Fredrik Galtung

Ashoka Fellow
United Kingdom,
Fellow Since 2015

Citation

This profile was prepared when Fredrik Galtung was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
Fredrik is introducing the concept of user-led and initiated feedback to public institutions and the development sector. By closing the loop between funders, service providers and beneficiaries, Fredrik is incentivizing transparency and cooperation. To prove his theory of change in practice, Fredrik has developed a methodology called Community Integrity Building (CIB), which empowers communities to build alliances of local stakeholders who work eye to eye to solve specific integrity challenges. IA works through local partner NGOs, who actively engage community members to find out what concerns people the most and where services can be improved. Community members are then trained as Community Integrity Monitors who gather evidence and form Joint Working Groups – teams composed of public sector authorities, contractors and citizens. These teams identify solutions to promote integrity in the management, allocation and delivery of public resources such as health, education, water, sanitation and social protection services. Without directly investing any money in bricks and mortar, Fredrik is helping communities to build schools, gain access to clean water and receive social care.

To date, IA has trained over 3,000 Community Integrity Monitors in 12 countries including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Côte d’Ivoire, Palestine, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In total, during one year, they worked with communities to monitor 159 projects worth over USD 147 million, benefitting more than 2.1 million people.

Fredrik has invented two practical tools to ensure that his methodology is feasible in practice, and measurable in its impact. First, an open online data platform called ‘DevelopmentCheck’, which allows local monitors to collect and share information and evidence (e.g. copies of contracts, on site photo documentation etc.). Second, an impact measurement tool called the ‘Fix-Rate’, which measures the incidence with which corruption issues are resolved to the satisfaction of all key stakeholders. Unlike traditional indexes, which put a spotlight on corruption, the Fix-Rate is a unit of measurement capturing positive transparency and accountability work. To seed a new mind-set of integrity, Fredrik has also established the world’s largest Integrity Education Network with over four hundred academic institutions, empowering faculties and staff to teach experiential integrity courses, and get future leaders to practice integrity from early on.

Fredrik’s ultimate aim is to transform the public and development sector and to introduce a culture of integrity. Fredrik’s strategy to reach this aim is threefold: First, empowering communities to deliver locally-driven responses to concrete challenges to prove that integrity can compete with corruption; Second, starting a global integrity education movement to train future generations of leaders to act with and demand integrity; Third, making user-led feedback best practice to fundamentally change the way aid is delivered and received.
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