London (UK), 03 June 2013 – Integrity Action was selected to receive a £500,000 Global Impact Award from Google’s Global Impact Challenge, as decided by a panel of judges that included Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Richard Branson. Integrity Action will also receive support from Google volunteers to help make this project a reality.
The announcement was unveiled on 3rd June at Google’s UK offices. Shortly after learning that Integrity Action had won the award Fredrik Galtung, CEO of Integrity Action said: “The Google Impact Award is a tremendously important milestone for us. The public vote and support showed that thousands of people right across the world could relate to what we do. The decision by the jury is a incredible endorsement by Google of the power technology to empower even the poorest and most disenfranchised so that their voices will be listened to”.
With the Global Impact Award, Integrity Action plans to develop an online data collection and reporting platform that enables citizens to hold government and development agencies accountable. Over the next 18 months, Integrity Action will train over 2,000 community monitors in seven war-torn countries and help citizens fix 50% of problems in public services and infrastructure projects. This will ultimately lead to better quality of life for over 500,000 poor people.