The winners of the fourth edition of "Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award" appreciated the attendance of His Highness (H.H.) the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for the award ceremony in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, and His Highness' keenness to attend this celebration and hand over the award, which confirms Qatar's keenness on combating corruption and spreading a global culture that encourages and stimulates all efforts to combat this phenomenon.
The winners told Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the "Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award" enjoys wide international attention due to its role in creating a research, literary and scientific environment in the fields of anti-corruption and the rule of law, as the award is the culmination of international, regional and even individual efforts in this field, thus it is important to celebrate all those who work to combat corruption in their societies and countries .
Dr Alban Koki from Albania, who won in the scientific research category, said that he is a professor at the University of Tirana and is responsible for anti-corruption programs at the university and high schools. He added that his award was the result of designing research programs in cooperation with the University of Washington in the United States and the Ministry of Justice in Albania, as these programs included mock experiences and educational programs focused on fighting corruption by working with young people.
He stressed that the award represents a high value for its international standing, extending thanks to H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Anora Alkanova of Kyrgyzstan, winner of innovation category of the award, said that she works as an independent investigative reporter on corruption detection, where she has made a number of investigative reports in Kyrgyzstan and has been helping to train young investigative journalists at the American University of Central Asia where she works as an assistant professor.
She indicated that her award was the result of her efforts in the Sima organisation, where the organisation collected citizens' voices to improve public services, and this fueled its role as a government partner in establishing effective accountability institutions at all levels, and the Kyrgyzstan freedom of expression committee called her stories the achievement of the year.
Anora Alkanova considered that this award contributes to international youth efforts in combating corruption, and showed the impact of the State of Qatar in promoting freedom of expression and caring for young people through its various institutions.
Cover image credit: Amiri Diwan
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