Rwanda hosts anti-corruption awards summit

Rwanda is hosting the Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Awards. Courtesy

Rwanda will this Monday host the Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award thanks to President Paul Kagame’s anti-corruption credentials and the government’s institutionalisation of the fight against corruption. 

The award is given by the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Centre (ROLACC) — an international centre dedicated to the fight against corruption and the promotion of the rule of law, alongside the anti-corruption mandate of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODG).

ROLACC was created based on a proposal made by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the leader of Qatar, at the 3rd United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in Doha.

The annual award has four categories including the Anti-Corruption Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises noteworthy and outstanding contributions made to support the global fight against corruption.

It also includes the Anti-Corruption Academic Research Award, which looks at academic research in the area of anti-corruption, the Anti-Corruption Youth Creativity Award, which focuses on projects designed and led by young people, and the Anti-Corruption Innovation Award, which offers recognition and appreciation to innovative approaches and prominent contributions to the prevention of and fight against corruption.

The winners will be honoured by the Emir himself alongside President Kagame.

The Qatar government also sponsors a monument that represents the international community’s solidarity and commitment towards the fight against graft.

The awards come after Rwanda’s improvement by one point to score 56 out of 100, making it one of the five least corrupt countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the new Corruption Perception Index (CPI)- a global index that measures the level of corruption across the world by Transparency International.

Rwanda was ranked the fourth least corrupt country in Africa behind Seychelles which scored 66, Botswana, which scored 61, and Cabo Verde, which scored 57.

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