hunting of wild animals was their profession. They were made aware of wildlife conservation and why this was important. 241 of them submitted their illegal weapons to the staffs of the National Park. This success could be compared to chewing iron flakes.
Pradip Raj Kandel has contributed greatly in protecting public rights, organizing public hearings and creating an inclusive opportunity. Kandel has worked in Mustang, Mahottari, Solukhumbu and Panchthar districts. During his stay in Mustang, Kandel played a major role to organize a bilateral discussion in January 1st 2006, which provided easy travel access to the Mustang people and created an environment of trade and commerce. This happened despite travel restrictions for people living within 30kms of the border. People of Mustang relate this achievement to gaining freedom.
Ram Narayan Shah, an expert in Mathematics and Nepali, uses technology and does a lot of homework before training teachers. In the words of Balkrishna Ranjit, Kathmandu District Education Officer, coordination between government and private schools is the key factor to end the increasing gap between them. Ram Narayan Shah is one of them who is working for the coordination. With a belief that partnership can support in improving the quality of school education, Shah, a resource person, is engaged in implementing the concept of group training and clinical supervision in order to bring uniformity in school education.
District Education Office of Panchthar district Gyanamani Nepal has given an example of possibilities if system are brought into place. The first time he reached that district with the responsibility of education office, student’s pass rate was just 14%, which is now exceeds 60%. This example itself speaks level of his contribution towards the community and accountability towards his duty. He introduced technology to improve devastating condition of education in his district. He went to every single school of 41 VDCs, visited classes, interacted with students as a civilian, then left his mobile number in the Black Board saying “If any of your teacher miss his/her class, arrive late in the class and leave earlier, go to house and either send me message or call through your parents phone.”
Being active in the education sector since 1990, Bhuvan Kumari Dangol is the first lady to run a medical college as principal by involving local community. Many of her colleagues consider her as strong women as she has executed administrative norms and values during her tenure regardless of the pressure from her colleagues, different organizations and even politicians. While there was a tendency of getting admission in medical college by spending money rather than the qualification, certifying students on the basis of how much money they have donated to the institution rather than how much they have score in performances evaluation, she challenged every single groups and entities associated with such practice and broke the chain of corruption and mafia. And to establish it as a law, she got the community involved in it.
A multi-disciplinary women social mobilizer, she serves in one of the remote districts, Rukum. She has never felt tiredness till date, while serving poorly educated and empowered local girls and women of that district, she has been educating, organizing and empowering them every day and night. In the experience of her colleagues, she travels every rural villages, some of them takes her 3 days of walking, without asking for rest, demonstrating higher level of accountability towards her duties. As a result, “She has scored 100/100 in her evaluation of performance appraisal” – says Rama Adhikari, her senior officer. She has also been working as Local Focal Person for Girls Education Program of UNFPA. To remark her achievement, 3 girls who have left their schools passed School Leaving Certificate after Lila helped them re-enrol into the school education. She has been helping girls and women to get organized, form groups to help each other in difficulties, start savings and mobilise those savings to improvise the condition of needy members, motivates them to send their girls to schools and also teach them adult education.
Pawan Kumar Mandal, who has served for more than 14 years as Health Assistant in government service, is 50 years old. As he started his government service from the most remote part of the country, Kalikot, he has been providing priceless health services to the people of remote villages who have been deprived of basic health facilities. The oath, which he has taken before starting his service, is his guideline that always drives him to serve those poor people regardless of time. Regardless of linguistic and cultural barriers, he has been accountable to the service seekers and that is the reason he has been awarded many times as the best employee in the districts he has worked for. For the last four years, he has been ranked 1st in his district according to the points of Performance Appraisal Evaluation.
Prem Bahadur Khadka has spent 35 years or his active life to improve educational standard of his community. As the Principal of Araniko Higher Secondary School, he has taken some unpractised steps in order to uplift the deteriorating educational standard of public school. He raised more than 20 million Nepali Rupees locally, by organizing Purana, to start higher secondary education +2 in his school to insure easy access of higher education for kids of local community, and most importantly despite of expecting funds from government or any development agencies, he mobilized local community to do so. He started to provide year-long extra coaching classes to enhance the level of education for the students of economically backward and marginalized community. His school provides various kinds of scholarships to the deprived students through established memorial trust funds. Every year, 3 students get scholarship that insures their free education up to +2 levels. Not only through trusts, but he also offers scholarships from his personal level.
Soumaïla Garba Bogou has a sense of duty well done and the spirit of a leader concerned about the future of his country, hence the esteem of the hierarchy and the respect of his men. He has carried out several missions in Niger, including the mission to secure the Niger-Nigerian borders in the fight against terrorism, the mission to secure the Niger-Malian borders in the fight against terrorist groups and the blue helmets in the 2015 Niger contingent in Côte d’Ivoire as operations officer.
Our world in general and the least developed countries in particular suffer from corruption in all areas of our existence. As a teacher, believing in fair education for all, and concerned about training competent future managers, Amadou believes that fraud and corruption in the education system are more disastrous than ignorance. Not only do they plague the education system, but they also promote incompetent and irresponsible men and women. “For the elimination of corruption and fraud, I commit myself without any ulterior motive!”
Adama Assoumane was a volunteer at the civil registry office of the Dioundiou town hall in 2004. Given her determination and her qualities to serve the country, the population speaks a lot about her. Her service to the needs of the people has made her a model in her environment. She reflects the integrity to which every good citizen aspires.
Issa Ango served in Mehana in the river region as a CSI officer and was posted to Zarmaganda where he served in Baniboungou, Dingazi Banda, Bané Beri and Ouallam toujo- urs as a CSI officer. He passed the professional entrance exam to the Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey, to enroll in ENT and obtain his degree in health science option ENT and since this year, he was assigned to the RHC of Maradi for the position ”Major service ENT” before being assigned to the transfer pharmacy. Through an association he promotes a breed ”Ballemis” and especially fights against its disappearance.
After her primary and secondary education, she obtained a Master II in Administration and Business Management during her higher education. Djamilatou has completed several internships in the Nigerien ministries, NGOs and Nigerien Enterprise. Her determination and love of her work gave her more motivation to become an Agent at the Court of Auditors. “Integrity and honesty in our work must be a duty for all, if we really want the development of a state.”
Tani Ali Nimlan is Assistant Director at NAFDAC Headquarters in Abuja. She ensures all regulated products distributed and sold to the public are safe, efficacious and of good quality. She also ensures that proper regulatory action is taken on the violating products. She participated in the US Food Regulation current issues seminar, that took place in July, 2012. Tani does not give in to any pressure in the form of bribes and threats of violence. She has ensured that neither herself nor her team fails to uphold the mandate of the Agency. She believes in giving her best to serve the nation and has received special recognition from the agency for the efficiency of her work. She states that she believes in integrity because that is the right thing to believe in; doing what is right always. She describes her mission statement as remaining truthful, honest and always doing what is right. She has been described by her colleagues as hard working, committed to her work and very proactive, easy going, jovial and transparent.
Tina Odinakachi Iirmdu is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Jos. Her challenging childhood experiences – including incessant unrest and intimidation from cultists to her mom’s livelihood after the loss of Tina’s father – inspired her to set up scholarship programs for female indigenes of her hometown Umuako, Umuahia South, Abia State, and Jos, Plateau State to encourage the girl child. She is a philanthropist and the CEO of Jediba Foundation located in Jos, a foundation that reaches out to widows and orphans. She has been an active civil servant for 10 years. Earlier in her career, as an examiner for the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), she reported an exorbitant sum paid by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to her bank account in error. This outstanding act of conscientiousness and the subsequent media involvement alongside guest appearances on national television laid the foundation for her student mentorship program which was initiated in 2011. She constantly defies threats in order to uphold fairness and merit in examination evaluations. She has been described by her colleagues as friendly, hardworking, humane and humble.
Christian Ngozi Ahiauzu is the Head of the Network Infrastructure Unit of ICTC at the University of Port Harcourt. He is an IT consultant who mandates due process in the selection of contractors to promote Open Contracting and Transparency, and ensures that such jobs are done according to specification without undue compensation. His life, livelihood, and his family members have been threatened due to his refusal to compromise his integrity. In order to improve accountability and integrity at work, he developed workflows which gave rise to computer applications which track and monitor the registration and use of the University Intranet system. He has equally maintained a workforce who believe in his modus operandi, with his integrity as an example for them to follow. He states that integrity is like a life style for him, and he believes that with integrity and responsibility in the use of power, Nigeria can actually become a better place. In the future, he wishes to venture into entrepreneurship, thereby becoming an employer and also, giving back to the society. Additionally, he intends to become a motivational speaker, who will champion movements for social change. He currently runs Facebook page called Ambassadors of Change in an effort to drive advocacy for change in Nigeria.
CSP Francis Osagie Erhabor is a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of D Division, Itam, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state. He has never taken a bribe in 29 years of active service. In the police force’s D Division, bail is free and no policeman dares take a bribe from community members. His officers have earned the trust of the community for their stand on integrity and this has gained the needed support and collaboration to fight local crimes. He is very involved in community projects and mentoring young people. While on duty as the pipeline commander in Edo State, he refused bribes of 1.5 million naira offered to him weekly from four individuals who were involved in illegal oil bunkering. In addition, he rejected 500,000 naira per week as returns from his subordinates, given to them as bribes to allow adulterated petroleum products to be brought into the state. Rejecting these tempting offers earned him several enemies, especially considering that his 37,500 naira monthly allowance was not steady. He states that his belief in integrity stems from the trust and respect he has earned from the community he serves, which makes his job easier. He advocates “standing for truth even when no one is on your side.” In future, he hopes to actualise a Police Force that is the dream of the citizenry.
Kacheilom Betram Roberts-Ndukwe is a Teacher at the Government Secondary School in Ataba community, Andoni LGA, Rivers State. She once investigated and exposed a teacher who was receiving a salary from the school while moonlighting as a banker instead of teaching. The teacher’s name had been continuously reflected on the voucher for monthly payments in collaboration with the principal who was sharing her monthly pay. In another instance, Kacheilom responded to concerns from students about their West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees being increased abruptly. When she anonymously reported the issue to the community head, she found out that there was an insider that exposed her as the inquisitor. She personally investigated further to discover the extortion was directly from the School Principal, and she reported him to the Education board. He was subsequently disciplined and asked to refund all monies extorted from the students. She supported the revamping of a bore hole in the community in order to provide access to water, raises concerns about student’s welfare and expends her personal finances to meet their academic needs. Kacheilom believes that everyone deserves to be treated in a fair and honest manner and that integrity involves being truthful and sincere in all you do.
Abdul Majid Oniyanyi, a magistrate with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Magistrate’s Court, Abuja, Nigeria. Abdul ensures court trial processes and judgments are always transparent and open, especially issues around the Nigerian Police Force and members of the general public. His model is not to entertain anyone who has a pending case before him. He works assiduously to ensure judicial processes are unbiased, fair and corrupt free.
Benson Agwu, a veteran journalist with Ebonyi State Newspaper Corporation, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. He is a dedicated and courageous investigative reporter known for constructive criticism and monitoring of government expenditures. Benson was exiled from Ebonyi state for 9 years after exposing officials of government’s (at the state level) involved in a bank robbery in 2003. Furthermore, in order to stop the menace of political assassination, he has published articles exposing corrupt government security personnel used as political tools in Ebonyi state.
Aremu Kehinde, a Deputy Director at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Also doubles as the NYSC State Coordinator, Anambra State, Nigeria. He was previously nominated for 2017 Integrity Idol. In ensuring government systems are accountable and transparent, he pioneered the digitalization of the NYSC staff records systems and redesigned the current NYSC mobilization process using an electronic platform with safeguards that makes external intrusion/ manipulations difficult, while maintaining high level of data integrity. In the process of doing this, he uncovered inconsistencies in documentations involving colleagues and superiors. This discoveries led to life threatening incidents like; burgling his car and office on different occasions.
Bukola Adewunmi, an investigative journalist with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). In one of her encounter to provide reliable and valid information to citizens, she was arrested along with her children by security personnel for investigating a case involving government and the private sector. She believes in standing for the truth, and reporting news accurately and truthfully.
Bravo Otohabru, a Pharmacist by profession, currently the Supply Chain Director at the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Abuja, Nigeria. In order to maintain integrity of the supply chain distribution process at his workplace, he put measures in place to ensure transparency and accountability in. He ensures bidding processes, screening exercises and selection of eligible contractors are transparent and open, even though there is external pressure to circumvent the process. Bravo feels a great sense of pride when he does the right thing.
Nuzo Eziechi serves at the Bureau of Public Enterprise, Abuja where she carries out her duties (HR policies and Business Strategy alignment, workforce planning, learning and development) dutifully and has become a role model to many in her work environment. Nuzo refuses to take bribes from anyone, and ensures that the Bureau’s standards and values are upheld despite the challenges.
Igbolo Magdalene is seasoned lecturer at the University of Abuja where she helps to build the next generation of responsible leaders in Nigeria. She refuses to give in to dishonesty, rejecting bribes from students and pushing back against admitting the relatives and friends of government officials to the university if they are not academically qualified.
Ogumelen Justina serves with the Federal Capital Territory, Agricultural Development Program where she supports and encourages farmers in rural communities by empowering them with relevant information and other resources needed to increase their efficiency. She is an official with great integrity, who refuses to take bribes for access to the resources she controls.
Yemi Kale is the Statistician General at the National Bureau of Statistics where she ensures that the numbers and projections we need as a nation are meticulously collated and made readily available for use. His integrity has seen him strive to uphold the dignity of his office against all the odds, refusing to alter national statistics to impress the government and releasing only the correct statistics to Nigerians.
Tubokenimi David serves at the State House Medical Centre in Abuja as a Physiotherapist, where she provides meticulous health care services to her clients, saving lives and going the extra mile to ensure citizens stay healthy. As a person of integrity, she advocates vociferously for young girls, encouraging greater awareness around education, gender equality and gender-related health issues.
Umar Tufail is a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in the Khairpur District of the Sindh Province. He helped spread peace in Kashmore, one of the most dangerous areas of Sindh, and the young officer’s work has been praised by members of the community. He is a person of integrity, fully committed to serving people, and strictly against bribes, favoritism, corruption and nepotism. He was instrumental in arresting the main suspect in the murder of a 13-year-old girl, Rimsha Wasan, in February this year. In another murder case, that of a of 9-year-old boy, Umar arrested a landlord in Khairpur despite enduring many threats to his safety. Tufail is widely acknowledged as one of the people playing a major role in promoting peace and accountability in the most dangerous parts of Sindh.
Zahid Ali Khan Khattak is a Medical Superintendent (MS) at WAPDA Hospital Mangla in the District of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). He is renowned for his commitment to work and passion for serving the community. When he first joined the hospital, there were massive problems of corruption and mismanagement, so he inquired about the processes and discovered a corruption case involving the sum of PKR 1.6 million. Zahid was able to identify the culprits and recover the full amount. He has since automated and continued to maintain the system. He also believes in women empowerment and is an advocate against women harassment. He has contributed to female doctors’ inclusion and creating a harassment-free environment in the hospital. He has been awarded the Quid-e-Azam Gold medal for his achievements by Tehreek-e-Istehkam-e-Pakistan Council (Regd).
Rizwan Akram Sherwani is Director of Excise and Taxation in Lahore, Punjab Province, and is regarded as a highly competent, brave and honest government official. He has taken on many initiatives, including introducing a toll-free hotline number for the public to access all tax-related information directly, which played a major role in boosting transparency. He also introduced the Press Citizen Dialogue Forum, aimed at addressing citizen’s issues related to tax in a friendly atmosphere. Furthermore, Rizwan initiated the “Motor Taxation Management Information System”, which helped the government eradicate corruption by tracing all illegal number plates which were being sold at higher prices. In his more than 20 years of government service he has worked on numerous government projects that have brought significant change.
Rohana Kakar is Secretary of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) in Quetta, Baluchistan Province. Rohana was the first female to be appointed to this post after 1966 because of her bravery and hard work. She maintains high professional integrity and is committed to her job, remaining in the field day and night resolving public transport issues. She has done a great deal to curb malpractice in public transport such as the cancellation of illegal permits and licenses. She has been threatened many times, especially by transporters who demand favors in obtaining licenses and renewing their expired permits but she consistently refuses. Rohana takes strict action against those caught driving without licenses and for this purpose she introduced Driving License Mechanism and made driving tests mandatory for everyone. Her efforts in modernizing public transport are remarkable, keeping in view the lack of resources in Baluchistan.
Imran Zia is District Monitoring Officer in Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province. He is considered to be honest, fair, truthful, and easily approachable to the public as he strongly believes in serving the people. He conducts background checks and inspections on various institutions, including secondary schools. This involves performing a check on the schools’ administration, faculty punctuality, and student enrollments. During the checks, he often receives bribery offers but he consistently refuses. Imran reported and helped in closing down a school in Haripur District that had been illegally taken over by intruders. He says, “I will never compromise on merit and fair working; favors will never be entertained during my tenure, regardless of the source.”
Aamir Shehzad is a Social Welfare Officer at the Office of Social Welfare in Islamabad. This is generally one of the positions most susceptible to corruption as Aamir is in charge of registering NGOs, which can be quite lucrative. But throughout the office he is known for his integrity and accountability, turning away those that try to pay him bribes or pressure him to act in their interests. Despite being relatively new to government, Aamir is setting new standards within Islamabad and beyond and showing the integrity that a new generation of civil servants can bring to government.
Amjad Iqbal is District Commander of the Elite Force in Shangla, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He is renowned for his bravery, honesty and commitment to the rule of law. After raiding a gang smuggling drugs in 2016 he became the target of criminal networks including several assassination attempts but his commitment to the law has never wavered. Amjad credits his commitment to the Pakistani people as the key to his safety. Every day, Amjad is indicating just how far our government officials need to go to support accountability in Pakistan.
Azadi Fateh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mass Communications af Federal Urdu University in Karachi. She believes strongly that integrity begins with education, and in the power of knowledge to change Pakistan. She has fought corruption and insecurity on university campuses through offering students access to peace and conflict resolution classes and finding opportunities for them to study abroad; and has worked to formalize the university’s relations with the Karachi Press Club, to support a new generation of journalists who can push for accountability.
Shehryar Gul is a Deputy Commissioner in the Deputy Commissioner’ Office in Mir Pur Khas, Sindh; and known as one of the most progressive public servants in the province. Throughout his career in the public service he has worked to innovate within government systems, gather data to drive decisions and use technology to better serve citizens. During the 2018 elections, Shehryar managed to ensure a free and fair vote, despite significant political pressure and efforts to mobilize government machinery in support of certain candidates.
Batool Asadi is the Additional Commissioner Revenue at the Commissioner Revenue Office in Quetta, Balochistan. Batool is renowned for her courage in the face of integrity challenges and was the first female civil servant to serve as a field Assistant Commissioner in interior Balochistan. She quickly became known within the communities in which she worked as a person of deep honesty and commitment to the truth; and is working to reform government in Balochistan from within.
Saqib belongs to the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and is from the 25 CTP batch. Integrity and professionalism are the attributes which he has carried throughout his service. He believes that integrity should not be gauged only through financial matters but also on work ethics and professional commitment. Although he has served on numerous important and sensitive assignments like District Coordination Office (DCO) Rawalpindi, DCO Attock, Executive District Officer (EDO) (Finance & Planning) Rawalpindi, Secretary (I&C) Punjab and Secretary Information Technology in Balochistan. Currently he is serving as commissioner Bahawalpur in Punjab Province.
With over fifteen years in the public sector, Farid started his career as an Assistant Commissioner in the Industrial area of Islamabad. He has worked as a Deputy Commissioner and as a Director at Land and Rehabilitation Capital Development Authority (CDA). From 2014 – 2016 he served as the deputy Secretary to the Prime Minister after which he moved to Karachi as a Deputy Commissioner to lead the process of clearing the 28-kilometre-long Gujjar Nala in Karachi, removing more than 14,000 households and structures that have encroached on land for the past 50 years. Farid was offered millions of rupees of bribe to let the illegal settlers remain there. Upon refusal, he faced numerous threats to his life, but he never caved in. Currently he is working as a Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro in Sindh province.
Afifa represents one of the most progressive and empowered faces of women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. For the last sixteen years, as a member of the Institute of Management Sciences at the University of Peshawar Afifa has acted as a role model not only for her students, but also for senior and junior colleagues. She is always dedicated to her work, always available to the students, and never hesitates to go the extra mile to assist her students. On occasions, Afifa has been approached by the influential families, who tried incentivize her to help their children clear exams with good marks – she never caved in. She is known among her students as someone who stresses on personal integrity and honesty as a must-have value in life.
Zafar Khan works for the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC). With over twenty-five years’ experience, he has served in numerous positions though most recently as Director of Accounts. Many times throughout his career he had the chance to take a bribe but he remained committed to remaining honest. As an honest, hardworking professional, he has demonstrated and transferred his professional and technical knowledge to those he works with and encourages them to display the same characteristics.
Rubab Durrani started her career in Public sector in 1987 as a lecturer. In 2005, she was appointed as a principal of a girls college. Three years later, she was promoted to the post of joint director of colleges. She has conducted many programs at both national and international level for the betterment of provincial education and in particular girls education.
Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir is Secretary at the Punjab Cooperative Board for Liquidation, where isn’t happy unless he’s doing the best work he can. In addition to working long hours, and thoroughly preparing for every day’s meetings, he treats all of his colleagues with great respect. He even gives the public access to contact him at any time, so that they’re voices are heard. Although he is particularly careful to use all official money correctly, he firmly believes that money can’t buy the satisfaction of helping people and that this satisfaction is the ultimate reward.
Farukh Attique is Deputy Commissioner of Mastung, Balochistan where he’s dedicated his career to serving the public with justice. Despite security concerns, Farukh tries to keep an open door policy for the citizens he serves and prefers to interact with people face to face. His dedication to openness has also led him to support measures allowing the public access to all public sector documents because he believes shared information is reliable information.
Meher Un Nisa is the Media Coordinator for the Planning and Development Department of Sindh. Her role there involves bridging the gap between the department and the people it serves, many of whom don’t know about the projects planned that may impact them. By sharing information widely she helps build accountability and transparency in the communities. She truly believes that there is no greater honor than serving and working for the people of the Islamic Republic as a public servant.
Imtiaz Khan Khichi is Assistant Commissioner of Depalpur, District Okara. He knew from childhood that he wanted to work in the civil sector, to fulfill his dream “to work for the welfare and the wellbeing of the public.” In his role, he’s been known to work very long hours in tasks such as protecting citizens’ lands against encroachment. He hopes to inspire others to join the civil service and strive to perform their jobs with justice.
Fida Hussain works as a lab assistant in the government post graduate college in Mardan. He exemplifies integrity by performing every aspect of his job with great dedication, from providing quality lab experiments to respecting his students and colleagues. Outside the classroom, he encourages students to be disciplined and respectful in their personal lives as well. He dreams of achieving development through consistent honesty in the public sector. There is a common perception that public sector employees don’t work hard, which inspired Fida to join it to change that perception with his honesty and diligence.
Gugu Mlotshwa is a Community Health Facilitator based in Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal. She works at the Eshowe District Hospital where she ensures that the community receives access to different health care systems available to them. She is driven by a desire to serve the people around her, especially those in remote areas. Gugu is part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe – an inter-departmental group which works collaboratively to resolve challenges raised by the communities she serves. She leads a team of 98 Community Care Givers, who work in the community to provide people with access to health care services.
Sakhile Nkosi is a clinical audiologist in Lydenburg Hospital in Mpumalanga. He was inspired to become an audiologist after growing up and seeing firsthand how isolated a deaf member of his community was. When Sakhile arrived at Lydenburg Hospital in 2017 as a community service intern, he did not have a supervisor. A big part of his commitment to the public service is to ensure that incoming community service student interns are well trained and have someone they can learn from and be accountable to. He works hard to provide care to patients who come from all around Mpumalanga for his services.
Moshalagae Malatji works in the Limpopo Department of Education as the head of the province’s Library and Information Services division. She started working in the public service as a mathematics teacher at Makgofe High School and went on to become the school’s principal. Later, she was seconded to the Lebowakgomo circuit where she worked closely with school principals in the district. In her current role, Moshalagae ensures that schools that have libraries are well-stocked, and works to improve the condition of libraries. Her mission as a public servant is to improve literacy and reading for meaning, and to support schools to use libraries in addition to their teaching and learning.
Helimamy Moeng is the Manager of Pharmaceutical Services at the Southern Western Sub-Structure in the Western Cape. She always knew she wanted to work in the health care system, and when the time came, chose to train as a pharmacist. Helimamy started working as a public servant in Gugulethu Clinic, delivering much needed ARV and ART treatment to HIV positive patients. She now oversees the distribution of medication around the South Western Districts of the province. Helimamy is motivated in her work in the public service by ensuring that people have continued access to medication, and is passionate about staff development in the pharmaceutical services.
Clinton Odayar is a police officer who currently works as a K9 Search and Rescue Officer at the Umhlali K9 Unit. He is motivated by a need to give families and loved ones closure when someone goes missing. He does this with the help of his canine companion, Dante. Together, they have been instrumental in finding many people who have gone missing in the area. Clinton supports neighbouring police stations and private health care services to give everyone missing a loved one closure. Additionally, he does safety awareness talks at schools and hosts anti-drug and anti-bullying workshops.
Natascha Meisler is an educator at PT Combined School in the Free State. She works as a special needs teacher, working closely with learners with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. She implements the curriculum by using innovative teaching and learning approaches for entrepreneurship and life orientation skills. Natascha’s care extends beyond the classroom as she continues to develop out of class learning experiences such as leading the development of a skate park built from recyclable materials.
Deon Easu and Jocelin Flank are Firefighters and EMS responders at the Florida Fire Station in Johannesburg. Together they have initiated the South African Fire Youth Academy to develop the next generation of EMS responders. Currently the Academy engages more than 100 young people on a weekly basis. The Academy has remained a pillar in the community for the past ten years and continues to role model ethical servant leadership within the public service.
Elizabeth Mkhondo is a nurse at Stanza Bopape Community Care Centre in Mamelodi, Tshwane. She serves in the facility’s TB unit and is unrelenting in her care towards all her patients. Elizabeth, in her colleagues’ words, is the facility’s preferred nurse of care as she models the Public Servants Batho Pele principles. Stanza sees some of the highest drug-resistant TB cases in the country and Elizabeth ensures that her patients receive consistent and where necessary home-based treatment.
Mirja Delport is a doctor at the Oudtshoorn District Hospital. Her personal experience of the public healthcare challenges inspires her to ensure that patients are directed to the correct health care access points to facilitate timely treatment. Dr. Delport also works at local community-based clinics in Dysseldorp in the Western Cape. “Integrity, for me, is following up on all my patients and not letting one slip through the cracks, she says. “It is advocating for their care when they are not able to and it is a commitment to doing right.”
Vinny Pillay is a police officer at the Umhlali Police Station in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Described as a pillar of his community, he engages the youth by facilitating workshops in local schools. In his role of Captain, he often goes beyond the scope of his duties by attending to the broader socio-economic needs of the residents in Umhlali. He shares “My work as a police officer is a lifelong calling to continue to safeguard communities in South Africa. Integrity is fairness and working to bring about justice and protection to those we serve.”
As Divisional Secretary for the Verugal Division in the Trincomalee District, Mr. Kunanathan’s strong anti-corruption stance has led to improved public service delivery at the Secretariat. Embracing the potential of digital technology to combat corruption, Mr. Kunanathan introduced an online applications and approvals process for various services offered by the Secretariat. In addition to this, Mr. Kunanathan has also been swift to initiate action on officials accused of corruption. Mr. Kunanathan has also taken on the responsibility of implementing many social welfare and community development projects in the Verugal area.
Corruption in Grade 1 enrolments at public schools is a major issue faced by the general public annually. The Principal of St. Mary’s College, Mathugama, Ms. Priyadarshani developed a unique scoring system to mitigate and prevent such corruption. Her merit-based enrolment system has won her praise and applause from all quarters in her community but she has also met the ire of political authorities with courage. Her efficient use of limited resources to develop facilities at St. Mary’s College including the introduction of E-boards and sports facilities has earned her many commendations.
The health sector is constantly plagued with accusations of corruption and malpractice. In such an environment, the Director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Dr. Sathiyamoorthy stands apart as a medical administrator who tirelessly strives to ensure the welfare of his patients. Dr. Sathiyamoorthy identifies dereliction of duty in the health sector as a major corruption issue and has strived towards combating this by instituting several measures including prohibiting private consultancy by doctors whilst on duty at the hospital. His actions have earned the Jaffna Teaching Hospital a reputation amongst patients as being an exceptional health service provider.
As an Assistant Superintendent of Customs at the Sri Lanka Customs Central Investigation Bureau, Mr. Amarasinghe has played a lead role in many successful raids and prosecutions carried out by the bureau. Mr. Amarasinghe identifies the Customs department as a key revenue earner for the state and is committed to the belief that these revenues should be utilised to improve public services.
As the Director General of the Coast Conservation Department, Mr. Chandrakeerthi took the lead in implementing the Department’s online approvals system. Having identified one-on-one interactions between clients and department personnel as providing opportunities for corruption, Mr. Chandrakeerthi deployed an online approvals system to minimise such interactions and automate the approvals process. Throughout his career in public service Mr. Chandrakeerthi has displayed a demonstrable commitment to honesty and integrity.
An education administrator with integrity, Mr. Bandara stood up against the highest political authority in his province when he was asked to carry out an activity that violated department regulations. He was subsequently transferred but uncompromising on his principles, Mr. Bandara took the matter to the Supreme Court where the court ruled in his favour. A glimpse at his career as a school principal too reflects his dedication to public service.
A public administrator with a proven track record, Ms. Kulathunga has achieved many awards and accolades for herself and the divisions she has served throughout her career. As an auditor, she has been responsible for strengthening accountability and flagging corruption within the Kandy Municipal Council and the Central Province, at times at detriment to the advancement of her career. However, she remains steadfast in upholding her values.
Ms. De Silva is no stranger to the values of self-sacrifice, integrity, honesty and hard work. Over her many years of service, Ms. De Silva has distinguished herself with the highlight being the establishment of the Cancer “Suwa Sahana” fund for underprivileged patients. From thinking outside the box to ensure better levels of care for her patients to raising awareness among the public on the impact of cancer, Ms. De Silva is a role model for those in the health sector.
Committed to protecting the fauna of our country, Mr. Indrajith has achieved many accomplishments over his career. From establishing a wildlife office in Mirissa for the protection of marine mammals to standing against racketeering in the trading of elephants, Mr. Indrajith has proved himself a force for good within the department despite the pressures faced as a result of his integrity.