Art for Fighting Corruption: Drawings for Development


Date: 8 December 2013
Location: Sudan

Every year, the people of the world mark 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, which serves as a global call for action against corruption. The theme for the 2013 International Anti-Corruption Day campaign is ‘Zero Corruption, 100% Development’. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sudan Country Office has been selected among 44 countries out of 60 to celebrate the Anti-Corruption Day. Accordingly, the Governance & Rule of Law Unit supported by the Communication Unit, OSD, UN Information Center (UNIC) actively engaged in convening the a week long Anti-Corruption Campaign through organization of various advocacy and outreach activities.

Our Partnership with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Art
UNDP in partnership with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Art, University of Sudan organized drawings contest for the faculty’s students as part of UNDP 2013 Anti-Corruption Campaign. The contest was launched on 8th December for three day started with an orientation workshop on the concepts and practices of anti-corruption and what the United Nations is doing to fight corruption which was presented by UNDP Governance & Rule of Law team. Lecturers of the faculty have also explained the importance of visualization and messaging and the role of the arts in advocating for good values and supporting development.

Dr. Omer Mohammed EL-Hassan Duma, Dean, College of Fine and Applied Art said “Corruption is an issue of concern to all segments of society at the local, regional and global levels. Based on this generality, it is inevitable to bring the visual language into play. We consider our partnership with UNDP a great initiative that we hope all institutions, being private or public will follow to communicate their messages, visions and goals.” Abu baker Elhadi Ahmed, lecturer at Graphic Design Department, College of Fine and Applied Arts:
UNDP has sponsored the entire event including provision of drawings materials, promotional items (T-shirts, caps, mugs) to the students with anti-corruption campaign’s logo and messages.

Jury and Winning Drawings
27 students of the fourth grade were selected to participate in the contest. Students were guided in their practice by three lecturers with continual oversight of the Dean of the Faculty. Through practice and the development of research and studio skills, students develop a studio practice where the making of drawings is deeply embedded and informed by the ideas behind them.

Accordingly, the students started the contest with different drawings which ended yesterday materializing 40 excellent masterpiece drawings. A jury consists of UNDP staff from the Governance and Rule of Law Unit, Communications Unit, UNIC and four faculty members ended the contest with an award ceremony for celebrating the selection of three masterpiece drawings out of 40. The best drawings were selected based on clarity of message, aesthetic, and technical competencies.

Our Mobile Gallery

To fully serve the campaign’s purposes and widely spread the anti-corruption messages, it is planned to develop a mobile gallery of the 40 drawings and in various venues that include but not limited to universities, public places (Ozone Park), UNDP compound, among others.
Further, we shall design and produce a photo book/post cards of all the drawings for wider distribution.

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