Integrity Idol; a tv show not looking for the glitter and glamour in dance passes but for the value of honesty and integrity. The project, run by Accountability Lab, which develops ideas for accountability and transparency around the world, aims to inspire a new generation of public servants in countries that struggle with high levels of corruption.
“A man of integrity is someone that people can rely on, who they can trust,”
The TV show that started 2 years ago in Nepal has already expanded far beyond that with shows now in Liberia, Mali, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia.
Selecting candidates for Integrity Idol involves local teams of volunteers gathering nominations from citizens, and the hosting of discussions about the need for public officials with integrity. Nominees are narrowed down to a final five in each country after scrutiny by an independent panel of experts.
Typical finalists include people like Patrick Goffah, a janitor at Liberia’s education ministry, who was nominated for his work ethic and popularity among colleagues.
“A man of integrity is someone that people can rely on, who they can trust,” says Goffah, who is up against four other finalists.