1. Policy & Administrative Reforms Category
A strong and enduring institution is one that periodically reforms its legacy systems, financial management guidelines, strengthens its internal auditing and other processes that block leakages. Policy and Administrative reforms are vital steps towards the fight against corruption. The policy and administrative reform category is looking for an innovative reform agenda/policy/project initiated by public institutions as an anti-corruption measure.
These include implementing minimum standards and guidelines for ethical procurement, building strong procurement practices, continuous training of staff on guidelines, Investing in monitoring & research, adoption of integrity codes and many others.
2. Transparency & Social Accountability Category
A successful strategy for curbing corruption is instilling a culture of openness, transparency, and access to information in public institutions. Access to information increases the responsiveness of public institutions while simultaneously having a positive effect on the levels of public participation in a country. Also strengthening stakeholders/citizens' demand for anti-corruption and empowering them to hold government accountable is a sustainable approach that helps to build mutual trust between citizens and government.
The category honors public institutions that have adopted open contracting practices, proactively and timely making reports, financial information out for the public to access, demonstrated transparency in the procurement process, taken steps to implement the RTI law, and many other transparency methods. The category is looking for projects/actions/initiatives by public institutions that empowered their stakeholders/general public to demand accountability e.g. Publication of information about projects, participatory budgeting, demystifying budget, etc.
3. Efficient Public Service Delivery Category
The provision of public goods/services is one of the main touchpoints for corruption. Improving the processes of service delivery and customer service support in public institutions is a major tool for reducing cases of bribery and other corrupt acts. This category seeks to award Public Institutions that invest in sustainable improvement of how services are delivered to the general public and their stakeholders.
In this regard, the GI Awards seeks innovative projects that cut red tapes, complex bureaucracy, ensures timely delivery of the institution’s services, excellent customer service, deployed the best global practices, mainstream inclusiveness, etc.
4. Effective Internal Control Enforcement Category
Punishing corrupt acts/persons is an essential component of an effective anti-corruption effort. The pervasiveness of impunity, limited political/institutional will to hold accountable and punish those found guilty of corruption acts internally is a major reason why corruption festers. The enforcement category of the GIAwards is looking to honor initiatives/projects/campaigns by Public Institutions to end the culture of impunity in their institutions.
Though successful enforcement requires a combination of a strong legal framework, independent law enforcement branch and effective court system (which are external), we believe there is room for Public institutions to deploy effective internal enforcement strategies that can serve as deterrence against corruption in their institutions. GIAwards, for this category, is looking for a project or an initiative that effectively implemented audit recommendations or rulings of a court or internal procedures, etc.
5. Business Integrity Category
Upholding a high ethical standard of behavior towards customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees, and the community in which businesses operate is a prerequisite to business integrity. To be eligible, the private sector organisations, in addition to having a reputation for integrity, must have demonstrated and sustained a track record of actions and ideas relating to the promotion of code of ethics and conduct in business, the procedures for reporting irregularities at the workplace and those for solving conflicts of interests, mechanisms for protecting the integrity of whistleblowers, procedures for declaring and assessing gifts as well as internal control procedures of ethics and integrity.
GIAwards will require applications contain evidence of implementation of mechanisms for promoting integrity and anticorruption standards in business. Hence, companies will present their own Code of Ethics and Conduct in Business, the procedures for reporting irregularities at the workplace and those for solving conflicts of interests, the mechanisms for protecting integrity of whistleblowers, as well as internal control procedures.
6. Integrity Personality of the Year
The integrity personality of the year award category recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the courage and determination to fight against an act of corruption in Ghana in the calendar year under review. This award category is open to all the general public to nominate and vote for their anti-corruption hero of the year.