ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
The long-term objective of the Accountability International Leadership Award 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 through this award.
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 to the public for them to learn from and follow.
The award aims to recognise not only people and organisations who work on accountability, but who they themselves work in an accountable manner. We are looking for true accountability ambassadors who work on increasing accountability and who embody accountability themselves, in the way they work..
- 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 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, as well as the selection committee cannot nominate or be nominated for the Accountability International Leadership Award.
- Posthumous awards: Nominations of known deceased persons shall not receive consideration.
- Nominations will be accepted from September 1st-30th.
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 system. 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 a 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 committee then uses these gradings to develop a list of ten.
- This list of ten will be submitted to the public and an invitation will be made for the public to inform Accountability International if any of the candidates are unsuitable for reasons unbeknownst to us. This will be written and shared in a delicate and diplomatic way so that confidential information is not revealed publicly.
- Where a conflict of interest is obvious, 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.
- 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 will receive.