ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
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The Call for Nominations closes at midday (CAT) on 9th October 2021
The long-term objective of the Accountability International Leadership Award (AILA) is that of our organisation as whole: to contribute to a world where there is accountability for the lives, human rights and wellbeing of all persons, across all spheres of society.
As a watchdog ourselves, our mission is to amplify the diverse voices of marginalised communities, by ensuring that the voices of the community lead all our work, and as such we are interested in identifying and amplifying the voices and actions of those leaders who are accountable to the most marginalised.
We hope to contribute to the visibility of accountable leadership. We wish to showcase and demonstrate that accountable leadership is possible, and to provide examples for others to learn from and follow.
The award aims to recognise people and organisations who work on accountability, and who work in an accountable manner. We are looking for true accountability ambassadors who work on increasing accountability and who embody accountability themselves.
The AILA recognizes two categories:
1. General Leadership
This category of the award will be awarded to any individual or organisation that best fulfils the criteria set out in the award criteria.
2. Youth Leadership
Accountability International aims to popularise accountability amongst youth and mentor accountable leadership in young people, so, an additional youth category has been created. The Accountability Award is of an international nature, so we have used the UN definition of youth which is 15 to 24 Years (inclusive).
- Nominations will be reviewed for the quality and impact of the candidate's service contributions.
- Successful nominations will demonstrate a sustained and/or enduring contribution to accountability in the field of human rights and inclusive sustainable development.
- Nominations can focus on an important body of service contributions over a significant period of time or one particularly influential contribution.
- The award generally is given to an individual or organisation that has made an exceptional contribution in line with the Accountability Award objectives.
- No one person or organisation may win the award more than once.
- Self-nominations: The Accountability International Leadership Award is a peer-recognized award, and therefore, self-nomination is not permitted.
- Current members of the Accountability International (staff and board members), as well as the members of the Accountability Award selection committee cannot nominate nor be nominated for the Accountability Award.
- Posthumous awards: Nominations of known deceased persons shall not receive consideration.
Nominations will include comprehensive questions and a short scorecard. In the scorecard, candidates will be scored on the basis of a grading system, using Accountability International’s scorecard methodology. Each of the following criteria must be scored out of ten, creating a total score out of one hundred.
- Personal Integrity (Honesty, truthfulness).
- Ambassadorship for Accountability and the Accountability Movement.
- Commitment to most left behind/most marginalised people.
- Dedication to amplifying voices of others less privileged/advantaged.
- Commitment to collaboration.
- Reliability (always delivers on promises).
- Demonstrated commitment to human rights for all. Without exception.
- Ensures the complete, free and meaningful participation and the inclusion of a diverse group of people.
- Transparent about what they do, how they do it, and who they work and collaborate with.
- Demonstrates a wholeheartedly committed to advance equality and equity in what they do.
The Accountability International Board with the guidance of its secretariat has decided on the following methodology to determine the recipient/s of the Accountability International Leadership Award:
- The board has decided that the AILA Committee will make the final decision, which will mean the decision is spread across various people and organisations, reducing bias towards Accountability International partners.
- The board will scrutinise and if acceptable, will approve the committee’s submitted candidate. If the board rejects a first candidate, the committee will submit another candidate.
- If the shortlist is above 15 people, the total number of candidates gets divided amongst the committee members and they apply the Accountability International Scorecard grading to their allocation.
- The AILA Committee then uses these gradings to develop a list of ten.
- Where a conflict of interest occurs, the candidate must act to recuse themselves or Accountability International must remove the candidate from the list.
- The secretariat will do our own due diligence background checks on the shortlisted candidates, contacting peers, checking twitter feeds, and contacting nominators of each candidate to ensure as far as possible that the recipient is a suitable candidate.
- From the list of ten, a recipient is chosen for each award category (if applicable).
- The award will be made at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), every two years.
- There is no financial or other prizes that the awardee(s) will receive.
2019 AILA Winner
Profile Name: Dr Stella Bosire
Organisation: UHAI EASHRI
Bio: Dr Stellah Bosire is a health professional with extensive international and domestic experience with and foreign government agencies, private donors, and other organizations monitoring and appraising public health programs conducting epidemiological and operations research; measuring impact of novel techniques for disease prevention, treatment, and mitigation; and document program outputs, effectiveness, and strategic development. Stellah is passionate on delivering quality services from the perspective of Human rights, Law, and public health agenda. Her areas of Expertise and interest in the subject; has been involved in conducting policy briefs, documentaries, research, project review and evaluation studies and baseline surveys. Dr. Stellah is an Aspen 2018 fellow, Future Leaders Connect Fellow and was names in Top 40 Under 40, 2017 by Business Daily as one of the most influential women in Kenya. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Stellah Bosire Fund and Co-Executive Director of UHAI EASHRI. Served as the Vice Chairperson of the HIV/AIDS Tribunal of Kenya. In this capacity, she focused on advancing the human rights and access to justice for persons affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. Dr Bosire was named among the "Top 40 Women Under 40 in Kenya", by the Business Daily Africa. Dr Bosire has also written extensively and has been published by journals, newspapers and books. She turned down a Cabinet Secretary position due to what she termed was mismanagement and corruption at the appointing authority.
2019 AILA Shortlisted Nominees
A diverse and inspirational mix of 10 candidates from 5 African countries was selected for the 2019 Accountability International Leadership Award shortlist!
The 10 finalists were selected from over 36 nominations submitted by their peers, colleagues, and communities throughout the region.
- Stella Bosire - UHAI EASHRI - Kenya
- John Mathenge - Health Options for Young Men on HIV/AIDS and STIs - Kenya
- Nokubonga Yawa - Siyayinqoba - South Africa
- Lawrence Seretse - Botswana Gazette - Botswana
- Puleng Letsie - African Coalition for Menstrual Health & Concerned Basotho Women - Lesotho
- Enama Ossomba Jean Paul Bienvenu - Humanity First Cameroon - Cameroon
- Mona-Lisa Danieli Mungure - Molao Matters - Botswana
- Sello Mokhalipi - Positive Action Campaign - South Africa
- Sanja Bornman - Lawyers for Human Rights - South Africa
- Esther Adhiambo - Initiative for Equality and Non-Discrimination - Kenya
If you have any questions regarding the Accountability International Leadership Award, please feel to reach out at:
Alexandra Ciobica: alexandra[at]accountability.international