In 2015, four finalists for the Allard Prize for International Integrity were selected following a comprehensive review of over 140 nominations, received from 50 countries across 6 continents. Nominees included prominent world leaders, academics, grass roots activists, social movements and charitable groups dedicated to specific social issues. The Allard Prize Committee is pleased to recognize the work of three outstanding individuals and one organization - all of whom embody the qualities championed by the Allard Prize.
At a ceremony held on October 1, 2015, at the University of British Columbia, two of the anti-corruption movement’s most inspiring leaders, John Githongo and Rafael Marques de Morais, were announced as the joint recipients of the CAD $100,000 Allard Prize. The program included remarks from Mr. Peter A. Allard, Q.C., Founder of the Allard Prize for International Integrity (Mr. Allard's Speech); Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d); John Githongo (Mr. Githongo’s Speech) and Rafael Marques de Morais (Mr. Marques de Morais' Speech). Photographs from the event are available for viewing here (Ceremony, Reception).
The ceremony also honoured two other finalists, Indonesia Corruption Watch and the late Sergei Magnitsky, represented by his mother, wife and son. Indonesia Corruption Watch is Indonesia’s leading organization focused on fighting corruption. Mr. Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer, was responsible for uncovering a large-scale government tax fraud in Russia. Each of the honourable mentions were awarded CAD $10,000 for their efforts to fight corruption in their countries.
Speaking at the second Allard Prize ceremony, Mr. Allard stated: “There is an urgent, perilous, constant and growing threat. Each of us needs to stand up, speak up and take action, to effect positive change wherever we can, however we can, each and every day".
A video about John Githongo, Rafael Marques de Morais, Sergei Magnitsky and Indonesia Corruption Watch is available for viewing. Click here