Women farmers in Tanzania

Transparency International (TI) is looking for young anti-corruption activists to bring fresh ideas to the problem of land corruption in Africa. The organisation believes that Africa’s youth have the potential to create new and exciting changes in their communities but are prevented from pursuing their dreams by corruption.

In response to this undesirable situation, TI has launched a competition to identify youth with an instinct for innovation and the drive to tackle corruption in the important land sector. Young visionaries – especially those already fighting corruption and those from other fields with an interest and ideas around anti-corruption – are invited to apply.

The deadline for applications is 31 October. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 November.

“We want to engage a new generation of changemakers – those with the ability to devise agile solutions to intractable problems together with an unwavering determination to do good in this world – to help us hold governments and powerful people to account,” TI notes.

“If you have a passion for innovation, the ability to devise new solutions to old problems, and a willingness to challenge the established orthodoxy, then we want to hear from you.”

Would-be participants must fill in an application form, in which they will share their ideas on the following questions:

  • Which aspect of land corruption do you intend to tackle?
  • What is your idea for addressing this issue?
  • What is new and innovative about your idea?
  • What is your experience of land corruption issues or anti-corruption actions more broadly?
  • Why do you care about land corruption and its effects on young people in Africa?

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Between 18–35 years of age;
  • Resident in sub-Saharan Africa.

That’s all! No experience is required, and all good ideas are welcomed.

Selecting the best

An international team of judges will evaluate applications, based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to identify real challenges faced by people related to land corruption and bring interesting ideas on what can be done about it;
  • Capacity for the creation of innovative ideas;
  • Ability to collaborate with others;
  • A real desire to engage community and a drive to make a change.

Those whose ideas are selected will:

  • participate in a workshop for three days during the first week of December, where they will learn from and network with international anti-corruption experts, land activists, youth engagement experts and like-minded peers. Travel, accommodation and meals expenses will be provided;
  • receive individualised support to perfect their ideas;
  • work with TI to improve and develop and their ideas into a SMART (Specific/Measurable/Achievable/Relevant/Time-bound) proposal;
  • gain exposure for their ideas through TI’s social media channels and blog platforms;
  • work with subject experts, peers and our national chapters to bring their ideas into action.

Please e-mail AfricaLandCorruption@transparency.org with any questions or concerns.