Robtel Neajai Pailey wins International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award

11 December, 2018

Congratulations to Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey, who has won an International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for her anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!.

Dr Pailey was joint winner in one of four categories, the Anti-Corruption Academic Research and Education category.

The awards are sponsored by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre in Doha, Qatar, and are in support of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and its anti-corruption mandates, specifically, the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

The awards were presented by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, and Qatar’s Attorney General, Ali Bin Fetais Al-Marri.

Gbagba was published by One Moore Book in 2013 and subsequently placed on the list of supplemental readers for 3rd to 5th graders in Liberia and for Primary 3 in Ghana. The book has also been converted into a song and video, entitled ‘Gbagba Is Corruption', a radio drama, which aired on 64 commercial and community radio stations across Liberia, and a stage play, which debuted with an all-child cast at Monrovia City Hall on 28 September 2017.

A sequel to the book, Jaadeh!, is forthcoming and has already been adapted into a song and music video entitled 'Jaadeh Is Integrity'.

The award ceremony took place on 7 December in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Find out more, including a full list of winners.

Watch a video from the award ceremony.


Ella Pailey