ICW receives international award

Yesterday it was reported that Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) received an award from the University of Pennsylvania for its good governance work.  Here’s Danang Widjoko as quoted in Suara Merdeka (here):

“This is an achievement of recognition from the international community, especially since the proposed method of assessment was based on experts in various fields,” said ICW Coordinator Danang Widojoko when contacted by Suara Merdeka on Tuesday (31/1).

But according to Danang, the objective of ICW has not been to achieve this award. Rather, ICW’s goal, continued Danang, is to empower communities to combat corruption. “And this goal is still far from achieved,” said Danang.

Danang acknowledged that the award helps to raise our spirits in our fight to eradicate corruption. “This award lessons our frustration which is a result of a battle to eradicate corruption corruption,” he said.

“Ini sebuah pencapaian yang diapresiasi oleh dunia internasional, terutama karena metode penilaiannya berdasarkan usulan para ahli di berbagai bidang,” kata Koordinator ICW Danang Widojoko saat dihubungi Suara Merdeka, Selasa (31/1).

Namun menurut Danang, penghargaan ini bukanlah tujuan ICW. Yang menjadi tujuan ICW, lanjut Danang, memberdayakan masyarakat untuk memberantas korupsi. Dan tujuan ini masih jauh dari tercapai. “Dan tujuan ini masih jauh dari tercapai,” kata Danang.

Danang mengakui, penghargaan ini menambah semangat untuk terus berantas korupsi. “Penghargaan ini paling tidak membuat kami tidak frustasi karena beratnya memberantas korupsi,” katanya.

Oddly, from a quick search I can’t seem to find any announcement or press release from the University of Pennsylvania.  Any UPenn staff or students out there who know about this?

h/t KP2KKN’s trusty new blog here.


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