Anti-graft activist makes final shortlist of global sustainability award
Anti-corruption activist and founder of Follow The Money, Hamzat Lawal, has emerged a finalist in the Swedish WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award.
Also making the list are Icelandic whistleblower, Jóhannes Stefánsson, as well as Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), and Italy’s lead prosecutor, Nicola Gratteri.
The nominees were picked “after the jury carefully reviewed 64 nominations from 34 countries around the world, who actively oppose corruption and thus strengthen our opportunities for a sustainable future,” the chairperson, Emma Dalvag, disclosed.
Some $4 billion is lost yearly to graft, far ahead of the $2.9 billion financial gaps threatening the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
“Fighting corruption often involves risks and requires courage. We are very proud to present a wide range of finalists who, in different ways and in different parts of the world, fight for a fairer and more sustainable world, Dalvag stated.”
Relishing the honour, Lawal submitted: “The work of Follow The Money is tackling corruption in government’s funding and ensuring that everyone, even in the remote areas, has equal access to basic needs.”