Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) observed this year’s International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) with particular focus on capacity building for youths who can utilise the power of technology and e-governance based information gathering to curb corruption, protect fundamental rights, and promote good governance at institutions. TIB took month-long initiatives to train youths and government officials on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was implemented back in 2009 with the help of TIB in order to empower people and give them a fair chance in the difficult fight against corruption and government secrecy.
With corruption institutionalized in public offices, and the government gripping onto the colonial legacy of secrecy and suppression, people in Bangladesh find it immensely difficult to report, challenge, or question any forms of corruption and injustice. Restriction of information is also the...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) released the flagship study ‘Corruption in Service Sectors: National Household Survey 2021’ on 31 August 2022. As per survey results, though corruption has decreased in education, agriculture, and power services, law enforcement agencies tasked with controlling corruption have topped the charts with the highest level of corruption among the 17 surveyed service sectors.
Passport services, road transport, judicial services, and the health sector are among the top corrupt institutions, as corruption has risen significantly compared to the last survey, which was carried out in 2017.
More than 72 percent of households said they are forced to pay bribes as it is impossible to get public services without paying them. According to the survey, the estimated amount of bribes transacted in 2021 is almost BDT 10,830 crore (1.14 Billion USD). Each household paid an astounding BDT 6,640 as bribes to get...Read More
Students visit the anti-corruption cartoons exhibition organised by Transparency International Bangladesh.
Youth Engagement and Support (YES) is a youth group in Bangladesh that is making countless concrete differences in the community. With 4,000 youth volunteers and 61 groups across the country, YES – which is mentored by Transparency International’s chapter in Bangladesh – is the biggest anti-corruption social movement in Bangladesh.
Last year, 45 YES groups joined forces to monitor Vulnerable Group Development, which is a social safety programme driven by the government in Bangladesh. The groups were checking the eligibility of the nearly 95,000 listed beneficiaries of the programme. They found more than 2,800 ineligible cases and worked to ensure that local authorities corrected the irregularities. Their investigative venture prevented the misuse of more than US$400,000 (equivalent to 40 million Bangladeshi Taka).
Nazmus Sakib Bin...Read More
Dhaka, 11 May 2022: Bangladesh's electricity production capacity and energy regulation have seen unprecedented progress in the last decade, but governance challenges in the sector are still persistent. Notably, the energy policy is essentially 'captured’ by foreign donors, investors, and companies as the country is highly dependent on foreign planning and project expertise, said Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) in a virtual release of the research report titled 'Coal and LNG-based Power Projects in Bangladesh: Governance Challenges and Way Out'. TIB's research has also stated that there has not been much progress in renewable energy sources despite national and international commitments.
TIB conducted qualitative research by analysing three power plants: the Barisal coal power plant, Banshkhali SS power plant, and Matarbari LNG power plant. The focus of the study was to analyse policy mechanisms and governance challenges...Read More
Dhaka, 9 May 2022: Due to the ambiguity of the provisions, the lack of proper definitions of the terms along with the absolute power of the 'Digital Security Agency', the Data Protection Act, 2022 (draft) can be as repressive as The Digital Security Act, 2018, said TIB.
In the name of personal data protection, it will hamper the freedom of expression and establish bureaucratic and governmental control over personal information, which will breach people’s privacy. TIB calls such breaches anti-democratic and anti-constitutional.
TIB made the remarks today during a virtual press conference titled ‘The Data Protection Act, 2022 (Draft): Review and Recommendations’.
While evaluating the law, TIB said the law establishes a 'data protection office' and gives unlimited and unfettered powers to the Director General (DG) of the Digital Security Agency as the regulator of personal information security. DG’s endless power conflicts with the...Read More
Dhaka, 12 April 2022: While receiving treatment at government and private hospitals during the COVID 19 pandemic, 22.2 percent of service recipients were the victims of different irregularities and corruption, including the payment of additional charges, negligence from medical personnel, service delay, and non-cooperation.
In a study titled ‘Governance Challenges in Tackling COVID-19 Crisis: Inclusion and Transparency’, TIB revealed the findings on Tuesday at a virtual press conference. This is the fourth consecutive research report on the governance and challenges during the pandemic by TIB.
Highlighting the irregularities in receiving hospital services, the study said that 12.2 percent of service recipients paid additional charges ranging from BDT 400 to 10,000 at government hospitals. Besides, 61 percent of service recipients received delayed treatment, while 34 percent faced misbehaviour or non-cooperation from the hospital...Read More
‘Regulation of Digital Platforms’ Policy (draft) Can Potentially Make Bangladesh a Surveillance State and Restrain Freedom of Speech: TIB
Dhaka, 3 April 2022: There are scopes for the misuse and misinterpretation of some sections in the draft policy on the Regulation of Digital, Social Media, and OTT platforms drafted by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Some sections in the policy can be used to gag the freedom of expression and make Bangladesh a surveillance state. This will also put journalists, dissidents, and rights activists at risk and compel the service providers or intermediaries to practice self-censorship.
Terming the draft policy of BTRC as unconstitutional and a threat to privacy, TIB expressed its stance on Sunday at a virtual press conference.
At the press conference, TIB raised its recommendations and concerns regarding 12 sections of the policy (Section-1, 3, 4, 5, 6.02, 7.02, 6.01 (d),...Read More
Dhaka, 16 March 2022: Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has organised a three-day long training workshop for journalists who work in reporting on climate change, disaster management, climate financing, and mitigation projects. The workshop, focusing on project monitoring and investigative journalism, was held at BCDM, Savar, from 13-15 March 2022 with 29 journalists from TV, newspapers, and online news portals.
On the first day of the workshop, Md. Mahfuzul Haque, TIB Programme Manager for Climate Finance Policy Integrity (CFPI), introduced the participants. In his session, he emphasised on the use of specialised language needed to report on the environment, climate change, climate financing, and disaster management. He also briefed journalists on TIB’s initiatives on establishing good governance in climate financing. In the second session, Deputy Managing Director of PKSF, Dr. Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed, explained adaptation,...Read More
Dhaka, 5 March 2022: Marking the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022, TIB, in association with Cabinet Division, Bangladesh, organised a workshop for the country’s women Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNO) on gender equality in ensuring SDGs and good governance. The UN declared theme of IWD, “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”, was the basis of TIB’s activities this year.
Twenty-three women UNOs from eight divisions participated in the “Sustainable Development Goals, Good Governance and Women” workshop. This is the 6th edition of the workshop started in 2017, focusing on SDG 5 and 16 that deal with gender equality and good governance, respectively.
In the introductory speech, TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman shed light on the synergies between good governance and corruption while highlighting the negative impacts of corruption on the country’s overall growth.
He said, “Corruption hampers good governance and...Read More
Dhaka, 25 January 2022: The score of Bangladesh is stagnant for the fourth time at a stretch since 2018 in curbing corruption, according to Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021.
Bangladesh scored 26 out of 100 in the Index, significantly lower than the global average score of 43. The stagnancy of score and position proves that Bangladesh hasn’t fared better in curbing corruption in the country, said TIB.
While launching the Berlin-based anti-corruption organisation’s Index of 180 countries, TIB made the remarks, stressing the need for political integrity, greater accountability, and civil rights and liberties protection.
The report shows that Bangladesh ranked at the 13th position from the bottom but retained the same score. It was 12th the previous year with the same score.
The report also shows that like the last year, Bangladesh is again the second-worst performer in curbing corruption...Read More
Dhaka, 5 January 2022: The shortcomings of the existing environmental laws and their lacklustre enforcement, irregularities and corruption from a section of the workforce, and overall low scores in all governance indexes point out that corruption has been institutionalised at the government's Department of Environment (DoE). As a result, the department has turned out to be a weak, corrupted and incapable public office, said Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) at a virtual press briefing on the research release titled 'Governance Challenges at the Department of Environment and Way Forward’.
The research, which collected data from April 2019 to December 2021, has unearthed that the department has been impacted by bureaucratic dependency, lack of modern surveying systems, and inadequate professional skills. A section of the department's workforce is involved in illegal transactions with corrupt parties and polluters, making...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has commemorated the International Anti-Corruption Day 2021 with various events at national and local levels on 9 December 2021. The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Your Right, Your Role – Say No to Corruption. TIB celebrated the day by declaring the winners of two of its flagship programmes, i.e., the Investigative Journalism Awards and Anti-Corruption Cartoon Competitions, and inauguration of the week-long exhibition of curated cartoons. Along with these national events, members of TIB inspired Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCC), Citizens for Transparency (Shojon), Youth Engagement and Support (YES) groups, and YES Friends Groups participated in human chain programmes organised in association with the Anti-Corruption Commission in 45 areas including Dhaka. TIB’s volunteer groups carried out rallies, seminars, cultural programmes, orientations, and quiz competitions...Read More
Dhaka, 4 November 2021: While discharging their duties, female UNOs of Bangladesh endure political pressure and non-cooperation from different officials, including the law enforcers, reported a TIB study released on November 4, 2021, through a virtual press conference.
The research titled ‘Role of Women Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) in Establishing Good Governance at the Local Level: Challenges and Way Forward’ revealed that female UNOs also faced sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
Over an incident of physical harassment, a female UNO said, "I was deliberately pushed from the back when I inspected a development work with a chairman and a minister. I complained in this regard and asked to provide security in future."
More than 78 percent of female UNOs participating in the study said they faced challenges while discharging their official duties.
Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used for the research. An...Read More
Dhaka, 21 October 2021: Accessing public services is still a far cry for the marginalised in the country as they often face discriminatory attitudes while seeking government services, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study unveils today.
Besides, filing complaints doesn’t help much as they fall victim to harassment and threat instigated by local public representatives and a section of government officials, finds the study.
The research also portrays accountability mechanisms (hotline number, filing official complaints, meetings, public hearings, laws and policies, etc.) designed by the government are not inclusive of the marginalised as their language proficiency, financial ability and technological literacy was not taken into account while putting the systems in place.
Qualitative in nature, the study titled ‘Access of Marginalised Communities to Public Services: An Assessment of Accountability Mechanisms’ was conducted...Read More
Dhaka, 29 September 2021: Despite commendable government initiatives for education, the persisting problems, irregularities and corruption in the sector are demonstrated in a wide range of research data, expert observations and news reports. As educational institutions reopened after a 543-day hiatus, one of the most prolonged COVID 19-induced school closures globally, Bangladesh is witnessing first-hand what the lack of technically qualified workforce, financial misappropriation and lack of accountability can do to a country’s literacy infrastructure.
The troubling picture becomes more apparent in TIB’s research report titled ‘Secondary Education Programme: Governance Challenges and Way Out’, released on 29 September 2021 through a webinar. The research focused on transparency, accountability, irregularities, corruption and other challenges that impact the education sector. It shows how certain shortcomings in the system have a ripple...Read More
The practice of proactive information disclosure on the websites of the country’s 54 per cent government institutions is “inadequate”, and 94.9 per cent of the NGO’s is “alarming” Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study revealed.
The study found that the progress regarding proactive information disclosure on websites is not satisfactory enough. Govt. agencies’ websites have plenty of information as per the information disclosure and dissemination rules. However, there’s still a shortage of updating info, and a lack of formatting, expanding and accessing information according to its types.
Besides, the websites are not disabled-friendly as they are not equipped with a voice activation system. On the other hand, the websites of NGOs lack the necessary information as per the rules. In addition, the private sectors lack proper awareness regarding the information disclosure on websites, the study said.
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The magnitude of internal and external pressure in investigative journalism has increased due to expanded absolute political influence, said speakers at a virtual discussion today.
Therefore, maintaining journalistic ethics and showing courage is more relevant than ever before in investigative journalism's trying times to deal with the pressure, they opined.
They also talked about the roles of journalists and media organisations in ensuring the professional safety of the journalists by maintaining the integrity and practising ethics.
On June 22, 2021, TIB organised the virtual discussion titled Challenges of Investigative Journalism during Covid-19 and the way forward, followed by an award ceremony titled Investigative Journalism Award 2020: Covid- 19 Response ’. TIB Outreach and Communication (O&C) Director Sheikh Manjur-E-Alam moderated the session.
Earlier of the ceremony, TIB O&C Assistant...Read More
Analysing the mismanagement in the COVID-19 vaccination programme nationwide, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has recommended that the government prepare a definite action plan that can ensure vaccination of at least 80 per cent of the population within an actual timeframe.
In a virtual press briefing on June 8, 2021, TIB has recommended the above along with other 19 recommendations after releasing the research report titled ‘Tackling Corona Virus Pandemic: Governance Challenges in COVID-19 Vaccine Management’, where researchers looked into the factors involving the rule of law, response, efficiency and effectiveness, participation and coordination, transparency and accountability.
The third phase of the research on the COVID-19 pandemic analysed the progress, impact and challenges faced in the vaccination programme, started nationwide from February 7, 2021.
The report has pointed out that the involvement...Read More
Without the active participation of women in leadership, it is impossible to achieve sustainable development and good governance, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said in a statement marking International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021.
Similarly, ensuring gender equality is unachievable if women, who represent half the population of Bangladesh, are left behind, the statement said. Referring to recent surveys, TIB also stated that just as women are victims of corruption, women are also being used as a medium and facilitator of corruption.
Therefore, TIB believes that women's empowerment and good governance must be ensured to effectively prevent corruption, thus accomplishing sustainable development. Placing an eight-point demand in the statement, TIB called for ensuring a conducive environment for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and leadership in all areas.
Referring to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the...Read More
Persons with disabilities (PWDs) pay between an additional Tk 1,000 and Tk 3,000 to be enlisted in the government's disability allowance scheme, said a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) report.
The report said that they also need to pay between Tk 1,000 and Tk 3,000 extra to receive the government's "Suborno card" designated for them.
It added that Tk 1,000 to Tk 1,500 is illegally charged at government hospitals to identify PWDs, and a further Tk 100 to Tk 200 is required for inclusion in the database.
The study also found that the existing action plans for the welfare of PWDs were not inclusive, primarily due to incapacity in the implementation level.
TIB disclosed the report titled "Inclusiveness in Development and Disability: Governance Challenges and Way Forward" during a virtual press conference on 11 February 2021.Conducted between December 2019 and November 2020, the qualitative study aimed to identify the governance...Read More
Bangladesh scored 26 on a scale of 100 among 180 countries in the Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020, while the global average score is 43.
Bangladesh is ranked 12th from the bottom; it was 14th from the bottom last year and 146th from the top among 180 countries in the 2020 index that has ranked the countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption.
Among the eight South Asian countries, Bangladesh remains 2nd lowest in score and rank – better than only Afghanistan, which has scored 19 and ranked 165th from the top. Bangladesh’s ranking is the 4th lowest among 31 Asia-Pacific countries included in the index, better than Cambodia, Afghanistan and North Korea.
TI Bangladesh has termed the performance as disappointing and has pointed out that it depicts the prevalence of worrying levels of corruption.
“Bangladesh's score has remained unchanged for the third time...Read More
Dhaka, 13 January 2021: The Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) actively participated in humanitarian responses amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country while dealing with funding crisis issues and political interference and other challenges, a recent study by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) finds.
To resolve the funding problem in an emergency like the pandemic, the TIB study suggested a 10-point recommendation stressing the government and donor agencies' forming of two separate funds.
The study titled “The Role of Non-government Organisations in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Way Forward" was launched on January 13, 2021, through a virtual press conference.
The study was conducted on 74 NGOs (09 international, 23 national, and 42 local) operating across the country between July 2020 and December 2021.
About 66.2 percent of the organisations participating in the study faced obstacles or challenges...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)’s recent study finds that lack of “effective” oversight and monitoring of activities at all levels and lack of accountability contributes to the institutionalisation of forest sector-centric corruption.
The study also identifies a lack of effective measures in preventing forest damage through inconsistent deforestation by ‘aggressive’ tactics, including expansion of forest-based revenue and income-generating activities, giving less priority to forest conservation activities and traditional forest management.
In addition, the study also finds a lack of priority allocation, infrastructure and logistics in the implementation of the activities of the Forest Department with an apparent lack of appropriate and effective relevant initiatives.
The study titled "Forest Department: Governance Challenges and Way Forward", a follow-up of a previously conducted TIB study in 2008, was conducted between...Read More
Despite Bangladesh’s good reputation in dealing with natural disasters, a TIB study found a significant lack of transparency and accountability on the part of the government in dealing with recent natural disasters, including Cyclone Amphan.
The study has also identified between 14.36% and 76.92% corruption in four climate change projects, including coastal infrastructure development, renovation, and repair.
In addition, the projects were also found to be plagued by lack of skill, management, absence of coordination with weather forecasters, the ineffectiveness of union-level disaster management committees, and lack of coordination between government and private stakeholders.
TIB unveiled the study titled “Governance Challenges in Disaster Response and Way Forward: Cyclone Amphan and other Recent Experiences” on 24 December 2020 through an online press conference. The study aimed to review the improvement and challenges of...Read More
According to a study conducted by TIB, around 42 per cent (about 14 lakh) of the total workers employed in the RMG sector did not receive or were deprived of government incentives.
Due to a lack of interest and negligence of the government and the employers' organisations in compiling the list of pandemic-affected workers, about one million potential beneficiaries were deprived of social security assistance.
Organising a virtual press conference on 17 December 2020, TIB revealed the research study titled “RMG Sector in COVID-19 Crisis: Governance Challenges & Way Forward” to identify the governance challenges and limitations in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Conducted between March and November 2020, the study followed the qualitative research method.
The research data were analysed based on six indicators of good governance and relevant sub-indicators, including legal limitations and enforcement challenges, response,...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) calls for effective implementation of the political pledge of 'Zero Tolerance' policy against irregularities and corruption in all sectors, including the health sector during the Corona Virus-led pandemic. To offset the socio-economic damage caused by the crisis, the anti-graft watchdog has urged all the relevant organizations including the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to come out of the culture of chasing for `small fishes’ while the big fishes remain scot-free and take effective institutional and administrative initiatives.
Marking the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) 2020 on 9 December, TIB has made the calls in a media statement issued on the eve of IACD, reminding that the establishment of rule of law and accountability are critical to building a democratic country. “Therefore, all democratic institutions, especially law enforcement agencies, the administration, the judiciary,...Read More
Widespread irregularities and corruption in the government adopted initiatives in tackling COVID19-led challenges have deeply affected the healthcare system of Bangladesh, thus contributing to a growing crisis of public confidence in the wake of likely 2nd wave of spread, a recent study by Transparency International Bangladesh has found.
According to the study titled Governance Challenges in Tackling Corona Virus (Part II), follow-up research of a study previously released, the crisis has not only exposed the deep-rooted corruption in the health sector but also new scopes for corruption have been created circling the crisis at the same time. Besides, the study observed that low virus detection through controlling policy and mechanisms is being touted as a political achievement – portraying it as "pandemic control." Although Corona Virus transmission has recently been decreasing to some extent in Bangladesh, it continues to be a big...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed grave concern that Bangladesh’s leading foreign trade partners have been shockingly failing to enforce action against foreign bribery. Referring to a TI report titled “Exporting Corruption” launched globally today, TIB has alerted the Government about risks of huge losses of various types, especially increased money laundering. TIB has also called upon foreign trade partner countries to strengthen laws and enforcement systems.
In a statement issued to the media on 13 October, 2020, Executive Director of TI Bangladesh, Dr. Iftekharuzzaman said, “it is shocking that the biggest global exporters are showing the worst track records of compliance of their own pledges against foreign bribery. Poorest performers include China, Japan, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, many of whom are Bangladesh’s largest trade and investment partners. We are...Read More
The 11th Jatiyo Sangshad (National Assembly) has failed to function as expected in terms of legislation, representation of the people, and ensuring government accountability, said the flagship TIB study Parliament Watch (PW). The study was presented to the media through a virtual press conference on September 30, 2020.
The latest Parliament Watch (PW), first of its kind on the 11th national assembly and the 16th of the Parliament Watch (PW) series since 2001 by TIB, also identified some challenges, including gaps in the parliamentary openness, deficits in playing a vital role by the opposition party and the Speaker, and inadequate information disclosure.
The expected role of the 11thparliament, which formally commenced in early 2019 after a questionable national election, was extensively constrained by many shortfalls, mainly due to the increased exercise of monopoly power in parliamentary activities by the ruling party. Also, the...Read More
TI Bangladesh celebrated the international Right to Know Day with great enthusiasm. As the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the significance of access to information more than ever, this year, TI Bangladesh’s observance specially focused on to the right to information in times of crisis.
Marking the Right to know day on 28 September, which has also been observed globally as International Day for Universal Access to Information, TI Bangladesh called upon the government to formulate and implement effective policy strategies to ensure effective and reliable flow of information in times of crisis; thus allowing greater access to government-held information.
With the theme তথ্যের অধিকার, সুশাসনের হাতিয়ার; তথ্যই শক্তি, দুর্নীতি থেকে মুক্তি (Right to information is a tool of good governance; Information is power to get rid of corruption), TI Bangladesh chalked out week-long events to observe the day both at national and local level. Besides...Read More
Bangladesh Bank (BB) failed miserably in containing defaulted loans due to the pressure from political forces, illegal interference of business syndicates and weak leadership, finds Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study.
According to the study, the vested interest groups have influenced the recent amendment to the Banking Companies Act 1991 and other policies, including bank inspections and the appointment of deputy governors of the central bank.
Such malfunctions at the central bank that enjoys autonomy in supervision and regulation of banking activities merely on paper contributed to a 417 per cent increase of defaulted loans against a 312 per cent increase in the amount of credit between 2009 and 2019 said the study.
The entire banking sector is now at the edge of a cliff. The authorities concerned should take immediate measures to avert a probable collapse in the days ahead, it noted.
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Political influence, collusion between influential people, and syndication still play a crucial role in getting public procurement contracts from four government institutions despite introducing a simplified procurement process named e-Government Procurement (e-GP), reveals a report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
The four institutions are the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Division (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), and Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB).
The TIB report has unearthed that the introduction of electronic government procurement (e-GP) system since 2011 helped shift the public procurement system from manual to digital, and incidents like tender box snatching, preventing tender submission, and blocking office premises also stopped, but corruption organisations persist in other ways.
The observations came up in a TIB study titled ‘Good...Read More
With the backing of a section of political leaders and corrupt officials from different law enforcement agencies, old Dhaka’s chemical business is still running, exposing its dwellers to deadly fire incidents like the last year's Churihatta blaze in Chawkbazar, finds TIB study.
The study identifies that after the Churihatta fire incident in 2019, renewing licenses of chemical business continues in old Dhaka by unfair means under political influence.
The report says some political leaders obtain licenses under their names without even owning the business they have permits for. Later, in exchange of money, they let business persons use the licenses.
The study also shows that the risky chemical warehouses in old Dhaka couldn’t be relocated due to corruption and lack of coordination among concerned government offices and political clout.
TIB unveiled the research study titled “Nimtoli, Churihatta and Afterwards: Governance Challenges...Read More
Lack of adequate supervision and monitoring, absence of a specific legal framework and conflict of interest of the lawmakers in implementing rural infrastructure development projects under the parliamentary seat-based allocated block fund encourage institutionalization of corruption and irregularities, thus causing waste of public funds.
A segment of lawmakers also exploits these projects as a means to exercise political power, ensure support in the election, and gain financial advantages.
These findings came up in a recent TIB research study titled ‘Governance Challenges in the Implementation of the Infrastructure Development Project under Constituency-Based Block Allocation’, released during a virtual press conference on 12 August 2020.
Following qualitative and quantitative research methods, the study reviewed the governance challenges in planning, implementation, and monitoring schemes under the Important Rural Infrastructure...Read More
Political will, effective enforcement of law and transnational collaboration are imperative to fight organised crimes like human trafficking, money laundering, and corruption, said speakers at a webinar.
They also said civil society could play a critical role in these areas by ensuring necessary legal reforms and increased public awareness.
Kuwait Transparency Society (KTS) and Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) jointly organised the webinar titled “The Role of Civil Society Organisation in Combating Transnational Organised Crime” on 12 July 2020 with the focus on human trafficking, money laundering and corruption.
In her introductory speech, TI Chair Delia Ferreira Rubio highlighted the link between corruption and money laundering crimes and the initiatives taken by TI in combating those.
“Laws, policies and enforcement are important to combat corruption. Transnational crime could be curbed through collective and...Read More
Lack of planning, coordination, and mismanagement in identifying and controlling the COVID 19 pandemic along with the country’s weak healthcare system due to widespread corruption and long-term neglect towards fundamental human needs put Bangladesh in a catastrophic situation. In tackling the Corona Virus led crisis, also, lack of transparency and chronic governance deficiencies in government adopted initiatives worsen the situation.
The observations came up in a TIB study titled `Governance Challenges in Tackling Corona Virus’ launched through a virtual press conference on 15 June 2020.
Analysing government adopted initiatives throughout the crisis; the study finds deficiencies in every indicator of good governance in dealing with the epidemic. The report also finds a wide prevalence of alleged corruption in procurement and distribution as well as relief operations for the poor and needy.
Using mixed methodological (qualitative and...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has demanded deterrent punishment to those involved in irregularities in preparation of the list for delivery of the Government’s cash support programme for 5 million (50 lakh) ultra-poor in the context of the Coronavirus led national crisis. At the same time TIB has expressed deep disappointment that the investigation report on the N-95 Mask scandal has not yet be disclosed, nor any action taken.
Expressing deep concern that a section of the wealthy people and public representatives and their well-off relatives have been included in the list of beneficiaries of the Government’s cash support programme for the ultra-poor, TIB has also called for uploading the full list on the website as a means of ensuring transparency and proper delivery to the genuine target beneficiaries of the initiative.
Credible media reports show examples of irregularities like names of 200 people against one number...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has called upon the Government to ensure conducive environment for free and unrestricted discharge of professional functions of media as indispensable precondition for constitutional rights of citizens and democratic accountability of the Government. In the context of Covid-19 crisis, TIB has demanded that in the interest of people’s access to information and public awareness, the Government and other stakeholders must protect professional freedom and health safety of media workers parallel with ensuring that media institutions remain functional.
In a statement issued on May 2, 2020 to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2020 observed on May 3, TIB has condemned and expressed deep disappointment that media workers reporting on corruption, theft, extortion and swindling of relief goods by a section of public representatives and other politically linked influencials, often in collusion or...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) calls upon Bangladesh’s Development Partners (DPs) to ensure greater than ever support to the country in its efforts to the Covid-19 crisis and recovery, and at the same time to ensure the highest standards of anti-corruption, transparency and accountability at all levels.
Need for more robust support than ever
In a statement issued on 26 April to the media, TIB says, no country of the world was fully prepared nor had the perfect capacity to cope with the Covid-19 global pandemic. Bangladesh could not be any exception. Inspite of commendable economic performance in GDP growth and many other socio-economic indicators as well as globally acknowledged disaster management experience, the crisis has exposed Bangladesh to worst ever challenges of sustaining the progresses achieved in the health sector and beyond.
Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB said, “while full consequences of the...Read More
Reacting cautiously to the formation of ward level local committees of the ruling party in the context of relief operation during the Corona-Covid-19 crisis, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) demanded that their role should be limited only to assist the local administration. In a statement issued on 17 April 2020 to the media, the TIB says that it is not unusual to raise doubt about the extent to which such committees will deliver any positive result in a context where a section of local level political leaders and activists are being reportedly found to be involved in widespread corruption of various types including embezzlement, hoarding and misappropriation of relief goods.
Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of TIB said, “the country and the people are confronting a mega crisis due to the epidemic. The ultra-poor are facing the worst risks. They have been joined by many others rendered unemployed by the lockdown. Relief...Read More
Free flow of information is indispensable for effective response to Corona-Covid19 crisis, says Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), and calls upon media owners and the Government to ensure proper health safety and professional protection including regular salaries and benefits of the media professionals. It also proposed a provision of special risk incentives, especially frontline reporters.
In a statement issued on 9 April to the media, Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB said, “free flow of information is indispensable for effective response to the national crisis created by Corona-Covid19 crisis. It is clear that no country in the world had adequate preparation of capacity to prevent and control the virus. It is only natural that there will be deficits and weaknesses in managing the crisis. Therefore, no hiding of information nor any predicament to its disclosure, but free and unrestricted flow of information...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has strongly condemned the inhuman violation of safety and health right of RMG (readymade garments) workers as factory owners forced them to report to work under the threat of layoff at a time when public holiday has been announced upto 11 April to ensure social distancing as the key preventive measure against spread of Corona-Covid.
In a statement issued on 05 April 2020 to the media, TIB says that the insensitive act of factory owners which is detrimental to public interest has pushed tens of thousands of workers as well as people at large to severe risk of infection. TIB considers it a violation of safety and health right of RMG workers that under pressure of the factory owners the workers have been forced to rush to workplace in extremely adverse conditions from very faraway for fear of losing job.
Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB says, “As advised by health experts, people...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has called for strict and unbiased enforcement of Prime Minister’s pledge that no irregularity shall be tolerated in government response to the crisis related to Covid 19. A statement issued to the media on 01 April, 2020 says that the Prime Minister’s statement confirms TIB’s demand that there is no alternative to highest level transparency and effective corruption control as prerequisite for successful response to this type of major crisis. TIB says that it now remains in the hands of her party leaders, activists and beneficiaries at all levels, administration, law-enforcement agencies including the Police to enforce the Prime Minister’s pledge. On the other hand, in this extraordinary situation although public procurement may genuinely need to be fast-tracked, all measures must be taken to ensure accountability. TIB also calls upon the government to guarantee that the supply chain of food and...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has called for developing a national strategy containing short, medium and long-term action plan to manage and steer the recovery process from socio-economic setbacks being caused by the extraordinary national crisis related to Corona virus. In a statement issued to media on 28 March, 2020, it recommends that a Special Fund be set up for the purpose equivalent to at least 10 percent of GDP. Reminding that management of any crisis like this in always vulnerable to corruption, TIB also calls for ensuring the highest standards of transparency and accountability in implementation of the strategy with particular emphasis on financial transparency in all stages and aspects.
Recalling that in a speech to the nation on March 25 the Prime Minister declared the situation as a national crisis that needed collective action, Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB said, “there is no scope of relaxing...Read More
TI Bangladesh considers corruption as one of the main impediments to establish women’s rights, and to control it effectively, the anti-graft watchdog calls upon the government to mainstream corruption prevention and integrity at all levels of state operation. TIB also urges to formulate specific roadmap/action plan to achieve sustainable development goals with particular importance to goal 5 and 16 to reduce corruption as the prerequisite of ending violence and torture against women.
The calls were made in a 10-point demands placed by TI Bangladesh for the consideration at the policy-making level of the government marking International Women's Day (IWD) 2020. TI Bangladesh celebrates the IWD each year with utmost importance as it believes that both the women rights movement and the anti-corruption movement are interlinked, and it is not possible to achieve the sustainable development goals and ensure good governance without involving...Read More
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Bangladesh scored 60 out of 100 in an assessment that measured the autonomous institution’s performance in tackling pervasive corruption in the country. The result puts the anti-corruption body into the "moderate" category as per the international standard. According to the assessment, the institution needs to improve by only a few indicators to graduate to the ‘high’ category as ACC’s overall score falls short of 7 points from the ‘high’ category.
Among the 50 indicators under six dimensions of the assessment tool of the study, the ACC scored ‘high’ in 42% (21), ‘moderate’ in 18 (36%), and scored ‘low’ in 11 indicators (22%). The highest score was achieved in ‘Prevention, Education and Outreach’ (75%), followed by ‘Independence and Status’ (67%) and ‘Cooperation and External Relations’ (67%). The lowest score achieved in ‘Detection, Investigation and Prosecution’ (44%).
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Increasing amount of illicitly transferred remittance and tax evasion by both legally and illegally employed foreigners have reached a worrying level, depriving the government of Bangladesh billions in revenue losses, as evidenced in a study by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
According to the study, an estimated $3.15 billion (Tk. 26,400 crores) are illicitly transferred annually out of the country while the state is losing at least $1.35 billion (Tk. 12,000 crore) of revenue annually due to tax evasion on this account. The study also finds that an overwhelming majority of the estimated 250,000 foreign nationals from 44 countries working mostly in various private sector entities are employed without mandatory appropriate visa and work permit.
The study conducted from April 2018 till December 2019 identified a series of governance challenges including different types of non-compliance by employers, foreign employees and a...Read More
Irregularities and corruption have become so rampant in Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) that the major body responsible for the development of Dhaka and corruption have become synonymous. Also, people do not get any service from RAJUK without paying bribe as it has become a mandatory part in all processes, says a recent study by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
“It is rare to find anyone getting services from RAJUK without bribes. Service-seekers has to get into a mandatory tripartite deal with RAJUK officials via brokers, where the bribe money changes hand at a fixed rate. The bribes too are taken in specific amounts based on contracts," said TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman in a press conference organized by TIB to release the study titled “‘RAJUK: Governance Challenges and Way forward’ at its Dhaka office on 29 January.
According to the study, bribery takes place in RAJUK based on contracts at the time...Read More
Bangladesh scored 26 out of 100 points and was ranked 14th from the bottom and 146th from the top among 180 countries in the Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019. As per the latest CPI which ranks countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption each year, Bangladesh scored far below than the global average score (43) and its position remains 2nd lowest for the 7th consecutive years among eight South Asian countries- lower than all except Afghanistan. TI Bangladesh called upon the government to take more drastic and effective steps beyond pledges and short-term operations against corruption.
Releasing CPI 2019 findings through a press conference in its Dhanmondi office on 23rd January 2020, TI-Bangladesh’s (TIB) Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman said, “Bangladesh’s score is still much lower than the global average score of 43. Counting from top, Bangladesh positions...Read More
TI Bangladesh and the Information Commission (IC) renewed the ongoing partnership to enhance awareness and boost stakeholders’ capacity to ensure effective implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 December 2019 for a period of three years at the Information Commission office, Agargaon, Dhaka. Mr. Martuza Ahmed, Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, TI Bangladesh signed the MOU on behalf of their respective organizations.
It is noteworthy to mention that under the previous MoU, both the organizations accomplished remarkable success in engaging young people across the country to create mass awareness on the Right to Information. The areas of mutual cooperation under the MoU include youth engagement programmes for promotion of the effective use of the RTI Act, orientation of RTI Act for marginalized...Read More
Marking the International Anti-corruption Day (IACD 2019), TI Bangladesh called upon the government to ensure a conducive environment for prevention of corruption in achieving inclusive sustainable goal and implementation of the promised 'zero tolerance' against corruption. At the same time, the prime minister's declaration of "no one will be exempted" should be implemented in order to secure the real benefits of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign, added the anti-graft watchdog.
The demands were made in weeklong diverse set of events to mark the IACD 2019 at both the national and local level. With the theme ‘Inclusive Sustainable Development: Together Against Corruption’, the versatile IACD celebration started with the 2nd National Anti-Corruption Moot Competition 2019 at the national level. TIB-inspired YES and YES friend’s members under Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCCs) in 45 locations of the country at the local level observed...Read More
The current management framework of Rohingya humanitarian assistance program is severely plagued with various challenges, including lack of coordination among implementing agencies, inter-communication, financial inconsistencies, monitoring, and prolonged stay of Rohingyas. Also, the lacks of adequate human resources and information disclosure with absence of a central database, caused lack of transparency and have been disrupting the management and supervision activities of the refugee camps widely. In addition, emergence of beneficiary groups at different levels of the humanitarian program poses grave risks of institutionalization of corruption and irregularities.
A Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study titled Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (Rohingya) in Bangladesh: Governance Challenges and Way out revealed the worrisome observations. The study, conducted between July and October 2019, to identify the governance...Read More
The 2nd DUMCS-TIB Anti-Corruption Moot Court Competition 2019 has come to the conclusion. Following a nail-biting finale in the courtroom, Team representing the University of Dhaka emerged as the champion seeing off BRAC University team in the final showdown. The competition, which has appeared as the largest national moot court competition ever in Bangladesh in terms of number of competing teams, ended with the lively arguments of the 26 teams from the different universities of the country through the semifinals, final round, award-giving and valedictory ceremony held on 30 November at the faculty of law, University of Dhaka.
The 3-day anti-corruption moot competition, second of its kind, was organized by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) in collaboration with Dhaka University Moot Court Society (DUMCS), the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka to enhance awareness among the students of law faculties across Bangladesh on the...Read More
A new report titled, “Choked by Coal: The Carbon Catastrophe in Bangladesh” shows that 63-fold coal power expansion is going to take place in Bangladesh, which will add 115 million of tonnes of carbon dioxide emission annually. The coal-based energy production plan will dramatically increase coal power capacity of Bangladesh from the current level of one coal plant generating 525 MW to twenty-nine coal plants generating 33,250 MW. It will catastrophically worsen climate vulnerability Bangladesh, the report produced and published by Market Forces and 350.org in collaboration with Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Waterkeepers Bangladesh and Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon suggested.
Speaking at the press conference to launch the report, Iftekhruzzaman, Executive Director of TIB said, “Bangladesh does need huge investments to meet growing energy needs, but we can't afford the unprecedented coal boom at our own peril. We seem to...Read More
A divisional workshop was held to strengthen internal good governance in the local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) on 31 October at Khulna. Jointly organized by NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) under the Prime Minister's office and TI Bangladesh, the objective of the workshop was to inform, include and encourage the local NGOs on effective implementation of an action plan developed to improve governance in the NGOs.
Participants of the workshop included senior officials of the local administration and representatives of selected 39 local NGOs of Khulna division.
The workshop was the first of the planned eight divisional workshops across the country to share the action plan with the local NGOs and encourage for effective implementation. The action plan was developed by TI Bangladesh in consultation with national and international NGOs to strengthen internal governance in NGOs, followed by the issuance of a circular by NGOAB instructing to...Read More
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and TI Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to continue joint efforts in forging a further collaborative partnership and engagement in the fight against corruption. The two anti-graft organizations inked the MoU, for the 3rd time, at the ACC’s head office in Segunbagicha, Dhaka on 7 October 2019. TI Bangladesh’s Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman and ACC’s Director General (Prevention) Mr. Sarwar Mahmud signed the three-year MOU on behalf of their respective organizations.
The newly signed MoU ranging from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2022 is invigorated with remarkable successes of joint efforts under the two previous MoUs, under which both the organizations gained outstanding achievements with wide youth involvement. The MoU stipulates joint data sharing on monitoring the progress with regards to achieving the SDG 2030 especially the goal 16. It also includes, among...Read More
TI Bangladesh observed 2019 International Right to Know (RTK) Day with great enthusiasm across the country. Besides holding youth led campaigns to encourage citizens about applying their rights to get information, TI Bangladesh also joined hands with the Information Commission, Bangladesh to observe the day. At local level, in 45 locations of the country, members of the Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCCs), YES, YES Friends and SWAJAN members observed the day with the local administration holding rallies, information fairs, human chains and discussion meetings.
As this year marks the 10th year of the enactment of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in Bangladesh, this year’s celebration specially emphasized on the progress so far made and challenges to overcome in implementing the RTI Act. “Notable progress has been made during the first 10 years of the enactment of the law however it has not yet reached the expected level, albeit 10...Read More
Flood preparedness and relief efforts this year were marred by irregularities and corruption, including making political considerations when preparing lists of flood victims and distributing relief items, dispensing less relief than the stipulated amount and depriving those who raised their voice against the dishonesty. The discrepancies in the flood preparedness and relief efforts also included insufficient risk assessment of the flood vulnerability, lack of coordination among concerned authorities, misuse of government allocation, lack of initiatives to shift the vulnerable people to safer shelters, inadequate shelters and delicate embankments due to lack of proper maintenance.
These observations were made in a study titled ‘Integrity Watch in Flood 2019 Preparedness and Relief Operations’ by TI Bangladesh. To unveil the study, TI Bangladesh organized a press conference at its Dhaka office on 29 September 2019. TIB Executive Director...Read More
To ensure a livable world for the future generation, hundreds of children and youth of Bangladesh called upon the world as well as Bangladeshi political and Government leaders, investors and funders to act responsibly bearing in mind the risks of survival of generations due to climate change and close down all coal-based power projects through gradually increasing use of renewable energy by 2030. Together with other specific demands, they further demanded that the global leaders must take necessary steps to implement the ‘Paris agreement’ without further delay to ensure committed compensation to the affected countries by the industrially developed polluter countries.
The demands were equivocally made on 27 September in human chains organized by TI Bangladesh in Dhaka and simultaneously 45 different districts and sub-districts of Bangladesh in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike. Chanting the slogan “One World, One Bangladesh:...Read More
Lack of national work plan to counter emergencies ignoring potential risk of spread of Aedes mosquito and widespread irregularities in controlling initiatives fueled horrifying Dengue outbreak this year in Bangladesh, which caused the ailment of several thousand and nearly two hundred deaths from the mosquito-borne disease, observed TI Bangladesh.
Unveiling a rapid research study which was done considering the dengue situation an emergency health hazard, the anti-graft organization also stated that organizational shortcomings and lack of coordination among the organizations concerned in the mosquito eradication program worsened the dengue situation across the country although there are mechanisms in place to ensure a healthy environment. Calling for robust accountability sparing no one involved, TI Bangladesh also placed 15 points recommendation to the authorities concerned for controlling Aedes mosquitoes.
To unveil the study titled...Read More
Corruption is so widespread in land registry offices of Bangladesh that service seekers are forced to pay bribes at every step to get land-related services. The pervasive graft has become nearly institutionalized by a collusion of the employees of the land offices, local goons, and well-connected people, observed in a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study. Titled `Governance Challenges in Land Deed Registration Service and Way Forward’, the study also found that illegal transactions are frequently made for recruitment, promotions, and transfers of the land office staff.
The study, aimed to find out the reasons behind the lack of good governance in land registration-related offices and put recommendations to overcome the challenges, also focused on challenges of implementation of laws, infrastructural limitations, deficiencies of logistics, budget constraints, and inadequate human resources, lack of accountability and...Read More
The Parliament Watch 2019, an analytical research report by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) reveals that Members of Parliament (MPs) in the 10th national parliament contributed less time for legislative business which is about 12% of the time in 23 sessions ranging from January 2014 to October 2018. “Out of 193 passed bills including 51 amendments during the tenure, most (71%) of the enactment of legislation in the 10th parliament took only 1-31 minutes in average to get ratified. It shows an obvious example of lack of interest of the lawmakers to get engaged in the process of legislation, one of the main objective of the parliamentary system” said Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB.
The latest Parliament Watch (PW), fifth of its kind on the 10th Parliament and the 15th of the Parliament Watch (PW) series since 2001 by TIB, also pointed out that the house wasted around 194 hours and 30 minutes (12% of the total...Read More
Effective implementation of Right to Information (RTI) Act is pivotal to strengthen institutionalization of democratic values, good governance and anti-corruption measures. Research shows strong correlation of RTI and proactive disclosure with improved governance, increased transparency and empowerment. As one of the main stakeholders of the RTI process, Designated Officers (DOs) hold distinctive position and can play a catalyst’s role through increased ownership in discharging their duties to implement the RTI Act effectively.
The observations came up in a day-long training workshop on the Role of Designated Officers in Implementing RTI Act 2009. TI Bangladesh organized the capacity building initiative on 27th August 2019 at its Dhaka office as a part of its variety of programs marking the upcoming International Right to know (Rtk) day. The training brought together 31 Dos of different public offices among which 26 were male and 5...Read More
From preventative perspective, the investigators of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) can play exemplary role through effective investigation. However, challenged with limited resources to ensure effective implementation, ACC investigators should always be updated with new skills as corruption cases require extensive knowledge base with technological updates.
Considering the significance of effective investigation, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized a training on ‘Effective Investigation of Corruption’ from 3-4 July 2019 at its head office to capacitate the investigators of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Bangladesh. The training brought together 30 mid-level and higher mid-level ACC investigators from all around the country.
The training was conducted by a panel of relevant experts from different areas. The panel included Former Justice of High Court division Md. Azizul Haque; the Deputy General Manager of...Read More
Among the eleven strategies prescribed in the National Integrity Strategy (NIS) to bring in changes in the public administration, nearly half of the strategies were applied satisfactorily. However, the advancement leaves little effect in challenges of the sector especially in curbing corruption and ensuring merit and performance-based professionalism at public offices. Also, despite satisfactory application of couple of incentive-related strategies, corruption and growing politicization of administration shows no sign of lessening instead its alarming growth pose severe risk to professional excellence. Moreover, unfruitful implications of some practices due to politicization and other influences, are affecting the administration negatively. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) came up with the findings and observations in a Press Conference while unveiling a research report, titled `Integrity in Public Administration: Policies and...Read More
Active Mothers Forum (AMF), a volunteer’s platform initiated by TI Bangladesh to strengthen governance in schools by engaging students’ mothers, has been amplified at 1,155 Government primary schools under Chandpur district in Bangladesh. When AMF will be introduced completely in all the schools, around 20,000 mothers of school-going children are expected to contribute in promoting disclosure and transparency in schools and holding the school authorities accountable. AMF encourages mothers to play an active role in their children’s education in a participatory process.
In the initial stage of implementation, 172 AMF Coordinators and 172 Head teachers of the respective schools under Upazilla Headquarter of Chandpur committed to improve transparency, accountability and quality in education.
Mothers getting orientation about their roles in AMF (1); Teachers sharing their concerns and ideas (2)
When TI Bangladesh inspired Committee of...Read More
Bangladesh scored 26 on a scale of 0-100 among 180 countries in the Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2018. Bangladesh’s score has moved downward by 2 points than last years’ position in the index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, placed Bangladesh 149th from the top and 13th from the bottom. In the 2017, Bangladesh was in 143rd from the top and 17th from the bottom. This score is much lower than the global average score of 43 and both in rank and score among eight South Asian countries, Bangladesh’s position remains 2nd lowest for 6th consecutive years - lower than all except Afghanistan. According to TI Bangladesh, this performance portrays prevalence of worrying level of corruption in Bangladesh. Against this backdrop, TI Bangladesh called upon the government to take a stricter position and effective measures in realizing its political...Read More
Despite a number of measures taken in recent years by the government and garden owners to improve the working environment and rights of the labourers, the living conditions of tea workers in the country is still not satisfactory. Majority of the tea plantation workers in the country are being deprived of proper wages and their basic rights, mainly because of legal bottlenecks and irregularities in government monitoring agencies, revealed in a study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
With an aim to identify governance challenges regarding working environment and workers' rights in tea gardens, the findings of the study titled “Working Environment and Workers' Rights in Tea Gardens: Governance Challenges and Way Forward” were unveiled in a Press Conference on 18 December 2018 at TIB Dhaka office where TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Adviser Executive Management Professor Dr. Sumaiya Khair, Director-Research &...Read More
Strong political will is imperative in fighting against corruption. Ahead of national parliamentary election, TI-Bangladesh stressed on specific commitment and implementation outline from the political parties to fill in governance shortcomings. To ensure democratic accountability, it urged the parties to lay out time-bound action plans following national integrity strategy. To make peoples engagement significant in the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) and ensure freedom of expression for all the citizens, TI-Bangladesh called upon the government to amend the Digital Security Act and Civil Service Act as some provisions of the laws created a context in which people feel insecure to raise voice and are forced to exercise self-censorship, and interrupt effective implementation of anti-corruption acts. Besides, TI-Bangladesh also urged to ensure application of political will in strengthening Anti-Corruption Commission with establishing...Read More
Investigative reporting, an integral part of journalism plays a crucial role in bringing corruption to light and fighting against impunity. If needed, any hurdle to investigative journalism should be removed as evidence-based reports contribute in creating mass awareness on public affairs and hold power accountable. As some provisions of recently enacted Digital Security Act impose prohibition against investigative journalism keeping people in dark about corruption and created a sense of insecurity among all people, the government should immediately take necessary steps to correct the law. Also, corruption should be tackled with enlightened citizenry built through developing values among people and a free media which can inform people with evidence-based news items. Experts made the observations in a discussion meeting on `Challenges of Investigative Journalism in perspective of Digital Security Act ' organized by Transparency International...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) observed the International Right to Know Day, 2018 with a call upon the government to review the hastily passed Digital Security Act ignoring widespread protests and concerns from journalists, media, rights activists, civil society and different national and international quarters. Observing the legislation contradictory to the true spirit of Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009, the Liberation War and freedom of expression, TIB also urged the president not to assent to the bill at this stage terming some of its provisions risky for journalists, media, researchers as well as for the masses and push it back to the Parliament for reviewing the controversial provisions.
Referring freedom of expression and right to information as the fundamental rights of the people, Executive Director of TIB Dr. Iftekharuzzaman said, the Right to Information (RTI) Act is exceptional as it gives people the right...Read More
National and international experts stressed on need to ensure transparency and equity in securing green climate funds (GCF) which may be possible through the implementation of policies that are parallel to global standards. The speakers reiterated the necessity of monitoring the implementation of projects at the root-level, along with ensuring participation from the community, experts with members of the civil society to monitor the implementation process. They made the observations at a daylong international dialogue that held in the capital on 18 September.
Organised by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), experts from Bhutan, Nepal, Australia, Korea, Germany and Bangladesh were participating in ‘Dhaka Integrity Dialogue 3: Equity and Transparency in Green Climate Funding’ at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka.
TIB organized the dialogue, third of its kind, to identify prospects and challenges in...Read More
Political parties of Bangladesh have failed markedly in fulfilling their pledges made in the election manifestos especially with regards to strengthening good governance and integrity. In all of the elections held since independence, though some governance related significant commitments were addressed and accomplished, a huge gap was identified between achievements and promises made in manifestos. Pledges in relation to establishing an effective parliament, recruitment of the ombudsperson, scrapping of draconian laws, disclosure of information of the people’s representatives’ wealth and establishment of terrestrial radio and television channel as independent institutions were never fulfilled. On the contrary, the parties were found enacting regressive and controversial laws those went against the spirit of democracy and good governance to control people’s rights to freedom of expression and thoughts. It was also found that the parties lack...Read More
National Household survey 2017 on corruption in service sectors by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) reveals that 66.5% households became victims of corruption while receiving services from different public and private sectors or institutions. However, the extent of bribery paid by households (on an average of Tk. 5,930 for services) has decreased in 2017 compared to 2015 (49.8% in 2017 compared to 58.1% in 2015). Among the victims of bribery in the 2017 survey, 89.0% households mentioned that they paid bribe or unauthorized money because services were not provided if bribe was not paid. The survey further observed that the bribe burden is comparatively higher on households with low income as they were forced to spend much higher portion of annual income in bribery than households with high income (0.12% vs 2.41% of their expenditures).
In the survey, the largest assessment of public opinion of Bangladesh on corruption in...Read More
To streamline the roles of Youth with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and synchronize the new knowledge in the fight against corruption, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized three two-day long anti-corruption Youth Camps in July and August 2018. Highlighting the theme Transparency and accountability towards achieving Sustainable development goals: Invincible Youth will resist corruption’, about 700 Youths from TIB inspired anti-corruption volunteers Youth Engagement and support (YES) members and YES friends of 34 CCCs along with students from different educational institutions participated in the camps. The three camps were held at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, BARD Cumilla, on 10-11 July, at BRAC Learning Centre Rangpur on 23-24 July Rangpur and at CSS AVA center Khulna on 07-08 August 2018 in Bangladesh.
Diversified set of programs and sessions were designed to educate the young force and facilitate...Read More
Foreign-funded Non-Government Organizations of Bangladesh have gained noteworthy success in improving the overall governance situation compared to that reflected in 2007, however there remains a considerable scope for the advancement in strengthening good governance. The remarkable development was identified in a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) research study which assessed existing governance situation of the NGOs of Bangladesh funded by foreign donations. The study further recommended for effective application of accountability mechanisms existent to ensure transparency and integrity within NGOs and their accountability to the funding agencies and regulatory authorities.
With significant progress in the realms of openness of information, internal control, and accountability towards regulatory authorities of the government and funding agencies, adoption of necessary policies and guidelines, and development of systems for...Read More
Although attendance of MPs in the Parliament and average time spent for each session increased in the 14th to 18th session of the 10th parliament, there remain many challenges to make the Parliament more effective. Quorum crises still remains same as previous year and total amount of time spent in enactment of law remains still very low (9% of total time). Besides, the continuous trend of using unparliamentary language and violations of the Rules of Procedure by the MPs, failure of the main opposition party in playing effective role in making the government accountable, low participation of female members’ in legislative and other discussions with additional other findings presented a miserable picture containing lack of expected effectiveness of the parliament in promoting culture of democratic accountability through preventing corruption and establishing good governance in the country. These observations were stated in the current issue...Read More
Focusing on effective climate finance and good governance of climate funds, young debaters stressed on democratizing the governance and administration of climate finance. Core governance principals included transparency, accountability and integrity at various levels ranging from policies and practices with regard to disbursement of committed funds, challenges in the process of disbursement and various stages of use of disbursed funds including project implementation. Following the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as national legal regime citizens including vulnerable community have a right and an obligation to be informed about and involved in how public money is utilized, the young debaters argued that for effective, efficient and equitable concrete mitigation and adaptation, gender-equitable citizen’s participation in decision-making should also be ensured in mobilization of public climate funding, as the International Debate on...Read More
To awaken women regarding liability of illegal earnings and assets acquired especially by male relatives through corruption and accept deposit in their names either willfully or unknowingly, it is important to grow consciousness among women about the legal obligations and the definite punishment of such criminal acts. Such awareness raising programmes should highlight the potential risks of the crime, ways to avoid and the prevailing laws for safeguarding them and the family in this regard. Besides, more policy research and studies should be conducted to determine either the women are deliberately engaged with the liability or compelled to agree with the settlement. Relevant institutions should take initiatives of providing legal assistance to the female victim of such grafts. Moreover, Anti-Corruption Commission should be more sensitive and female-friendly in searches, investigation and prosecution of relevant corruption cases.
Concerted efforts by relevant stakeholders followed by tragic Rana Plaza collapse have gained considerable amount of progress in establishing good governance at the ready-made garment (RMG) sector. However, significant shortcomings still prevail in the major foreign currency earning sector and a lot of reform initiatives taken since the deadliest incident are yet to be implemented, a fact-finding research study by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) observed. The study, citing lengthy judicial process associated with the Rana Plaza collapse and other industrial cases an unfortunate impediment to trying the people responsible for the deadliest garment incidents recommended formation of a speedy tribunal for quick disposal of the cases, and establishment of single authority in the long run for centralized supervision and coordination in regulating issues to speed up the implementation of the reform initiatives.
The fact-finding...Read More
To cope with dire impact of climate change especially towards the water sector, promotion of integrity in the water management can play crucial role in climate adaption. In parallel with various initiatives by government and other organisations to counter climate change effects in Bangladesh, awareness campaigns and advocacy initiatives highlighting water integrity practices and linkages with SDGs should be prioritized in program planning for effective adaptation.
These points came up in an inter-university anti-corruption debate competition participated by young debaters from different universities. Held on 21 March 2018 to mark the World Water Day 2018, TIB organized the Barowari style Debate competition at its Dhaka office with participation of 55 debaters from 26 universities, selected through online registration process.
Dr. Rezwan-ul-Alam, Director – Outreach and Communications of TIB inaugurated the day-long event. Followed by...Read More
Youth debaters stressed on reducing corruption to attain SDG 5 through women empowerment, inclusion of women in decision-making process and mainstreaming gender in anti-corruption activities. The unanimous call was made in the final round of two-day national inter-university debate competition held on 4 March 2018.
Organised by TIB at its Dhaka office to generate awareness on role of women, development and good governance, a total of 96 debaters from 32 universities, both public and private, competed in the parliamentary-styled debate competition on the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals, Good Governance and Women’ from 3 March to mark International Women’s Day 2018. The topic of the final round was ‘corruption and economic debilitation are the main obstacle in achieving SDG 5’.
In the final of the competition, Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) emerged Champion by defeating Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) while...Read More
Gender inequality spreads corruption and women are more likely to become victims of corruption then men. A Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study in 2015 found that women are being forced to accept corruption as a way of life, and at the same time they are becoming victims, agents and in some cases beneficiaries of corruption. To ensure women’s adequate representation at all stages of governance framework, it is important to mainstream gender in anti-corruption activities.
To generate larger awareness and capacity building of agents of change, TIB has undertaken number of events to observe International Women’s Day 2018 with the theme: “Sustainable development Goals, good governance and Women”. Series of events at national level included a workshop with women government officials and a national debate competition in participation with 32 teams from different universities of the country. The day was also observed in 45 CCC...Read More
Thousands of anti-corruption volunteers under TIB-inspired activists’ groups - the Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCC), Swajan, Youth Engagement and Support (YES) and YES Friends, Young professionals against Corruption (YPAC) flocked to Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on 26 February 2018 to attend the 9th National Convention and renewed their pledges to effectively battle corruption both personally and collectively with the theme: ‘Together against Corruption’.
A declaration was read out at the end of the Convention where several pledges were made which included being together to build well-governed and democratic Bangladesh with effectively resisting corruption from all the levels. The notable nine point recommendations to build corruption-free Bangladesh made at the declaration, among others were, establish rule of law, practice of accountability and democracy to ensure equal rights for each and every citizens...Read More
Bangladesh has scored 28 on a scale of 0-100 according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017 released by Transparency International (TI) on February 21 2018. Bangladesh's score in 2017 is two point higher than in 2016. In a list of 180 countries, Bangladesh is ranked 17th from below, which is two steps higher than in 2016. Bangladesh remains well below the global average of 43 which indicates moderate success in controlling corruption. Among the eight South Asian countries, Bangladesh continue to be the second worst performer after Afghanistan.
Releasing the CPI 2017 findings in its head office in Dhaka at morning on 22 February 2018, Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh urged the government to take stern measures against the corrupt, without fear or favour. “The prospect of doing better in CPI will depend on their application and enforcement. Corruption must be a punishable offence...Read More
Selected YES members from TIB-inspired YES groups of Dhaka shared their experiences from the anti-corruption movement with the `Shadow Ambassador of the day 2018’ of the Danish Embassy to Dhaka. During the meet up at TIB head office on 6 February 2018, YES members also engaged in discussion with Mr. Mikael Hemniti Winther, Ambassador of Denmark to Bangladesh.
TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman welcomed the ‘Shadow Ambassador of the day 2018’ Ms. Sayma Afrin accompanied by the Danish Ambassador to TIB. Followed by the introduction, YES members shared their activities regarding how YES members have been voluntarily contributing to the TIB-led anti-corruption movement. They also shared both the success and challenging sides of stories of their involvement in the movement. Their sharing included challenges they face in creating anti-corruption social awareness in campaigns, day observance highlighting anti-corruption issues,...Read More
To prevent wide-spread corruption, effective investigation plays the larger role in deterring corruption and thus, investigators are needed to be sufficiently efficient and skilled with updating knowledge. To keep pace with global advancement, 30 investigators of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh gathered at Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) head office on 28 December 2017 to participate in a training workshop titled Effective Investigation of Corruption. TIB organized the daylong programme to enhance capacity of ACC investigators about inquiry, investigation, analysis of information and documents especially on money laundering cases and aimed to enhance practical knowledge and skills for effectively implement prevailing anti-corruption laws.
The training programme was designed following the set of recommendations stated inan assessment of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladeshcarried out by TIB as...Read More
9 December marks the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD). To celebrate IACD 2017, Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) organized a number of people and youth engagement activities promoting the message: Together against corruption. TIB called upon the Government to create enabling environment for the anti-corruption fighters, so that anti-corruption fighters and researchers can smoothly broaden the anti-corruption social movement. Those entrusted to fight corruption such as the Judiciary, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the law-enforcing agencies are able to discharge their duties without fear or favor, TIB demanded.
In a weeklong diverse set of events to celebrate IACD 2017 in both local and national level, from oath-taking to human rallies and competitions, people and youths from all walks of society with TIB’s stakeholders pledged to eradicate the menace collectively. In different campaigns like airing anti-bribery TVC...Read More
Part of Youth seen taking oath
For many youngsters it was a memorable day, because they hate corruption but didn’t know how to fight it. By participating in an anti-corruption oath-taking ceremony today, hundreds of youngsters pledged that they will refrain from all kinds of corruption.
On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) 2017 which will be celebrated globally on 9th December, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today began a week-long observance of IACD through anti-corruption oath-taking event, held in the morning at the Central Shahid Minar, Dhaka.
Wearing green caps and badges with ‘Together against Corruption’ message, hundreds youngsters from various parts of the capital joined this colorful anti-corruption oath-taking event. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chair, Board of Trustees of TIB administered the anti-corruption oath. Observing that the invincible youth can steer fundamental change, she urged all...Read More
A TIB study titled ‘National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB): Challenges of Good Governance and a Way-out in its Manuscript Formulation and Publication Management’ revealed that NCTB officials are not only involved in irregularities in publishing and distributing free textbooks, they also arbitrarily changed some of the textbook contents in primary and secondary levels due to political and communal pressures.
Identifying prevailing governance challenges and irregularities at various stages of manuscript formulation and publication processes, TIB proposed 16-point recommendations to ensure transparency and accountability in the operation of NCTB.
Morsheda Akhter, Program Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings of the study during a press conference on 13 November 2017 at TIB’s Dhaka office. TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Adviser for Executive Management Professor Dr. Sumaiya Khair, Director for research...Read More
Public hearing was found as an effective tool in ensuring transparency and accountability in the public offices and importantly, it creates influential impact on people’s empowerment and create a space to resolve complaints and grievances. Though a significant number of complainers were not provided with answers yet on their complaints, number of resolutions on raised complaints were found impressive. If institutionalized, public hearing can become one of the most effective tool in corruption prevention in public offices as it opens up ways of developing relationship and trust between service providers and service recipients. This observation was made in a TIB study on Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC’s) Public Hearing as a Means of Controlling Corruption: Effectiveness, Challenges and Way Forward.
“Although public hearing creates an immediate impact, it is not possible for ACC alone to monitor all the institutions of the country all...Read More
Forcibly displaced Myanmar Nationals to Bangladesh, the Rohingyas are under grave risk related to food, clean water, clothing, shelter, sanitation and health. Despite diverse efforts of government and private sector with support from national and global level, the afflicted, oppressed and the victims of unprecedented atrocity by the state of Myanmar are being exploited in different ways by a coterie consist of several representatives of displaced refugees, few local public representatives and politically influential. In the face of horrible humanitarian crisis in the history of Bangladesh, the government has set a commendable and humanitarian example by providing shelter and various other basic needs in such a short notice to the Rohingyas from humanitarian perspective. The management of large number of refugees with limited resources and growing challenges pose massive risk of long-term social, economic, environmental and health related...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Information Commission will work jointly to increase people’s awareness and boost stakeholders’ capacity to ensure effective implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 11 October 2017 at Information Commission office at Agargaon in Dhaka. The areas of mutual cooperation include among other’s youth engagement programmes for promotion of the effective use of the RTI Act, media communication and campaign through mass media, capacity building training of information officers and observance of the International Right to Know Day.
Under the MoU, TIB and Information Commission will jointly organize capacity building training programmes for the designated officers of both the public and private institutions. Trainings for the students of different educational institutions to promote peoples’ capacity to...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) celebrated International Right to Know Day 2017 with great enthusiasm. Besides holding human chain and debate competition, TIB joined hands with the Information Commission in holding different awareness campaign including rally, discussion, information fair in the capital to aware the people of their rights to get information at ease. In 45 locations of the country, the members of the Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCCs), YES, YES Friends and Swajan members joined hands with the local administration to celebrate the day at local level. Rally, information fair, discussion, anti-corruption cultural programme, Right to Information Act campaign were organized to encourage proactive disclosure of information and aware people. Ministers, bureaucrats, local government representatives, common citizens and students also attended the programmes.
Addressing a human chain on September 27 in Dhaka, TI...Read More
Nationl and international experts here stressed on urgent concerted efforts of South Asian governments to ensure transparency, accountability and integrity in utilising the fund for the climate victims. ‘As the South Asian countries have prioritised adaptation over mitigation, the governments in this region must mainstream adaptation into their regular developmental portfolio by ensuring transparency and accountability of climate-financed projects to meet diverse needs of the divergent local community in the region’, they observed during a two-day international dialogue that concluded in the capital on 19 September 2017.
Organised by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), experts from India, Nepal, Australia, the Maldives, the Netherlands, the UK, Thailand and Bangladesh convened in ‘Dhaka Integrity Dialogue 2: Climate Finance and Governance in South Asia’, held from 18-19 September 2017 at the Bangabandhu International Conference...Read More
The legal, policy and institutional structures for achieving the cherished goal of sustainable development related to curbing corruption and establishing good governance (SDG-16) in Bangladesh is robust however, weaknesses and deficits in laws and their applications, mishandling of law and application of law based on political considerations are creating hindrances to realization of these goals. These observations were made in a TIB research report titled ‘Sustainable Development Goal 16: Preparedness, Realities and Challenges for Bangladesh in Curbing Corruption and Establishing Good Governance’.
Unveiled on 17 September 2017 in a press conference organized by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) at its Head office in Dhanmondi Dhaka, TIB Chairperson Advocate Sultana Kamal, TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Adviser for Executive Management Professor Dr. Sumaiya Khair and the Director for research and policy Mohammad...Read More
A TIB study identified significant deficiencies such as `unethical influence’ in approval, illegal implementation of the projects by politically influential sub-contractors, absence of meaningful participation of stakeholders and lack of coordination among them in implementing climate projects by Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB). Besides, arbitrary selection of project areas, inadequate knowledge of officials concerned and indifferences of authorities in addressing the irregularities were contributing to the weak governance in the projects, a TIB study revealed.
The study recommended establishing grievance redressal mechanism and independent citizen-led monitoring and evaluation, involving community in project implementation and ensuring proactive information disclosure of the projects for bringing transparency. A study by TIB titled `Climate Finance and Governance in Project Implementation: The Case of Bangladesh Water...Read More
To prevent corruption and reduce many types of irregularities in different levels of passport service, the existing provision of police verification and attestations of documents and photographs should immediately be cancelled as the systems under the provisions entails and encourages corruption and public sufferings, observed TIB in a research report titled Good Governance in Passport Service: Challenges and Way Forward.
The observations were made by TIB on 21 August 2017 in a Press Conference at its Dhaka Office organized to release the findings and observations of the study. In the Press Conference, TIB pointed out the prevailing challenges and irregularities in the passport services and proposed 12-point recommendations to overcome the challenges and improve the overall governance of the service.
Md. Shahnur Rahman, Program Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented the report findings. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson and M....Read More
On 29 July, junior artists of the different High Schools in Dhaka illustrated their dream Bangladesh on Climate Change issue, while participated in an Art Competition organized by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) to mark the World Environment Day 2017. The best six artists were awarded with books, crest and certificate, while those artists received recognition as ‘Special Mention’ was also awarded with book and a certificate.
In the morning, a total of 68 students participated from 29 schools in two categories as group A, class 6-8 and group B, class 9-10 took part in the competition organized at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy (BSA) premises in Dhaka. The artists’ did their artwork on “Amar Shwapner Bangladesh o Jalbayu Paribartan (Bangladesh-My Dream: Climate Change)”
The event was organized on the theme of ‘Demanding transparency, accountability and citizens' participation in protecting environment to ensure the...Read More
On 10th July 2017, the Government of Bangladesh has approved to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) officially on 9th December every year. Proposed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the government’s endorsement is expected to play pivotal role in enhancing public understanding of corruption issues, good governance principles and measures to fight against corruption. The decision also includes Bangladesh in the list of countries officially observing the IACD.
The breakthrough government approval has emerged as a remarkable outcome of last four years’ relentless advocacy led by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) with the Government of Bangladesh including directly with the Prime Minister's Office to persuade them to officially observe the annual IACD. As part of efforts to persuade the government on the significance of official observance of IACD, TIB appraised ACC about its communication with the...Read More
Young debaters of South Asian countries stressed on ensuring transparency, accountability and integrity in climate finance adaptation and called for just and equitable share of the climate finance to adapt to climate change and mitigate its adverse impact. They further urged the developed countries responsible for the climate change to provide compensation as promised in the global platforms.
The recommendations emerged from a two-day long Westminster Parliamentary Style debate competition held in Dhaka from 19-20 July 2017 involving University level debaters from South Asian countries, selected through national level competitions. A total of 16 debaters from 8 universities from Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh competed in the debate on the theme “Transparency, Accountability and Integrity: The Key to Ensuring Effective Mobilization and Use of Adaptation Finance” from 19 July 2017. After completion of three round of...Read More
During a dialogue on ‘SDG 16 and Good Governance: Government, Mass Media and Citizens’, organized by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on 2nd May, speakers called for improving communication with the citizen by the government and ensuring supportive regulatory environment so that media can effectively contribute in achieving transparency and accountability targets as outlined in the SDG 16.
Chaired by Member of TIB’s Board of Trustees and former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda, the dialogue was arranged on the occasion of International Press Freedom Day declared by UNESCO. BRAC University’s Professor Afsan Chowdhury and media analyst Mohammad Jahangir were the key discussants. TIB’s director (outreach and communication) Rezwan-ul-Alam presented the keynote paper. TIB’s Deputy Executive Director Dr. Sumaiya Khair, journalists from different media outlets and media analysts also attended.
TIB’s Executive...Read More
Bangladesh’s overall standard of governance in climate change adaptation (CCA) finance is satisfactory, nonetheless, there are ample scopes for improvement in the areas of transparency, accountability, integrity and participation in prioritizing, accessing, delivering and monitoring of the adaptation fund.
This was revealed today during a validation workshop titled: Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Finance in Bangladesh: Governance Standards Assessment, held at Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)’s head office at Dhanmondi.
With the support from Transparency International (TI) Secretariat, Berlin and the global CSO network Adaptation Watch, TIB conducted an online survey among 35 stakeholders comprising public, private, NGO and International agencies from 15th January to 5th March 2017 to assess Bangladesh’s prevailing state of governance in CCA Finance.
The survey focused on four core components of climate finance: ...Read More
In spite of the government’s sincere efforts, Bangladesh’s labour migration sector still suffers from many governance challenges ranging from legal, institutional and procedural limitations, coupled with rampant corrupt malpractices by intermediaries, causing immense sufferings to millions of job-seeks who have been defying all odds in search of a better future abroad.
This dismal picture emerged from a study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) titled: Governance in the migration process: Challenges and the way forward’, released on 9 March at a press conference in Dhaka.
Identifying a total of 16 types of irregularities and examples of corruption, the researchers’ demanded amendment to existing laws, enhancing capacity of relevant institutions and disclosure of migration-related information to wider audience to ensure good governance in the labour migration process.
Jointly produced by Manzur-e Khoda, Programme...Read More
Corruption and gender are closely linked. Gender inequality spreads corruption and women are more likely to become victims of corruption then men. A Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study in 2015 found that women are not only victims of corruption, sometimes they are actors and instruments of corruption (full report here).
To generate greater awareness, TIB observed this year’s International Women’s Day with this theme: “Sustainable development and good governance: Need empowered women, awakened conscience”. The day was observed in 45 CCC areas by organizing rally, street theatre, discussion meeting and cultural program. TIB organized a workshop at national level with women government officials and youths.
On 6 March, 2017, TIB arranged a workshop titled ‘Sustainable development goals, good governance and women’ at Meghomala Conference room of TIB to discuss about the status and role of women in achieving the Sustainable...Read More
Local government organizations in the form of devoluted organization are more accountable compared to the delegated form of decentralization in Bangladesh. This was revealed in a study titled: “Democratic decentralization and promotion of accountability in urban development of Bangladesh: a study on Khulna City Corporation (KCC), Khulna Development Authority (KDA) and Jessore municipality” conducted by Dr. Md. Ashiq Ur Rahman under Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Fellowship programme for innovative research on corruption and governance. The writer, an Associate Professor of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh, presented the findings during a roundtable held at Meghomala Conference room of TIB on 2nd March, 2017. Md. Iqbal Hussain, Secretary of KCC; Sultana Sajia, Town Planner of Jessore Municipality; Abu Sayed, Assistant Town Planner of KDA; Prof. AKM Abul Kalam, President Bangladesh...Read More
A three-day inter-university debate competition concluded on 26 February 2017 urging the authorities to ensure the highest level of integrity, transparency and accountability in the overall management of various types of climate funds in Bangladesh.
A total of 96 debaters from 32 universities, both public and private, competed in the parliamentary-styled debate on the theme ` Good Governance in Climate Finance: information disclosure and citizens’ participation’ from 24 February.
The topic of the final debate was “corruption is the main obstacle to the effective use of climate fund for ensuring sustainable development in Bangladesh’
Organized by TI Bangladesh, Chittagong University Debating Society (CUDS) emerged Champion by defeating American International University Bangladesh Oratory Club (AIUBOC), while Md. Kamrul Hasan of CUDS bagged the coveted `Best Debater’ award.
Dr. A.T.M. Shamsul Huda, former Chief Election...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) called upon the relevant institutions of the Government to ensure fairness in allocation and distribution of relief, maintain equity in the allocation and establish effective accountability through identifying probable challenges in disaster management especially cyclone responses. To overcome the challenges, TIB urged to concerned authorities to adopt sustained steps in response to disaster. Such calls were made in a press conference organized to release a research study titled, “Cyclone Roanu: Challenges of Good Governance in Disaster Management and Way Forward” on 1 February, 2017 by TIB.
Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson of TIB Board of Trustees presided over the event while Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr. Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director; and Dr. Rafiqul Hassan, Director, Research and Policy, TIB were also present at the event. M Zakir Hossain Khan, Senior Programme...Read More
Strong political will is imperative to control corruption in the country
Compared to 2015, Bangladesh has slightly improved its score and ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2016 releasedon 25 January 2017 by Transparency International. On a scale of 100, Bangladesh has scored 26 among 176 countries, an increase by one point compared to 25 of CPI 2015. Counting from below, the ranking has moved up two steps from 13 in 2015 to 15 Bangladesh has been placed at 145th position from the top, slightly by six positions compared to 139th position in 2015. All South Asian countries – Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka scored more and ranked higher than Bangladesh in CPI 2016, except Afghanistan.
Ali Imam Mazumder, M Hafizuddin Khan, Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Advocate Sultana Kamal, Dr. SumaiyaKhair, and Rezwan-Ul-Alam at the event (From left)
Coinciding with the global dissemination, Transparency International...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) called upon the government to ensure transparency and accountability, maintain equity in resource allocation and enhance capacity of the local government institutions (LGIs) implementing climate finance projects in Bangladesh. The call was made during a press conference held on 23 January 2017 in TIB’s Dhanmondi office on the occasion of releasing the findings of a research study titled ‘Climate Finance and Local Government Institutions: Governance in Project Implementation’.
At the event, Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson of TIB Board of Trustees said, “The concerned authority should be sincere about the BCCT Fund as it is formed with the public money and it should be used in a legal way instead of used for political gains.” She also opined, there is no alternative to increase the fund management skill of BCCT.
Citing the study findings, Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB...Read More
Throughout the world, 9 December is celebrated as International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD). Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) began observing the day through week-long activities in the capital and in 45 locations of the country where TIB-inspired Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCC) and Youth Engagement and Support (YES) volunteers have been spearheading the anti-corruption social movement since 1996. This year’s IACD theme is ‘Together against Corruption’ that called upon the people to make concerted efforts to reduce the menaces of corruption in the country.
The day began in the morning with a long human chain at the Centre Shahid Minar where Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique urged the youth to follow the ideals of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to fight corruption in the country. Citing a recent TIB survey that found 69 percent of the country's people fell...Read More
Ambassador H.E. Mikael Hemniti Winther of the Kingdom of Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) to continue supporting the core programme of TIB under the project titled “Building Integrity Blocks for Effective Change” (BIBEC) for the period 2017-2021.
The MoU was signed by Ambassador Winther and Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB. Senior officials of the Embassy of Denmark (EOD) and TIB were present at a simple ceremony held at TIB head office. Under the MoU TIB will receive Taka 22 crore in two stages – the on-going BIBEC phase of 2017-2019 and for the post-BIBEC phase of 2019-21.
The Danish Ambassador reiterated that this grant, as part of the Framework Agreement of the Government of Denmark with the Government of Bangladesh, represent the Danish government’s commitment to pursue development engagement with Bangladesh. He said that the embassy was happy...Read More
At the backdrop of widespread corruption and mal-governance across the sector, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), with the support of Water Integrity Network (WIN) of Berlin, formed Bangladesh Water Integrity Network (BAWIN) in 2011 to promote integrity as an essential part of the solution for more sustainability in the water sector. BAWIN is a multi-stakeholder network that includes civil society water sector institutions at national and sub-national level as well as committed individuals. BAWIN activities include but not limited to research, campaigns and advocacy to promote the engagement of various stakeholders. A key stakeholder of BAWIN, Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (KWASA) has been successfully applying the Integrity Management (IM) Toolbox in their organization since 2015. IM is a systematic, bottom-up approach to improve performance and efficiency through increased integrity.
“In terms of water...Read More
Ahead of COP 22 scheduled in Marakash during November 7-18 November 2016, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized a series of week-long advocacy and civic engagement programmes involving grassroots people in coastal areas of the country already affected by climate change. A package of demands calling for climate justice was placed in a press conference held in Dhaka as a culmination of the initiatives. One of the demands was a call for ensuring a legally binding status to the Paris Agreement, especially time-bound reduction of carbon emission to limit rise of global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050 and faster and transparent delivery of grants as pledged, rather than loan to compensate for adverse effects of climate change upon the people of countries like Bangladesh.
Reiterating the importance of ensuring the highest level of integrity, transparency, accountability and participation in the management,...Read More
Mr. José Carlos Ugaz Sánchez-Moreno, Chairperson of the International Board of Directors of Transparency International (TI) concluded his two-day visit to Bangladesh today with a call to the government of Bangladesh to realize that TI and TIB, through their work in Bangladesh were only trying help the government to achieve its own agenda to effectively control corruption and promote better governance. “Our message to the Government is: we are not the enemies; the enemy is corruption; the enemies are the corrupt”, he said in response to a question about almost regular negative reaction and intimidation by a section of the powerful people to TIB’s work. He called for a comprehensive approach to fight corruption together, involving all stakeholders. He made these remarks while summing up his short visit of two days Bangladesh visit during a 'Meet the Media' event held on 17 October at the Senate Building of the University of...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today announced the winners of the 18th Investigative Journalism Awards. On this occasion the Chairperson of International Board of Directors of Transparency International Mr. José Carlos Ugaz Sanchez-Moreno delivered a talk on 'media and corruption' held in Meghomala Conference room of TIB’s Central Office in Dhanmondi this afternoon.
In the national print media category, the staff reporter of online news portal jagonews24.com. Mr. Shahed Shafiq received the award. The Joint News Editor in the Daily ‘Ilsheypar’ of Chandpur Mr. Rezaul Karim was awarded in local print media category. In the electronic media (report), the prize was jointly received by special correspondents Mr. Shafiq Shahin and Mr. Badruddoza Babu respectively from private television channels NTV and Maasranga Television respectively. Besides, Deputy Editor Mr. Md. Alauddin Ahmmed and Senior Staff Reporter Mr. GM Faysal...Read More
Mr. José Carlos Ugaz Sánchez-Moreno, Chairperson of the International Board of Directors of Transparency International (TI) has arrived in Dhaka today on a two-day visit. This is his first visit to Bangladesh since he was elected Chair of the global anti-corruption coalition in 2014. The visit is hosted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), the largest and most active chapter amongst more than 100 countries where TI is present.The purpose of the visit is to facilitate mutual sharing and learning, drawing upon global and Bangladeshi experience of progress in promoting good governance and corruption prevention.During his visit, Professor Ugaz is expected to meet senior officials of the Government of Bangladesh and statutory bodies including Prof. Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Honourable Prime Minister and Mr. Iqbal Mahmood, Chairman of the Anti-corruption Commission, as well as Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, and...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) observed this year’s International Youth Day (IYD) by placing nine-point charter of demands to the government urging to ensure, among others, the promotion of liberalism, non-communalism, patriotism, youth engagement in the government poverty reduction plan and space to reporting corruption and discrimination. The youth day is observed throughout the world with countless events to acknowledge and encourage the actions of youth towards a more constructive future. This year the global theme is ‘the Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production’, a campaign that promotes the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.
TIB’s call was made through a human chain organized on 10 August in front of TSC at Dhaka University where Executive Director Dr....Read More
A report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) titled ‘Corruption in Service Sectors: National Household Survey 2015’ released today said some 67.8% households became victims of corruption last year while some 58.1% had to pay bribe at an average of Taka 4538.00. While the rate of corruption and harassment (67.8% versus 67.3%) in 2015 remained almost same in comparison to 2012, however, the households had to pay additional 1500 crore taka compared to 2012.
The most corrupt sectors identified in 2015 survey are: passport (77.7%), law enforcement agencies (74.6), education (Government and under MPO) (60.8%), BRTA (60.1%), land administration (53.4%) judicial services (48.2%), and Health (37.5%)_. The burden of corruption is higher on the low-income households compared to high-income households. Some 71% respondents said they had to pay bribe, because, “if we do not pay bribe, we do not get service.”
Releasing the findings...Read More
National and international experts today 29 March 2016, urged the governments of climate vulnerable countries to ensure the highest level of integrity, transparency and accountability in the overall management of their respective adaptation funds.‘Following the Paris Agreement, Bangladesh and other climate-affected countries must work together for building individual and collective capacity to ensure the highest level of integrity, transparency and accountability to offset a range of governance deficits which can adversely affect the adaptation efforts of vulnerable countries’, they said during a day-long deliberation on adaptation financing.Organised by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), the ‘Integrity Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation Finance Transparency: Accountability and Participation’ was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), where delegates from Australia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kenya,...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today celebrated the International Women’s Day 2016 with the theme of ‘Empowered Women, Awakened Conscience, Shall Surely Resist Corruption’. A number of social mobilization activities such as rallies, discussions, orientation, human chain, seminar, women fair and quiz/essay/debate competitions were arranged by TIB’s Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCC) and Youth Engagement and Support (YES) networks across 45 locations in the country.
People from all walks of lives, public officials, professionals, civil society, media, and youth attended these events.TIB also arranged a cultural programme in Dhaka's Rabindra Sorobar, Mukta Mancha in the afternoon. Various cultural performances by Dhaka YES members including theme-song choreography, two drama shows by network partners, dance and musical solo by leading artists Kona and Anima Mukti Gomez enthralled the audience.
The hallmark of this...Read More
A day-long consultation on ‘Governance challenges and the way forward in land sector’ was held in TIB’s Dhaka Office on 29 February 2016. Anti-corruption fighters and civil society activists attending the consultation urged for more concentrated efforts to reduce governance challenges in land-related services in the country.
Despite being so important in daily lives and economic activities, land sector in Bangladesh has been replete with numerous anomalies and corruption. According to TIB’s National Household Survey on Corruption 2012, 59% households experienced corruption while receiving services and nationally estimated total amount of bribe given by Bangladeshi households was found to be Tk. 22610 million. Over the decades, the government has taken numerous policy measures to reform land administration and management to make land services accessible and people oriented. In this context, the government has identified land as...Read More
At the backdrop of incidences of match-fixing, political and commercial influences in arranging major events, the lack of good governance in administration and other risks of corruption in international sports, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today urged the Government to take necessary preventive measures to maintain clean image of cricket in Bangladesh. Releasing the ‘Global Corruption Report: Sport’ of Berlin-based Transparency International (TI), through a press conference in its Dhanmondi office this morning, TIB's Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman underscored the need for enacting necessary laws for ensuring transparency in the Bangladesh's cricket's governance. He also hoped that all stakeholders involved with cricket matches and tournaments should comply with International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti corruption rules to avoid incidences of tainted images in the future. TIB's Deputy Executive Director...Read More
The day-long 8th national convention of TIB-inspired volunteer groups - the Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCC), Sawjan, Youth Engagement and Support (YES) and YES Friends was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre today, with the theme: ‘Vigilant Conscience, Invincible Youth - Shall Surely Resist Corruption’. More than two and half thousand of volunteers, comprising both senior and youth from 45 locations in the country and the Capital Dhaka attended.
The day began with the national anthem and a choreography performance of TIB’s theme song by YES members. Chair of TIB Trustee Board Advocate Sultana Kamal, administered an anti-corruption oath.
During the panel discussion, Advocate Sultana Kamal and Secretary General Ms. Selina Hossain shared their inspiring views on the Vigilant Conscience, Invincible Youth,Cultural Spiritand Anti-Corruption Movement. Iftekharuzzaman, ED, TIB emphasized on the effective role...Read More
Bangladesh scored 25 out of 100 points and ranked 13th position from the bottom and 139th from the top among 168 countries in the Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2015. Bangladesh’s score remained same at 25 compared to scores of 2014, while the rank went down by a position from the bottom, and moved up six positions from the top.
Releasing TI’s CPI 2015 findings through a press conference in its Dhanmondi office this morning, TI-Bangladesh’s (TIB) Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman stressed that strong political will to fight corruption is a must and institutions of accountability and rule of law must be allowed to function independently and effectively free from partisan influence. Conducive environment must be created for people at large, particularly media, civil society, and NGOs to raise and strengthen the demand for accountability.
Observing that ACC is widely perceived to have been subjected...Read More
The successes of Bangladesh's readymade garment sector are phenomenal. Starting in 1980 with just 30 units, the sector now employs nearly four million workers, of which more than three million are women, through more than 4000 units. The sector not only earns more than 75% of the country's foreign exchange, but it's socio-economic impact in terms of empowering rural women, in particular, is a stunning success. While there is no turning back from this ongoing socio-economic transformation, the challenges of ensuring good governance in the sector are plenty. The tragic event at Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013 drew the world's attention to the prevailing conditions in Bangladesh's readymade garment sector. TI-Bangladesh's study in 2013 revealed lack of transparency and irregularities in the sector’s structure.
The government, with support from other stakeholders, including coalitions of both European, American and Canadian...Read More
TI-Bangladesh today called upon the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to vigorously assert its legal mandate without fear or favour in controlling both rampant petty and grand corruption in Bangladesh. “The country could have prospered more had we been able to modestly contain the ill effects of both petty and grand corruption that is currently eating up some 4% of national GDP”, Dr. Iftekharuzzamn said this morning during a human chain organized in front of Teachers and Students’ Centre at the University of Dhaka to celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) 2015. Youth volunteers of TIB-inspired Youth Engagement Support (YES) groups, students, network members and representatives from various civil society organizations joined this human chain.
With the theme ` Vigilant conscience, invincible youth shall surely resist corruption’, TI-Bangladesh celebrated this year’s IACD with a series of activities in the Capital and 45...Read More
Throughout the world, 9 December is celebrated as International Anti-Corruption Day. As part of this celebration, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today awarded cartoonists and photographers for their outstanding contribution to the promotion of anti-corruption messages using the creative art forms of cartoons and photos. At the same time, a week-long exhibition comprising 63 cartoons and 23 photographs was also inaugurated today.
In addition to the 10th regular cartoon competition, TI Bangladesh this year also introduced a special cartoon competition on climate finance governance issues and the 1st anti-corruption photo competition. As part of TIB’s anti-corruption social movement, these competitions and exhibitions are aimed at creating greater awareness and motivation among the young generation to SAY NO TO Corruption.
A total 100 cartoonists under two age categories: 13-18 years, and 19-25 years, sent a total of 230...Read More
As part of it's four-day long celebration of International Anti-corruption Day which falls on 9 December, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today announced the winners of the 17th Investigative Journalism Awards. A discussion meeting on 'The media and good governance' was also held in Meghomala Conference room of it's Central Office in Dhanmondi this morning.
In the national print media category, the prize was won by daily Prothom Alo's Senior Reporter Rozina Islam. In the electronic media category, reporters Mizan Malik and Sajjad Parvez from Jamuna Television won, while the camera person Kazi Mohammad Ismiel from the same TV station was also awarded. For the first time, TI Bangladesh introduced investigative journalism awards for climate finance governance category and it was won by reporter G M Mostafizul Alam and cameraperson Jahangir Alam Ratan of Channel 24. For not meeting the required standard, the members of...Read More
In solidarity with the global climate march that was taking place around the world, anti-corruption youth volunteers of TI-Bangladesh's Youth Engagement and Support (YES) group joined thousand other climate marchers in the capital Dhaka and in 29 locations around the country on 28 November demanding Say No to Loan, Yes to Grant as Compensation for Climate Change Adaptation. Carrying placards and banners from Central Shahid Minar and parading streets through High Court, Shishu Park and Shahbagh, hundreds of YES volunteers urged the Bangladesh delegation to strongly put forward the above demand before the World leaders who will be gathering in Paris for UN Climate Conference (COP-21) from 30 November. Youth includes YES volunteers in country's 29 locations also raised similar demand through rally and human chain.
Bangladesh has been assessed as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change. The...Read More
A two-day training workshop involving researchers from six chapters of Transparency International (TI) commenced in Dhaka today to find ways for improving effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) in the Asia and Pacific region.
During the Dhaka workshop titled: Anti-corruption Agencies Assessment Tool and Project Kick-Off Workshop, researches from TI Chapters of Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan will be capacitated on techniques of using the ACA assessment tools, including research process and indicator framework; design work plan and advocacy strategies and form a practitioners’ network to take this initiative forward in the region and beyond.
Some 40 ACAs exist in the Asia Pacific region, and the effectiveness of many ACAs is inhibited by constraints such as insufficient independence, weak capacity and limited mandates. This encouraged TI in developing an initiative aimed at...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) launched an online initiative called Report Corruption to facilitate greater people engagement in the social movement against corruption in Bangladesh. Through this platform the people will get an opportunity to proactively and directly report incidents and experiences of bribery in key areas of TIB’s thematic interest of civic engagement - health, education, local government, land and climate finance.
TIB created this platform (www.ti-bangladesh.org/rc) will serve three main purposes: a) referral of specific cases to the concerned authorities, especially Anti-corruption Commission and relevant institutions including ministries and departments for action against acts of corruption; b) study of sector-wise corruption trends and implications based on experiences of victims and witnesses; and c) wider dissemination, communication and advocacy for positive change.
Corruption is a...Read More
TI Bangladesh today celebrated the International Right to Know (RTK) Day by calling upon the government to effectively implement the proactive disclosures policy across all government offices. It also urged the government to refrain from formulating laws and policies that contradict the true spirit of Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009.Observing that people are still largely unaware about the RTI Act 2009 even after six years of its enactment, Dr. Zaman in a statement to media today urged the authorities to update their websites by furnishing proactively disclosed information. Expressing concern that the true ideals of the Act, which was supposed to promote the constitutional right to freedom of expression, has been short-circuited by several harsher provisions as contained in the National Broadcasting Policy, Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act and the draft Cyber Security Act. He urged the government to...Read More
The International Youth Day 2015 was observed by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) through organising set of programmes on 12 and 13 August. The youth day is marked throughout the world with countless events to acknowledge and encourage the actions of youth towards a more constructive future. This year the global theme was `Youth Civic Engagement’, a campaign that aims to promote civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life, so that young people can empower themselves and bring a fuller contribution to the society, development and peace.
With the objective of assembling youth’s thinking on sustainable human development considering politics, human rights, socio-economical development, climate change, and other contemporary governance issues and forward their recommendations to the prime authority, TIB organised a two day long `Anti-Corruption Youth Fair and Cultural Event’ in Bangla...Read More
In spite of having a highly moralistic concept of integrity, some Bangladeshi youth would still resort to unfair means. A TIB study titled National Youth Integrity Survey 2015 found that 98 percent youth ascertain “lack of integrity” as an enormous problem and detrimental to country’s economic and overall development. Also, some 92 percent think that being honest is more important than being rich, while about 68 percent respondents said honest people have a greater possibility to succeed in life than a dishonest people, whereas 32 percent respondents found positive correlation in between corruption and success. On the other hand, a significant portion of surveyed youth admitted that they would like to participate in corrupt acts for their personal gain. For instance, for getting a good grade in a vital job (around 32%), for collecting official documents, permits, license (around 32%), for getting entrance to a good school...Read More
TIB today (31 May 2015) sent a letter to the Finance Minister requesting to ensure transparency, openness and accountability in the national budget for the fiscal year 2015-16. Reminding that good governance and combating corruption have been put as central agenda in the government’s Vision 2021, the Sixth Five-Year Plan, the National Integrity Strategy and election pledges, TIB emphasized on optimum use of public money by being economical, efficient and effective in the utilization of budgetary allocation to achieve desired goals of the budget. TIB also underscored that without bringing transparency, accountability and integrity in the budget process, it is not be possible to ensure sustainable economic development.
The dream of becoming a middle-income country bypassing principles such democratic accountability, elimination of discrimination and basic human rights may be possible for the short-term, however, in terms of...Read More
TIB has been using the people’s theatre as a tool to spread its anti-corruption messages across 45 locations in the country. Cultural activists among the Youth Engagement and Support (YES) groups are picked up through a rigorous process to use drama as means for reaching out to the community with powerful messages to fight corruption in health, education, local government, land and climate finance areas. A total of 46 theatre groups exist now, with 45 such groups in CCC areas.
Dhaka YES’s theatre team recently staged a street theatre show on 28 May 2015 at Capital’s Uttara area, with the support from Uttara University. Their production ‘Berajal’ (web of barriers) attracted a sizeable audience who cheered every dialogue as those mirrored their sufferings from land sector corruption. One spectator even stole the show by describing his own bad experience, prompting the audience to shout on top their voices that they will no...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 25 May 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the objective of strengthening anti-corruption prevention activities in the country. At a simple ceremony held at the mini conference hall of ACC head office in Segunbagicha, TIB’s Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman and ACC’s Director General (DG), Dr. Md Shamsul Arefin signed the two-year MOU on behalf of their respective organizations. ACC Chairman Md. Badiuzzaman, two Commissioners, Secretary and senior officials of both TIB and ACC were present during the signing.
During the signing ceremony, speakers agreed that the process of curbing corruption will be more dynamic and easy if the corruption can be prevented effectively. The MOU stipulates undertaking joint activities to implement and monitor anti-corruption campaigns at upazila and district levels involving members of Satata...Read More
A TIB report titled Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Chittagong City Corporation Elections 2015: Tracking the Process, released on 18 May 2015 found thatthe 28 April elections to the three city corporations - Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Chittagong – were deeply flawed in term of violation of electoral law, rules and conduct. With violation of permissible campaign spending limits took place at unprecedented rates, muscle and money determined the outcome as the Election Commission failed to create the level-playing field, while election officials including law enforcement agencies failed substantially to discharge entrusted authority and responsibility with impartially.
Releasing the report at it’s head office in Dhanmondi, TIB’s Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman said the ruling party activists were engaged in vote rigging,occupying polling centre, ballot papers stuffing and different irregularities to ensure victory of their...Read More
Although notable progress has been achieved, however, various deficits still exist indicating that a lot needs to be done to consolidate reforms gains in establishing good governance in the country’s Ready-made Garment Sector (RMG) sector, a TIB study revealed. The study Good Governance in the Ready Made Garment Sector: Review of Progress during Last One Year, released on 21 April 2015, assessed progress and implementation status of different initiatives and efforts undertaken to ensure good governance in RMG Sector in the last one year (April 2014 to March2014). It may be mentioned here that the nine-storey Rana Plaza that housed some readymade garment factories had collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing 1,138 people and injuring over 2,500, mostly garment workers. The Rana Plaza accident is now regarded as a stark example of lack of good governance and corruption in the RMG sector in Bangladesh.In October 2013, TIB...Read More
A TIB study ‘Rampal and Matarbari Power Projects: Governance Challenges in Environmental Impact Assessment and Land Acquisition’, released on 16 April 2015 unearthed a series of irregularities and unethical transactions of money in coal-based Rampal and Matarbari power plant projects at different levels. The study investigated governance challenges in the processes of environmental impact assessment and land acquisition for Rampal and Matarbari coal-fired thermal power plants. It may be mentioned here that the government has undertaken two coal -based mega power projects at Rampal and Matarbari with a target of producing 1320 megawatt each at a cost of Tk 145.10 billion and Tk 360 billion respectively. The Rampal project will be implemented by India-Bangladesh Friendship Co Ltd and Matarbari by Coal Power Generation Co Bd Ltd.
The study found that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) of Rampal project was conducted by...Read More
Women are being forced to accept corruption as a way of life, and at the same time they are becoming victims, agents and in some cases beneficiaries of corruption. A study titled ‘Women’s Experience of Corruption: A Snapshot of Two Unions of Bangladesh’ on 12 March 2015 found. TIB undertook this study with an aim to explore women’s experience of corruption in Bangladesh, which included identifying the nature, dimensions and impact of corruption on women, the socio-economic factors responsible for influencing such corruption experience, and how rural women deals with corruption.
In this pre-dominantly qualitative study conducted in two different unions (one located in the affluent district of Gazipur and the other in the destitute Jamalpur district), the study found that social practices in the rural settings are still conservative, banking on the traditional gender roles, which infringes upon women’s freedom of movement....Read More
With a view to assess the challenges of female journalists in Bangladesh while discharging professional duties and also to find ways to strengthen their capacities as well as role they could play to fight corruption, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized an orientation program on 11 March 2015, for the Dhaka-based female journalists from both print and broadcast media. The program, which was a part of TIB’s ongoing media development initiatives where journalists are trained on investigative reporting, was organized on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. The program was attended by a total of 32 participants who discussed about their predicaments as women despite having established beyond doubt that given the equal opportunity, they could perform better than their male counterparts. The orientation kicked off with two presentations – one on ‘Role of Women Journalist in Anti-Corruption Movement’...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) congratulated the national cricket team of Bangladesh for their unprecedented success yesterday, March 9, 2015, to ensure a place in the quarter finals of the ICC Cricket World Championship being played in Australia and New Zealand.
TIB is particularly happy and proud that the team captain dedicated this victory to the “heroes of our liberation war”, which is a fitting tribute on the eve of 44th anniversary of country’s independence on 26 March.
For TIB this victory is commendable also because in response to TIB’s efforts the same team took the pledge: ‘Say NO to Corruption’ on the eve of the International Anti-corruption Day last year, making themselves the first cricket-playing team to officially denounce corruption in the cricket.
TIB wished the Bangladesh National Cricket Team further success inspired by patriotism and unqualified commitment to honesty, transparency and...Read More
With the theme of ‘Empowered Women, Awakened Conscience, Shall Surely Resist Corruption’, TIB is celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day with various outreach activities. CCC-YES networks are organizing rallies, discussions, orientation, human chain, seminar, women fair, and quiz/essay/debate competitions across 45 locations in the country. General people, public officials and representatives, professionals, civil society, media, and young are attending these events.
A concept note with a set of demands was circulated among all relevant stakeholders. TIB believes, lack of accountability in the power structure increases corruption that prohibit social justice, rule of law and equal rights, which is a pre-requisite for establishing women empowerment.
Therefore, ensuring legal and institutional obligation, awakened conscience for equal
rights of female-male is crucial.As a part of...Read More
This was made possible following a TIB’s study on food governance released last year with a host of recommendation that included forming the safe food authority.
A food safety law titled ‘Safe Food Act 2013’ came into effect on 1 February 2015; A five-member Safe Food Authority (SFA) was also provisioned in the new law. The ‘Bangladesh Safe Food Authority’ was formed on 4 February 2015 and a Chairman was appointed.
TIB believes those initiatives for setting food standards key would make a notable path to ensure good governance in food sector. TIB welcomed and thanked the government as well as the Ministry on 22 February 2015 and offered more technical support to the government.
In the study “Ensuring Safe Food: Governance Challenges and Way Forward”, TIB drew attention of the authority about the absence of exemplary punishment for adulterators, legal loopholes,
TIB believes those...Read More
TIB’s efforts to ensure transparency in the judiciary received a tremendous boost when the new Chief Justice assured the anti-corruption watchdog that he would actively consider its policy brief recommendations of 2011 and 2014 and also make necessary endeavours to implement the same.
After assuming office the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha in a reception meeting on 18 January 2015 reaffirmed his firm commitment to ensure transparency and accountability in the justice sector. Greatly encouraged by this, TIB thanked the Chief Justice and sent two policy briefs on 20 January stemming from its: a) National Integrity System Assessment: Judiciary of 2014 and b) TIB’s recommendations for enhancement of the Judiciary’s excellence of 2011.
On receipt of the two documents, the Registrar of the Appellate Division of the
Bangladesh Supreme Court on 22 January thanked TIB and informed that the Chief...Read More
A new study by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) to analyse the nature and extent of corruption and various irregularities in the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General found unabated corruption in this constitutional body resulting from legal, institutional and organizational limitations. The study highlighted how the constitutionally independent office has become tainted with irregularities for external and internal factors, when its job is to prevent financial anomalies in government offices, statutory bodies and foreign-funded projects. The research was done between March 2013 and December 2014 and is based on interviews of 68 government and semi-government officials, 24 incumbent and former officials of the OCAG and ministries and also two experts.
The report found that though the CAG has got some momentum in its operations in the last 5 years and some positive changes had taken place, institutional and...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) recommends 12 measures for improving good governance in Drug Administration along with a timely policy structure, a unified law, effective implementation of law, increasing human resource and capacity, ensuring punishment through proper process regarding corruption allegation. TIB placed these recommendations in a press launch of a study titled “Governance of the Directorate of Drug Administration: Challenges & Way forward” on 15 January at the Conference Room of TIB. Md. Shahnur Rahman, Programme Manager and Nazmul Huda Mina, Assistant Programme Manager Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings. The study was conducted during March 2014 - January 2015. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director and Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director, TIB were also present.
The report also elaborated on the government’s recent...Read More
To celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day 2014, TIB on 9 December organized two events: a) distribution of prizes to six winners of investigative journalism awards 2014 and a discussion on the current perspective on the Bangladesh's journalism and b) distribution of prizes to cartoonists and opening of the week-long cartoon against corruption exhibition. CCC-YES network also organized rallies, discussions, human chain, cartoon exhibitions, street theaters, anti-corruption oath-taking and various other outreach activities in 45 locations in the country. Tens of thousands of people, public officials and representatives, professionals, civil society, media, business and young students from schools, colleges and universities joined these IACD events.
In the capital, the lively discussion on ‘Contemporary journalism in Bangladesh’ by Mr. Khaled Mohiuddin, Chief of News, Independent Television and Mr....Read More
On the eve of the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, the Bangladesh National Cricket Team today expressed solidarity with a campaign of TI Bangladesh pronouncing ‘Say NO to Corruption’ during the 5th international one-day match against Zimbabwe at Mirpur Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Fourteen Bangladeshi cricketers posed for a photo-session before the start of the match holding up a banner with the slogan ‘Say No to Corruption’, thus demonstrating their public commitment to fight corruption. This step has been taken against the backdrop of allegations of match fixing, illegal betting and leaking of cricket-related information.
Pursuant to TIB’s advocacy, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also put up two permanent display boards with the same message in the stadium grounds to affirm...Read More
The founder of Transparency International (TI) Professor Dr Peter Eigen who is also the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the TI is visiting Bangladesh on a five day visit. Dr Eigen founded TI with likeminded people in 1993 after he got frustrated to see the level of corruption in project financing as a World Bank Director in Kenya. He then thought that something must be done to tackle the situation which was also common in countries like Bangladesh. He is also the initiator of Garments Industries Transparency Initiative (GITI) that was launched in August 2013. GITI sets out as a joint approach of governments, business sector and civil society in both producing and consuming countries. It aims at finding agreement between the involved parties with regard to comprehensive standards on labour conditions.His Bangladesh visit formally started today by visiting TIB office and addressing its officials. He reminded that the...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has called upon the government to propose inclusion of governance and anti-corruption as distinct goals in South Asian Regional Cooperation (SAARC) agenda. This call was made in a press release issued on 17 November 2014.
Earlier on November 5, 2014 in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh TIB urged upon her to take the lead to work together with her peers at the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu during November 22-27 to undertake regional cooperation initiatives to control corruption effectively. Copied to the Foreign Minister, State Minister Foreign Affairs and Foreign Secretary the letter, signed by Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of TIB, called upon the Bangladesh delegation to the summit to specifically:
1. Recognize corruption as a challenge of highest...Read More
After successfully completing its Paribartan-Driving Change Project (PDC) which began in April 2009, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today, 1 October 2014, embarks on a new five-year strategic phase labeled as Building Integrity Blocks for Effective Change (BIBEC). A consortium of development partners, consisting of UKAID (DFID), SIDA, SDC and DANIDA which financed the PDC project have come together again with a combined commitment of US 29.6 million to support BIBEC objectives.
PDC’s learning clearly indicates that the “hardware” for anti-corruption infrastructure does exist in Bangladesh with necessary laws, policies and institutions in place. However, the “software” or practices and/or enforcement for practical changes are continuously failing the citizens’ expectations for good governed and a just...Read More
Since 1996, TIB has achieved significant successes in terms of influencing the Government to undertake various anti-corruption reforms in the country. Below we highlight some examples of successful evidence-based research and advocacy initiatives.
1. TIB has played the lead catalyst role in the enactment of the Anti-Corruption Act , 2004 and setting up of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Since 2009, it has been relentlessly campaigning for effective implementation of the Act and ensuring the independence of the ACC. Along with ACC, TIB has implemented a country wide anti-corruption campaign ‘Jago Manush – Wake up people’ in 2007-08.
2. TIB’s study on the Election Commission in 2006 had proposed 29 recommendations of which 19 have been implemented.
3. TIB has successfully advocated for the inclusion of anti-corruption texts in the curriculum of secondary and higher secondary students in...Read More
TIB celebrated International Right to Know Day with great enthusiasm on 28 September 2014. Nationally, the organisation joined hands with the Information Commission and Right to Information Forum. In the capital, rally, discussion meeting, information fair, campaign were organised to aware the people on their rights to get information at ease. All 45 CCCs, its YES, YES Friends and Swajan members joined hands with the local administration to celebrate the day at local level. Rallies, information fairs, discussion meetings, anti-corruption cultural programmes, RTI campaigns were organised to encourage proactive disclosure of information and aware people. Minister; bureaucrats; local government representatives; CCC, YES and Swajan members; common citizens, students attended these programmes.
In the capital the celebration began with colorful rally...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) since 2011 has been demanding release of “new” and “additional” Climate Funds by Annex-1 countries. The organisation in different fora also demanded integrity, transparency and accountability in fund disbursement by developed countries and its utilisation by the government. TIB is a strong advocate for effective participation of affected people in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of climate change finance programmes and projects for ensuring better governance in this sector. To this end, on 23 September 2014 on the eve of UN Climate Summit 2014 TIB and Action Aid Bangladesh (AAB) jointly called upon the United Nations and relevant Member States to ensure transparency, accountability and integrity in climate finance governance both at national and international levels. This call was made from...Read More
When TI-Bangladesh initiated a study three years ago on Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), the country’s lead agency for developing the rural infrastructure, the concerned authorities were reluctant to cooperate. This soon changed as a result of persistent efforts by TIB’s dedicated researchers following which LGED officials provided full cooperation by way of information sharing, organizing meetings to acquaint the researchers with the agency’s operation and procurement process including monitoring and control mechanisms. It also provided feedback and inputs into the draft report. Finally, the findings of TIB’s study titled ‘Local Government Engineering Department: Problems of Good Governance and the Way Forward’ was presented before senior LGED officials, local government experts and academics during a roundtable on...Read More
In a bid to free all Custom House free from middlemen and ensure its efficiency, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) issued office order and chalked out a detail plan to be implemented with the support from law enforcing agencies. These illegally appointed middlemen, popularly known as ‘Badi Alam’ has long been working as helper of custom officials at different Custom Houses for long time. The principal task of Badi Alams is to negotiate with clients about custom duty in export –import. Their illegal involvement created opportunity for bribery and corruption in export-import value chain and ultimately deprived the government a huge revenue earning.
The NBR move was a result of TIB study titled ‘Automation of Export-Import in Chittagong Port and Custom House: Governance Challenges and Way Forward’ that was released on 14 July...Read More
For Youth Engagement and Support (YES) members of TIB, it was a double surprise: first, to see three Executive Directors of three different TI Chapters visiting them to learn from Bangladesh’s anti-corruption social movement and second, the team visiting those young activists in the field is also known as YES: (Youth, Engagement/Empowerment and Scale [of impacts]). When both these YES leaders interacted during the last week of August in Cox’s Bazar, Potiya, Chittagomg and Sylhet, one strong theme emerged: YES volunteers are in fact building Bangladesh through their anti-corruption social movement.
Executive Directors from TI chapters in Germany, Georgia, and Rwanda and an external facilitator from the UK visited TI Bangladesh on a 10 day mission from 21-31 August 2014 to gain a 360 degree perspective on all the issues and...Read More
The government should form a fully independent National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) entrusted with the task of drafting the National Broadcasting Policy (NBP) in consultation with stakeholders. TIB made this demand at a press conference to spell out its stance over the newly adopted ‘National Broadcasting Policy 2014’ on 14 August 2014 at a hotel in Dhaka. TIB also demanded to enact law to facilitate the formation of NBC. The anti-corruption watchdog believes that the NBP contains a few articles which go against Chapter 39 of the Bangladesh Constitution that ensures freedom of thoughts and conscience. Dr S M Rezwan-ul- Alam, Director, Outreach and Communication presented TIB’s position on NBP. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr Sumaiya Khair,...Read More
On the eve of UN declared International Youth Day (IYD) on 12 August, the Dhaka Yes Engagement and Support (YES) group with support from Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organised a human chain at the TSC of Dhaka University. Students, youths, teachers, TIB officials, students from different educational institutions and representatives from like minded organisations participated in the human chain. This year’s theme was “Invincible Youth Shall Surely Resist Corruption” that appealed to all youths to join the social movement against corruption and injustice.
Professor Dr Nasreen Ahmad, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) of University of Dhaka joined the human chain as the Chief Guest while Dr Sumaiya khair, Deputy Executive Director and Dr Rezwan-ul- Alam, Director of TIB were also present.
Dr Sumaiya Khair said,...Read More
TIB tabled 9 recommendations including full implementation of automation in export-import and duty assessment process at Chittagong Port and Custom House. These recommendations were tabled at the press launch of the study titled ‘Automation of Export-Import in Chittagong Port and Custom House: Governances Challenges and Way Forward’ on 14 July 2014 at a Hotel in Dhaka. Manzoor-E-Khoda and Juliet Rossette, Programme Managers, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings of the study that analysed data collected during January – May 2014 period on Chittagong Port and Custom House. M Hafizuddin Khan, Member, Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director and Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director, TIB were also present at the study release.
According to the report, partial...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) suggested forming a high powered commission to ensure governance in climate finance in Bangladesh. It also urged the developed countries to disburse the committed funds to tackle adverse impacts of climate change. These recommendations were tabled at the consultation meeting titled “Climate Finance Governance: Institutional and Practical Advancement, Challenges and Potential” on July 9 at the BRAC Centre Inn
Coordinator of TIB’s Climate Finance Governance Project (CFGP) M Zakir Hossain Khan presented a working paper at the consultation. Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju, MP attended the programme as the Chief Guest while Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed was present as the Special Guest. Chaired by TIB Trustee Board Chairperson...Read More
Though the 10th parliament witnessed a decreasing trend in the 10th Parliament, "Quorum crisis" is still a concern. The estimated cost of quorum crisis during the first session was BDT 8.1 million public money. Only 1.8 percent of total session was spent on formulation of laws - the key role of the parliament. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) revealed these in its ‘Parliament Watch’ report that was released before the media on July 7 at Brac Center Inn in Dhaka. The study also made 18 recommendations including opposition’s visible role in making the parliament more effective.
Juliet Rosette, Programme Manger and Morsheda Akther, Deputy Programme Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented findings of the study. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr...Read More
Though private universities in Bangladesh started its journey in Bangladesh as non-profit organizations with high hopes of further expansion of higher education, numerous irregularities by university authority including board of trustees, university administration, teachers and students blended with inadequate monitoring and corrupt practices by government agencies like the education ministry and University Grants Commission (UGC) have turned private universities into profit earning institutions backed by mutually agreed corrupt practices. These were revealed in a TIB study titled 'Private Universities: Governance Challenges and Ways Forward' released before the media on June 30 at the BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium in Dhaka.
Research & Policy Division’s Director Mohammad Rafique Hasan and Deputy Programme Manager Neena...Read More
Members of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) urged for strong political will, establishment of rule of law and effective role of Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) for building the country in line with the spirit of Liberation War, making the parliament more effective and bringing stability in politics. There were urged at the Annual Members Meeting held on 21 June at Hotel Abakash in Dhaka. Member of the TIB Trustee Board Dr A T M Shamsul Huda spoke on the occasion as the Chief Guest and Dr M Nuruddin, Member of the Advisory Committee to the Board chaired the meeting. TIB’s Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzzaman moderated the programme.
The annual meeting also demanded devising an action plan for successful implementation of the National Integrity Strategy (NIS). Members suggested enhancing the power, resources and skills...Read More
Afroza Yeasmin Chandni wanted to be an elected and ideal parliamentarian while Azizur Rahman Khan Bulbul wanted to be the Chief Justice Bangladesh. Both expressed their strong desire to bring positive changes in their respective fields. Both Afroza and Aziz were among 176 Youth Engagement and Support (YES) participants at the Conference on “Youth Leaders in Innovative Anti-corruption Movement” that was held from 5-8 June in Koitta, Manikganj. YES leaders and deputy leaders from 45 Committee of Concerned Citizens (CCC) regions and 14 YES Dhaka based YES groups attended the four day conference to speak about their dreams to fight corruption and turn Bangladesh into a well governed country. They discussed on local government, land, education, health, climate finance, networking and partnership and right to information using "Open Space...Read More
TIB urged the government to address the limitations of the National Integrity Strategy (NIS) to turn it into a fully implementable document. It also urged allocation of funds, provision of regular reporting and bringing ethics committee under the jurisdiction of the administrative mechanism. The call came during a press launch of a TIB study titled “National Integrity Strategy: Implementation and Progress” on 29th May at Hotel Abakash in Dhaka. Sadhon Kumar Das and Shammi Laila Islam, Programme Managers, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings. Mr M Hafizuzddin Khan, Member, Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director and Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director, TIB were also present.
The study collected data from January – May 2014 and it revealed several significant steps by the government including formation...Read More
It was a wonderful experience for Gazi Sadek – a university correspondent of Daily Jugantar. Sadek used to send reports regularly to his Dhaka office but never received any feedback on quality of his reporting. “I got a lot of tips on how to maintain standard investigative journalism and reduce legal challenges.”he said. Not only Sadek, similar is the case with all the journalists of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) as they, for the first time learnt about different aspects of investigative journalism.
Though most of them are working in several national and local media, they never received any formal training on journalism from media houses or any other organizations. A total of 35 journalists participated the two day long IJ training held from 23 - 24 May organised by TIB at the...Read More
Speakers at a TIB organised roundtable echoed with the recommendations of curbing influence of MPs over local government institutions (LGIs). They also urged for ensuring balance of power among public representatives and administration for its smooth functioning. These were among 18 other recommendations of a TIB conducted study that was presented at the round-table. It made an in-depth analysis of existing laws on LGIs; state of human resources; budget allocation; monitoring, evaluation of activities and audit of accounts; procurement process; use of logistics; role of parliamentary standing committees; planning and implementation of development projects; state of disclosure of information etc.
The round-table titled “Local Government Sector: Governance Challenges and the Way Forward” was held on 25th May 2014 at the BRAC...Read More
A weak National Integrity System (NIS) bedeviled by wide gap of practice and implementation compared to legal provisions and institutional capacity is undermining the prospect of governance and nourishing corruption, reveals a study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) released today. The study conducted on 15 NIS institutions between August 2012 – September 2013, shows that despite having relatively strong legal framework, resources and institutional framework their implementation and practice are largely inadequate and a culture of non-compliance generally prevails resulting in a lower than possible level of transparent and accountable governance in the country.
The report titled ‘National Integrity System Assessment: Bangladesh’ was released today at the BRAC Center in Dhaka. Similar studies were also done on Maldives, Nepal,...Read More
Even after 6 years of transformation from the Bangladesh Telephone and Telegraph Board (BTTB) to Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL), the company never became a profitable and service oriented organisation. Released before the media on 30 April 2014 at a press briefing, a TIB conducted study titled “Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited: Governance Challenges and Way Forward” recommended to turn BTCL into a complete public limited company within next 6 months to make it a profitable one and save its existence. Dipu Roy, Programme Manager, Research and Policy presented the findings of the study. M Hafizuddin Khan, Member, Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director and Mohammad Rafiqul Hassan, Director, Research and Policy were also present during the...Read More
Key stakeholders including the government, various government agencies, the BGMEA, factory owners and buyers have made significant progress to cope with the multi-dimensional challenges of governance and corruption in the garments sector of Bangladesh that were responsible for exposing the sector to unprecedented vulnerabilities in the wake of the Rana Plaza tragedy of April 24, 2013. This was reported today at a press conference held to launch a follow-up study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
The study also highlighted the importance of sustaining the progress in a more strategic way for which TIB proposed that a Garments Sector Governance Authority be set up to coordinate governance initiatives of multiplicity of actors and to ensure their transparent and accountable delivery against commitments. TIB called for responsible and ethical practice of all...Read More
A TIB conducted study titled “Management of Cooperatives: Governance Challenges and Way Forward” stressed for updated rules for effective functioning of cooperatives and bring operational accountability. Mohammad Hossain and Nihar Ranjan Roy, Deputy Programme Managers, TIB presented the findings of the study at the press launched held on 15 April 2014 at the Hotel Abakash in Dhaka. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director and Mohammad Rafiqul Hassan, Director, Research and Policy were also present during the release.
The study collected analysed information on 37 cooperatives operating in 6 divisions, 8 districts and 11 upazillas using four indicators – types of cooperative, level, monitoring institutions and geographical...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) recommended reforming the Zila Parishads by elected representatives; reduce influence of Member of the Parliament (MP) and fitting distribution of responsibilities between Deputy Commissioners and Zila Parishad Chairman. These recommendations were tabled at the press launch of a TIB conducted study titled “Zila Parishad in the Local Government System: Challenges of Governance and things need to be done” on 9 April 2014 at the Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management (BIAM) Foundation auditorium. Nahid Sharmin, Deputy Programme Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings of the study. M Hafizuddin Khan, Member, Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director; Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan, Director, Research and Policy...Read More
Immediate gazette notification of Safe Food Act 2013 was stressed for its effective implementation at the press launch of the study report titled “Ensuring Safe Food: challenges of governance and way forward”. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) conducted the study and it was released before the media on 20th March 2014 at the Hotel Abakash in Dhaka. The report also said that absence of exemplary punishment for adulterators, legal bindings, coordination gap among authorities, city centered monitoring and inadequate manpower are the hindrances of governance in food sector of Bangladesh. Md Shahnur Rahman, Programme Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings of the study. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, Board of Trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director and Mohammad Rafiqul...Read More
The ninth parliament during its tenure of five years from January 2009 to November 2013 witnessed record high boycott of parliamentary sessions (342 out of 418 working days, almost 82%) by the main opposition. Plus rampant quorum crisis wasted more than 222 hour; the estimated of cost of which is more than Tk 104 crore. These were revealed at the press launch of “Parliament Watch on Ninth Parliament” – a regular study conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) over the years to assess the governance situation of the national parliament. To overcome this noxious practice, TIB recommended for enacting law banning parliament boycott. Juliet Rosettee, Programme Manager and Morsheda Akter, Deputy Programme Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings of the study at the press launch on 18 March at...Read More
Jannatul Rafeya, Mehedi Hasan of Dhaka University and Shakil Ahmed of Jagannath University were adjudged as the best debater, first runner up and second runner respectively among 150 young debaters from 17 institutions who debated for two days from 15-16 March on different issues focusing on anti-corruption and equality for women.
Education Minister Mr Nurul Islam Nahid, MP Gave away the prizes and certificates on 16 March- the closing day of the competition. TIB’s secretary general and noted writer Selina Hossain attended the event as the Special Guest. Earlier the event was inaugurated by the State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Ms Meher Afroz Chumki, MP. Member of TIB board of trustees Rokia Afzal Rahman was present as the Special Guest. Executive Director of TIB Dr Iftekharuzzaman presided over both the sessions.
The debate was organised by TIB with this theme “Good Governance and Effective Control of Corruption for...Read More
The power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and social media in bringing positive changes in the society is proven globally. Yet, with its spread online harassment, particularly against females has been a recent phenomenon in the world and Bangladesh is no exception. This is not because of the spread or strong presence of ICT, rather a tendency among a section of users to abuse ICT and social media. In this context, Dhaka Youth Engagement and Support (YES) and Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN) organised an open seminar titled “Combating Online Harassment of Women through Information and Communication Technology” on 29 January 2014 at the R C Majumder Art Auditorium of Dhaka University. Around 100 female YES members learned ICT application techniques to fight and raise mass awareness against online harassment. They also learned how to maintain privacy and online security while using social networks and communicate...Read More
TI-Bangladesh today observed the International Anti-Corruption Day with a host of activities both at local and national level. YES volunteers in 45 locations of the country joined in human chains, rallies, signature campaigns and various awareness-raising activities demanding scrapping of the newly amended ACC Act.
All six mobile operators carried a public sms of TIB that said: Durniti Daridro O Obichar Barray, Durniti Protirodhe Shochchar Hoi Ekshathe, Ekhoni-Antorjatik Durniti Birodhi Dibosh It may be mentioned here that TIB's sms was carried as Govt. Info which is a significant achievement of TIB's advocacy efforts.In the capital, four journalists received awards for their quality investigative reports. The winners are: in print media national category: Julfikar Ali Manik of daily the Dhaka Tribune for his report 'Devil's Design, published in the Daily Star on 14 October 2012; in print media local category H.M.Alauddin of Khulna's Daink...Read More
Corruption remains a serious global problem according to this CPI. 123 countries out of 177 (more than two-thirds) scored below 50 in the index where 108 countries scored equal or less than average of 43. No country has scored 100 which and it draws the conclusion that no country is corruption free.
Bangladesh has scored 27 points in a scale of 0-100, and has been ranked 136th from the top and 16th from bottom among 177 countries in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI 2013). This is 1 point higher than last year’s 26, but same as that of 2011. If counted from bottom the raking is 3 steps higher than that of 2011 and 2012 when Bangladesh was ranked 136th among 177 countries. From the top, this year’s ranking is 8 steps higher compared to 144th among 176 countries in 2012. However, both in rank and score among 7 South Asian countries Bangladesh’s position remains 2nd lowest - lower than all except Afghanistan (score 8, globally at the...Read More
TIB and Reporters Against Corruption (RAC) in a joint statement on 21 November expressed their despondency and condemned President’s consent to Anti Corruption Commission (Amendment) Bill-2013 that makes mandatory provision of seeking government’s approval to file corruption cases against the judges, magistrates and civil servants. The President on 19 November mid-night signed this much debated bill. Legal and constitutional experts, conscious citizens, media and civil society have long been demanding to scrap this provision.
TIB has long been advocating for an independent, impartial institution and effective ACC. Immediate after passing the bill at the National Parliament, TIB in a press statement on 11 November condemned this ill motivated move of the government. TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman termed this move as matter of great disappointment, suicidal and hypocritical. Later on 19 November, TIB forwarded a petition to the...Read More
Sony Ramany has been awarded the first prize in the international youth photo competition organized by Transparency International (TI) to mark the 20th anniversary of the global coalition against corruption.
Sumon Yusuf, has been awarded the 3rd prize in the international youth photo competition organized by Transparency International (TI) to mark the 20th anniversary of the global coalition against corruption.
Ahad has been awarded the Special Mention prize in the international youth photo competition organized by Transparency International (TI) to mark the 20th anniversary of the global coalition against corruption.
Despite significant successes, National service Programme (NSP) targeted to create employment of the unemployed youth suffered a number of shortcomings including limitations in planning and implementation, political influence and incidences of corruption. TIB identified these shortcomings and recommended a number of policy measures to overcome these at the release of a study titled “National Service Programme: Governance Problems and the Way Forward” on 2nd November 2013 at the BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium. Ms Neena Shamsun Nahar, Deputy Programme Manager, Research and Policy (R&P), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) presented the findings of the study that analysed the NSP implemented in 11 sub-districts. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, Board of trustees; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director; Mr Rafiqul Hassan, Director of R&P, TIB were also present during the...Read More
TIB at a press conference tabled 25 recommendations to overcome various limitations and challenges and establish governance in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh. The governance challenges include irregularities in carrying out respective responsibilities by buyers, owners and public watchdogs; corrupt practices by different parties; and lack of transparency, accountability and responsiveness toward the industry stakeholders etc. These mal-practices have institutionalised corruption in the RMG and as a result tragedies like Rana PLaza and Tazreen Fashions are taking place on regular basis.
The press conference was held on 31 October 2013 to release a TIB study titled “Ready Made Garments Sector: Governance Challenges and Way Forward” at the National Press Club in Dhaka. Sharif Ahmed Chowdhury, Deputy Programme Manager and Nazmul Huda Mina, Assistant Programme Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings of the...Read More
Participants during the release of a TIB study titled “Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH): Progress of Governance, Challenges and the Way Forward” on 7th October stressed for qualitative changes in overall management of DMCH including human resource and infrastructural development to improve the quality of health services.
Prof Dr Khondoker Md Shefyetullah, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services attended as the Chief Guest, while Brigadier General Mostafizur Rahman, Director, DMCH attended as Special Guest. Among others Dr Samanta Lal Sen, National Chief Coordinator, Burn Unit, DMCH; and Dr Rashid-e-Mahbub, Chairman of the National Committee of Health Rights Movement (NCHRM) attended. Ms. Taslima Akter, Programme Manager, Research and Policy presented the findings of the study and Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of TIB moderated the event, held at the BIAM Foundation Auditorium.
Professor Dr Shefyetullah...Read More
TIB urged the government and concerned authorities to immediately address governance challenges in climate finance to reduce risks of corruption at different stages of project formulation, selection and implementation and fund disbursement. TIB urged this at the press launch of a study titled “Climate Finance in Bangladesh: Governance Challenges and Way Forward” on 3rd October 2013 at the CIRDAP auditorium. This report was prepared based on the findings generated through monitoring of fund flow, tracking of projects one from Bangladesh Climate change Trust Fund (BCCTF) and another from Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF). It also identified governance challenges in the approvals and relation of projects submitted by NGOs and think tanks by the Board of the BCCTF and assessing quality of implementation of three selected projects under BCCTF funding. The study revealed a number of irregularities, nepotism and...Read More
TI’s Global Corruption Report (GCR) on Education called upon the governments, international agencies, businesspersons and civil societies across the world to acknowledge education as an effective tool to fight corruption. The call was made during the release of TI’s Global Corruption Report (GCR) on Education on 1st October 2013. In Dhaka, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) also organised a press conference to release the report on the same day. The national release urged upon the government and concerned stakeholders to ensure people’s participation and introduce Integrity Pledge (IP) in primary education.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, TIB presented findings of the GCR focusing Bangladesh. Dr Syed Manzoorul Islam, Member, TIB Board of Trustees; Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director and Mr Mohammad Hossain, Deputy Programme Manager (Research & Policy), TIB were also present.
According to GCR, while global...Read More
International Right to Know (RTK) day was celebrated across the country on 28 September - Committee of Concerned Citizen (CCC), Youth Engagement and Support (YES), Swajan and YES Friends in 34 regions joined hands with the district administration to observe this day. This year’s celebration emphasised on strategies ways to increase both demand and supply of information i.e. raise awareness of people and service providers on RTI, encourage pro-active disclosure of information by both public and private sector. Information fairs, cartoon exhibitions, orientation on RTI application, face the public, rallies, seminars, essay/art/quiz competitions, satellite AI desks and cultural programmes were organised to this end. Apart from these events a number of innovative campaigns like info truck, anti-corruption signature collection were organised to popularise the RTK day.
The day was celebrated nationally from 28-30 September. RTI forum, a...Read More
TIB identified a number of challenges for the Election Commission (EC) – the apex state institution responsible for organizing a fair and impartial Jatio Sangsad (JS) poll. These challenges include; influence of the parliamentarians in case JS exists, controversial reshuffle and promotions, assigning deputy commissioners as returning officers, law and order management during election, influence of black money and muscle power etc. TIB earlier conducted a study titled “Effective Election Commission: progresses, challenges and way forward” which was released to the media at a press briefing on 29th September at the BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium.
Mr Shahazada Md Akram, Senior Programme Manager (Research and Policy) of TIB presented the findings of the study. Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director; Dr Sumaiya Khair, Deputy Executive Director; Mr Mohammad Rafiqul Hassan, Director (Research & Policy) were also present. The study noted that...Read More
International Right to Know (RTK) day was celebrated across the country on 28 September - Committee of Concerned Citizen (CCC), Youth Engagement and Support (YES), Swajan and YES Friends in 34 regions joined hands with the district administration to observe this day. This year’s celebration emphasised on strategising ways to increase both demand and supply of information that is raise awareness of people and service providers on RTI, encourage pro-active disclosure of information by both public and private sector. Information fairs, cartoon exhibitions, orientation on RTI application, face the public, rallies, seminars, essay/art/quiz competitions, satellite AI desks and cultural programmes were organised to this end. Apart from these events a number of innovative campaigns like info truck, anti-corruption signature collection were organised to popularise the RTK day.
The day was celebrated nationally from 28-30 September. RTI forum, a...Read More
Two-thirds of parliament and legislatures fail to exercise sufficient control over their Ministry of Defence and the armed forces, according to a new report by Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme (TI-DSP). Amongst those, 70 % of the largest arms importers in 2012 leave the door open to corruption. TI-UK released the report globally on September 17.
The study—a spin-off from the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2013 (GI) analysed what 82 countries do to reduce corruption risks in the sector— places countries in corruption risk bands according to detailed assessments across seven areas in which parliaments play a vital anti-corruption role. It also shows, through detailed case studies, how parliaments and legislatures can improve oversight of defence.
According to the report Bangladesh was among 21 countries placed at the bottom of the banding exhibiting very high risk of corruption. China, Malaysia,...Read More
Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Afsarul Ameen, MP emphasised on collective efforts to tackle governance challenges at primary education. He made this appeal as the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of a consultation meeting on ‘Challenges of Governance at Primary Education and the Way Forward’ organised by the TIB on 4 September at BIAM auditorium, Dhaka. Ms Dipu Roy, Programe Manager, Research and Policy, TIB presented the findings of a a study at the consultation. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, TIB Board of Trustees presided over the event.
Talking about resource limitations of his ministry, the minister said that only 0.91 % of GDP was allocated for primary education. Vacant positions of teachers, discriminatory salary structure of teachers were among other major limitations. He added that despite these limitations, his ministry and the government were working hard to improve the overall quality of primary education by...Read More
TIB and Shushasoner Jonno Nagorik (SUJON) jointly organised a roundtable discussion on ‘Need for Code of Conduct Act for Member of the Parliament (MP)’ on 31st August at the National Press Club. Speakers at the roundtable urged the government to enact a Code of Conduct Act for MPs in the upcoming parliament session to make them more accountable.
Secretary of SUJON Dr Badiul Alam Majumder presented the keynote paper while TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman moderated the session. Advocate Shahiduzzaman Sarker,MP; former minister Sardar Amzad Hossain, adviser to the former caretaker government Mr C M Shafi Sami, and former Justice Kazi Ebadul Haque addressed among others. Former Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda chaired the session.
The keynote speaker said, “Parliament is the cornerstone of democracy. The character and quality of parliament is determined by the characteristics, qualities and behavior of the elected...Read More
‘Invincible Youth Shall Surely Resist Corruption’ with this slogan TIB organised the Dhaka YES conference from August 21-22 at Nobab Nowab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, Dhaka University (DU).
The objective of the conference was to orient YES members on innovative anticorruption tools and techniques. The two day conference threw light on five broad areas i.e. 1. Youth, Integrity & Leadership; 2. Social Movement & Innovations; 3. Media, ICT and Anti-Corruption Movement; 4. Women, Integrity and Society; 5. Democracy, Governance & Youth.
Professor Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor, DU inaugurated the conference as the Chief Guest, while Mr. Mahfuz Anam, Editor, the Daily Star was present as the key speaker. Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, TIB moderated the session. Mr Robaet Ferdous, Associate Professor, Department of of Mass Communication and Journalism, DU; Mr Anisul Hoque, Deputy Editor, The Daily Prothom Alo;...Read More
Speakers at the roundtable on “Local Government Engineering Department: Problems of Governance and Way Forward” stressed on promoting governance, reducing corruption and political interference in LGED for infrastructural development at rural level. TIB organised the roundtable on 21st July at the CIRDAP Auditorium. Chaired by Mr M Hafizuddin Khan, Member, TIB board of Trustees, the roundtable was attended by Dr Tofail Ahmed, Local Government Expert and Dr Salahuddin M Aminuzzaman, Professor, Department of Public Administration, Dhaka University as Discussants. Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, TIB moderated the session. Mr Shahzada M Akram, Senior Programme Manager and Nahid Sharmin, Deputy Programme Manager, Research & Policy, TIB jointly presented findings of a study conducted by TIB on LGED.
The Study revealed that despite many positive initiatives and subsequent achievements, LGED, is unable to perform at expected level. It...Read More
According to Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) of Transparency International (TI), 93% of the respondents believed that political parties and police were most corrupted public service institutions while 89% indicated judiciary as the most corrupt.
As part of global release, GCB was also released in Bangladesh by TIB through a press conference on 9th July 2013. 60% Bangladeshi respondents believed that prevalence of corruption had increased in 2011-12, the GCB revealed. Interestingly personal experiences of the respondents indicated that in 2012 bribery had decreased to some extent in eight public sectors i.e. police, judiciary, land, license & permit, health & medication, education, utilities and tax compared to 2010. Berlin based TI carried out the study on perceptions and experiences of 1 lakh 14 thousand 270 people of 107 countries. It includes perceptions and experiences of 1822 selected respondents from Bangladesh during the...Read More
Speakers at a consultation on “The Challenge of Governance in Healthcare and Ways to Overcome” stressed on joint efforts among healthcare stakeholders and harmony among national and local level efforts. TIB organized the consultation on 3rd July at the BIAM Foundation auditorium with Dr A F M Ruhul Haque, MP, Minister for Health as the Chief Guest; Professor Dr Khandaker Mohammad Shefatullah, Director General of Health Services as the Special Guest; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, TIB as the Moderator and Professor Syed Monzurul Islam, Member, TIB Board of Trustees as the Chair. Ms Taslima Akter, Programme Manager, Research & Polihcy, TIB presented a paper prepared under TIB’s flagship initiative known as Citizen’s Report Card (CRC). The paper was prepared through local level consultation with healthcare stakeholders and it threw light on challenges to local level healthcare governance and recommended ways to improve....Read More
টিআইবি ও শেরেবাংলা কৃষি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের যৌথ উদ্যোগে এবং শেরেবাংলা কৃষি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় ডিবেটিং সোসাইটি-এর সহযোগিতায় দুর্নীতি ও সুশাসন বিষয়ক ‘টিআইবি ৪র্থ শেরেবাংলা কাপ বিতর্ক প্রতিযোগিতা ২০১৩’ এর সমাপনী অনুষ্ঠানে বিজয়ীদের মাঝে আনুষ্ঠানিকভাবে পুরস্কার বিতরণ করেন মাননীয় খাদ্যমন্ত্রী ড. মো: আব্দুর রাজ্জাক, এমপি। তিন দিনব্যাপী দুর্জয় তারুণ্য দুর্নীতি রুখবেই এই প্রতিপাদ্যে অনুষ্ঠিত সারাদেশের উচ্চ মাধ্যমিক থেকে স্নাতকোত্তর পর্যায়ের ৫০টি শিক্ষা প্রতিষ্ঠানের ২৫০ জন বিতার্কিকের অংশগ্রহণে অনুষ্ঠিত প্রতিযোগিতা শেষে বিজয়ীদের মধ্যে এ পুরস্কার প্রদান করা হয় ।
ছায়া সংসদীয় পদ্ধতির এই প্রতিযোগিতায় ব্যক্তিগতভাবে প্রথম স্থান অর্জন করেন কৌশিক সুর, ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, দ্বিতীয় স্থান অর্জন করেন নওরীন মোস্তফা তুলি, শেরে বাংলা কৃষি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এবং তৃতীয় স্থান অর্জন করেন সাইয়িদ তাইয়াব, জাহাঙ্গীরনগর বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়।
প্রতিযোগিতার আনুষ্ঠানিক উদ্বোধনী পর্বে প্রধান অতিথি হিসেবে উপস্থিত ছিলেন মাননীয় শিক্ষামন্ত্রী জনাব নুরুল ইসলাম নাহিদ এমপি, বিশেষ...Read More
To observe the Global Earth Day 2013 a human chain was jointly formed at National Press Club on 22 April 2013 by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA), Bangladesh Water Integrity Network (BAWIN), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN) and Green Voice and raised ten points demands to ensure transparency and accountability in policy and practices to Save the largest mangrove forest Sundarban, ecology and climate change adaptation and climate finance mechanisms.
Dr. Abdul Matin, General Secretary of BAPA and M Zakir Hossain Khan, Project Coordinator of CFGP addressed the program.Read More
মহান স্বাধীনতা দিবস, ৮ মার্চ আন্তর্জাতিক নারী দিবস এবং ২৭ মার্চ বিশ্ব নাট্য দিবস উপলক্ষে ট্রান্সপারেন্সি ইন্টারন্যাশনাল বাংলাদেশ (টিআইবি) ধানমন্ডির রবীন্দ্র সরোবর মুক্তমঞ্চে আয়োজন করেছে সাংস্কৃতিক অনুষ্ঠান ও নাট্য প্রদর্শনীর। ‘প্রিয় স্বদেশ, প্রিয় সংস্কৃতি-আমার সত্ত্বা, আমার স্বচ্ছতা’ এই প্রতিপাদ্যে দু’দিনব্যাপী এই আয়োজনের উদ্বোধনী দিনে বিশিষ্ট কথাসাহিত্যিক ও টিআইবি ট্রাস্টি বোর্ডের সেক্রেটারি জেনারেল সেলিনা হোসেন মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনায় উজ্জীবিত হয়ে দেশ গঠনে সকলকে এগিয়ে আসার আহ্বান জানান।
প্রথম দিন টিআইবি’র ঢাকা ইয়েস নাট্য দল তাদের নিজস্ব প্রযোজনা ‘তথ্যই পথ্য’ পরিবেশনার মাধ্যমে সাংস্কৃতিক অনুষ্ঠান শুরু করে। এছাড়া অনুষ্ঠানে সংগীত পরিবেশন করেন স্বাধীন বাংলা বেতার কেন্দ্রের শিল্পী তিমির নন্দী, শাহিন সামাদ, ডালিয়া নওশীন, বিপুল ভট্টাচার্য, রথীন্দ্র নাথ রায়, গণসংগীত শিল্পী মো. সিদ্দিক মোল্লা এবং লোকসংগীত শিল্পী কিরণ চন্দ্র রায় প্রমুখ। শুভেচ্ছা বক্তব্যে টিআইবি’র নির্বাহী পরিচালক ড....Read More
একুশের চেতনায় উজ্জীবিত একটি দুর্র্নীতিমুক্ত সমাজ বিনির্মাণের সংকল্পে টিআইবি আয়োজন করে ‘দুর্নীতির বিরুদ্ধে কবিতা’ শীর্ষক আবৃত্তি অনুষ্ঠানের। কবিতায় প্রতিধ্বনিত হোক সুশাসনের অঙ্গীকার শ্লোগান নিয়ে বিকেল ৫টায় ধানমন্ডির রবীন্দ্র সরোবর মুক্তমঞ্চে আয়োজিত আবৃত্তি অনুষ্ঠানে বক্তারা কবিতাকে দুর্নীতি প্রতিরোধ ও সুশাসন প্রতিষ্ঠার শক্তিশালী হাতিয়ার হিসেবে উল্লেখ করেন।
জাতীয় সঙ্গীত পরিবেশনার মাধ্যমে উদ্বোধিত এ আবৃত্তি অনুষ্ঠানে অতিথি হিসেবে উপস্থিত ছিলেন কবি কাজী রোজী এবং আবৃত্তিশিল্পী ভাস্বর বন্দোপাধ্যায়সহ দেশের বরেণ্য কবি, সাহিত্যিক এবং আবৃত্তিকার। অনুষ্ঠানে শুভেচ্ছা বক্তব্য রাখেন টিআইবি’র নির্বাহী পরিচালক ড. ইফতেখারুজ্জামান।
অনুষ্ঠানে টিআইবি’র ইয়েস সদস্যদের আবৃত্তি পরিবেশনাসহ আরও আবৃত্তি করেন বিশিষ্ট আবৃত্তিশিল্পী শিমুল মুস্তাফা, মাহিদুল ইসলাম এবং রবিশংকর মৈত্রী। হরবোলা ও বাক্-শিল্পাঙ্গন পরিবেশন করে বৃন্দ প্রযোজনা এবং মাহিদুল ইসলাম এর গ্রন্থনা ও নির্দেশনায় পরিবেশিত হয় আবৃত্তি পরিবেশনা “বাংলা নামে...Read More
Bangladesh is placed in Band D. Bangladesh’s defence and security sector scores poorly on political corruption risk. There is a lack of any formal defence policy to date. The currentgovernment initiated the process of developing a defence policy in 2009, but this has yet to be finalised. Active public debate on issues of defence is evidenced to be irregular and limited. Thedetailed breakdown of the defence budget is not publicly available and no formal acquisition planning exists. However, since 2007, Bangladesh has been a signatory to UNCAC and an ActionPlan for Compliance, containing guidance on anti‐corruption reforms, was adopted in November 2009.
Regarding financial corruption risk, information on secret items relating to national security is not disclosed to the legislature, nor is there evidence that audit reports of the annual accountsof the security sector are subject to debate. The Bangladeshi military has significant business...Read More
The role of the Parliament is extremely important in the present day democracies. The key tasks performed by the Parliament are enacting laws, monitoring the executive, ensuring the accountability of the government through committee hearings, and discussing issues important for the state and taking decisions in this regard. According to the Constitution of Bangladesh, all power vests with the people. The people enjoy their constitutional rights in law-making through their representatives, and such representation is done through the Members of the Parliament.
কক্সবাজারের রামু, উখিয়া ও টেকনাফ উপজেলায় বৌদ্ধ সম্প্রদায়ের উপর ঘটে যাওয়া বর্বরোচিত ঘটনার প্রেক্ষিতে আইন ও সালিশ কেন্দ্র (আসক), ট্রান্সপারেন্সি ইন্টারন্যাশনাল বাংলাদেশ (টিআইবি) ও মানুষের জন্য ফাউন্ডেশন প্রতিনিধিরা ৯ অক্টোবর, ২০১২ সরেজমিন ঘটনাস্থলগুলো পরিদর্শন, ক্ষতিগ্রস্থ ব্যক্তি উপাসনালয়সহ প্রত্যক্ষদর্শী স্থানীয় নাগরিকদের নিকট থেকে তথ্য সংগ্রহ করেন। অনাকাঙ্খিত এই অমানবিক ঘটনার সূত্রপাত এবং বর্তমান পরিস্থিতি সাংবাদিক বন্ধুদের মাধ্যমে দেশবাসীকে অবহিত করাটা আমাদের দায়িত্ব বলে মনে করি। সে উপলব্ধি থেকেই আপনাদের সামনে উপস্থিত হয়েছি।
প্রিয় সাংবাদিক বন্ধুরা,
মহান মুক্তিযুদ্ধের মধ্য দিয়ে অসাম্প্রদায়িক বাংলাদেশের যে স্বপ্ন আমরা দেখেছিলাম তার ব্যাত্যয় আমরা লক্ষ্য করে চলেছি প্রায় সময়েই। আমাদের দীর্ঘদিনের দাবীর প্রেক্ষিতে যখন দেশে উগ্রবাদ ও মৌলবাদ দমনে উলেউখযোগ্য অগ্রগতি হচ্ছে ঠিক সেই সময়ে রামু, উখিয়া ও টেকনাফে ঘটে যাওয়া ঘটনা আমাদের ভাবিয়ে তুলেছে। আমাদের তথ্যানুসন্ধানে প্রত্যক্ষদর্শীদের বক্তব্য এবং অগ্নিকান্ডে ক্ষতিগ্রস্থ বাড়িঘর ও...Read More
Dhaka, September 2, 2012. A five-day long international workshop on `Tools and Tactics of People Engagement’ began in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka today.
Hosted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and jointly organized by TIB and Transparency International Secretariat (TIS), 20 visiting participants are joined by some 15 TIB representatives in this workshop aimed at facilitating identification, adaptation and replication of successful tools, approaches and tactics of people engagement throughout the TI movement.
Participants are from: Cambodia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Morocco, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Bangladesh and TI-Secretariat.
The visiting participants will travel for two days to Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj during September 3-4 for experiencing firsthand how TIB has been conducting a social movement against corruption through its twin network of volunteers: Committee of...Read More
চির সবুজের দেশ, প্রিয় স্বদেশ চাই টেকসই সবুজ-বান্ধব উন্নয়ন
বিশ্ব পরিবেশ দিবস ও রিও+২০ জাতিসংঘ টেকসই উন্নয়ন সম্মেলন উপলক্ষে ট্রান্সপারেন্সি ইন্টারন্যাশনাল বাংলাদেশ (টিআইবি), জলবায়ু অর্থায়নে সুশাসন নেটওয়ার্ক (সিএফজিএন) এবং বাংলাদেশ ওয়াটার ইন্টিগ্রিটি নেটওয়ার্ক (বাউইন) এর আবেদন
১. জলবায়ু অর্থায়ন এবং টেকসই উন্নয়ন: জলবায়ু পরিবর্তনের জন্য অর্থ বরাদ্দ, বিতরণ ও ব্যাবহারের ক্ষেত্রে উন্নত ও উন্নয়নশীল উভয় দেশেই স্বচ্ছতা ও জনগণের কাছে জবাবদিহিতা থাকতে হবে।
২. সবুজ জলবায়ু তহবিলকে দুর্নীতি থেকে সুরক্ষা প্রদান: বিশেষ করে জাতিসংঘ প্রতিশ্রুত সবুজ জলবায়ু তহবিলের গঠন ও বল্টহারের ভিত্তি হতে হবে সততা, স্বচ্ছতা ও জবাবদিহিতার নীতি।
৩. ক্লিন ডেভেলপমেন্ট মেকানিজমের (সিডিএম) আওতায় স্থায়িত্বশীল উন্নয়ন: পরিচ্ছন্ন উন্নয়ন কৌশলের সাথে সংশ্লিষ্ট সকলের, বিশেষ করে প্রকল্প বাস্তবায়নকারী দেশের সরকার এবং ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত জনগোষ্ঠীকে প্রকল্প প্রণয়ন, নির্বাচন ও বাস্তবায়ন প্রক্রিয়ায় সম্পৃক্ত করতে হবে।
৪. বন ও জীববৈচিত্র্য সংরক্ষণ এবং অবৈধ কাঠ পাচার বন্ধ করা: কার্যকরভাবে বন উজার...Read More
Call for Proposals: National Integrity System (NIS) Assessment Lead Researcher in Bangladesh
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 90 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.
In 2012, TI has taken up a project to systematically assess the National Integrity System of Bangladesh. This assessment should serve as a basis for key stakeholders in the country to advocate for sustainable and effective reform.
The NIS assessment itself is carried out using a harmonised research and advocacy tool, which provides for a comprehensive overview of the functioning and structure of the main governance institutions in a country. At its...Read More
সনাক ও ইয়েস জাতীয় সম্মেলন ২০১২
১-২ জুন ২০১২, বঙ্গবন্ধু আন্তর্জাতিক সম্মেলন কেন্দ্র, ঢাকা
আমরা টিআইবি’র অনুপ্রেরণায় গঠিত সচেতন নাগরিক কমিটি (সনাক) ও ইয়েস এর জাতীয় সম্মেলন ২০১২ থেকে ঘোষণা করছি যে, আমরা দুর্নীতিকে সর্বান্তকরণে ঘৃণা করি।ব্যক্তিগত এবং পেশাগত জীবনে দুর্নীতি থেকে বিরত থেকে প্রত্যেকে নিজ নিজ অবস্থান অনুযায়ী একক ও সমষ্টিগতভাবে দুর্নীতিকে কার্যকরভাবে প্রতিরোধের চেষ্টা করছি এবং করবো। আমরা স্বাধীনতার স্বপ্নপূরণে প্রিয় মাতৃভূমিতে গণতন্ত্র, সুশাসন ও মানবাধিকার প্রতিষ্ঠায় সমাজ ও রাষ্ট্রের বিভিন্ন ক্ষেত্রে দুর্নীতি বন্ধ করার লক্ষ্যে দুর্নীতিবিরোধী সামাজিক আন্দোলনকে আরও বেগবান করার জন্য বিভিন্ন উদ্যোগ ও প্রচেষ্টার সঙ্গে সম্ভাব্য সকল ক্ষেত্রে একযোগে কাজ করতে সচেষ্ট থাকবো।
জনগণের অধিকার প্রতিষ্ঠা এবং শোষণ, বঞ্চনা ও বৈষম্য থেকে মুক্তির জন্য আমাদের রয়েছে এক হার না-মানা সংগ্রামের ইতিহাস। মানুষের মুক্তির এই সংগ্রামে মৃত্যু ভয়কে তুচ্ছ করে, আত্মত্যাগ ও বীরত্বের অবিস্মরণীয় দৃষ্টান্ত সৃষ্টি করেছে বাংলার বীর...Read More
As part of it’s Youth Engagement and Support (YES) programme Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) is organizing the 5th Anti-Corruption Cartoon Competition to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day 2010 (9 December). The objective of the competition and this exhibition is to create greater awareness and motivation among the young generation to SAY NO TO CORRUPTION. It also gives the participants an opportunity to communicate their understanding about corruption and raising voice against this menace.
This Exhibition of Cartoon Against Corruption consists of cartoons which have received awards and special mention out of 459 entries in two age groups of 13-18 and 19-35 years.
Cartoon gallery 2010
Got Registration & Inauguration
Early morning of December 7, debaters were coming to BRAC University Auditorium from different educational institutions of every corner of the country. Anisur Rahman from Jhalokathi Government Degree College, Sadia Tabassum from Government Gurudayal College, Kishoreganj, Shahed Imran from Khawaja Yunus Ali medical College, Shirajganj, Arifur Rahman from Laxmipur Government College, and many mor. About 300 young debaters from different public & private universities of Bangladesh took part in the competition.
‘We have to step forward for the sustainable development protecting our environment and preventing corruption, and the Youth have to take the lead to go there’ Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh told while he was addressing the inaugural session of the two day long Anti-Corruption Debate Competition 2010 on Environment & Corruption at the Auditorium of BRAC...Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized its fourth Anti-Corruption Cartoon Competition to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day 2009 (9 December). As part of TIB’s Youth Engagement and Support (YES) programme, the competition and this exhibition are aimed at creating greater awareness and motivation among the young generation to say NO TO CORRUPTION. It also gives the participants an opportunity to communicate their understanding about corruption and raising voice against its affects.
This Exhibition of Cartoon Against Corruption is consists of cartoons which have received award and special mention out of 472 entries in two age groups of 13-18 and 19-35 years.
Cartoon gallery 2009Read More
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized its third Anti-Corruption Cartoon Competition to observe the International Anti-Corruption Day 2008 (9 December). As a part of TIB?s Youth Engagement and Support (YES) programme, the objective of the competition and this exhibition is to create greater awareness and motivation among the young generation to say NO TO CORRUPTION. It also gives the participants an opportunity to communicate their understanding of corruption and raising voice against this menace. This Exhibition of Cartoon Against Corruption displays cartoons which have received awards and special mention out of 791 entries to the competition by young cartoonists in two age groups of 13-18 and 19-35 years from all over the country.The opening ceremony of the exhibition of Cartoon Against Corruption, organized by TIB will take place at Drik Gallery on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 4:00pm.The opening ceremony will be preceded...Read More
A total of 747 Entries were received from different parts of the country for this year's competition. 368 cartoonists took part in this competition in two age groups; Group A (Ka) 13-18 years and Group B (Kha) 19-35 years. Besides the winners 20 cartoonists from each group recdived the credit of Special Mention. The Winners' names have been announced at the inaugural ceremony of an exhibition organized with all the winning and special mention cartoons. The exhibition was inaugurated in the Drik Gallery, Dhaka at 3:30 pm on Friday, 7 December 2007 and remained open for all till the 11th December 2007, everyday from 3pm to 8pm.
Winners of Cartoon Competition
Group A (Ka)
Name of Winner
Maisha Maliha Eala
Syed Kamrul Hasan
Asim Chandro Roy
Group B (Kha)
Name of Winner
Sadatuddin Ahmed...Read More
Dhaka University clinched the champion's trophy of the Seventh Inter-University Anti-Corruption Debate Championship 2007, defeating Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet). In the final, the two competing teams fought with logics in their argument to establish their opinion in favour or against the topic ?Corruption is the main hindrance to development of third world countries?.The final of the four-day competition that started on December 9, the International Anti-Corruption Day, was held on December 12 at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of the DU. Rashedul Alam Russel from the winning team was selected best debater of the competition. A total of 104 debaters in 26 teams from 21 public and private universities across the country participated in the parliamentary debate competition. In the semi-final two teams from the DU, Buet (team-2) and Stamford University competed. The DU (Aparayeo Bangla) defeated the Stamford...Read More
Health is one of the fundamental rights of the people. But after 36 years of independence, Bangladesh still fails in ensuring proper health care facilities for all. One of the major reasons behind this situation is lack of good governance and accountability in this sector.Realising the importance of good governance and accountability in health sector and to make the future doctors aware of ensuring highest quality health services for the masses by establishing transparency, Committee of Concerned Citizens (CCC), Chittagong; Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Chittagong Medical College (CMC), organised an Inter-Medical College Debate Competition 2007, first of its kind, on 24th November at CMC with the slogan ?Chai Shasthokhate Shushashon?(We want good governance in the health sector).The participating teams of the competition were Dhaka Medical College; Sher-E-Bangla Medical College, Barisal Medical College; Rajshahi Medical...Read More
An art competition celebrating the first national health rights day was held in Bangladesh Sishu Academy participated by the children aged between seven to sixteen on the 15th June 2007. Two hundred and seventy child artists of different schools participated in the competition titled Shundor Shastho Shundor Desh (Good Health Beautiful Country).The first national health rights convention was held on 14th -15th June in BIAM auditorium upholding the slogan ?Health is not an opportunity, it?s a right and it should be made available to everyone equally?. The competition was held as a part of the convention organized jointly by 53 organizations.
The little kids made beautiful effort to depict their health rights with brush and paint. Three most beautiful pictures in each section were given the ?Sreshtha Shundar Chitra? award and the next best twenty beautiful pictures were given the ?Uttam Shundar Chitra? award.
Artist Hashem Khan was the...Read More
Slogan of the Program
In victory of reasoning... invincible youth shall surely resist corruption
PreludeYouth are potential leaders of future for combating against corruption. Under the banner of YES, TIB, Committee of Concerned Citizens, Chittagong Metropolitan Area and CUDS (Chittagong University Debating society) jointly organized TIB-CUDS 9th Bangla & 3rd English Inter-department Debate Competition, 07 for sensitizing the issues of corruption and unite them against corruption in Bangladesh. Therefore, the aim of the competition is to develop leadership among the youth through raising awareness among them on various issues and to stimulate a dialogue on anti- corruption and good governance by emphasizing the important role youth can play in addressing issues of corruption.
ProgramThe five-day interdepartmental debate competition at Chittagong University has been held on May 12-16, 2007 jointly organized by...Read More
Keeping the slogan ‘Women against corruption’ ahead, a daylong debate competition was arranged at the TSC Auditorium, Dhaka University for observing ‘International Day of Women’ on 8th March 2007. Students from various colleges and universities around the country participated in the daylong debate competition organized by TIB. Executive Director of TIB inaugurated the competition and among others delivered by the Joint- Editor of the daily Samakal, Mozzamel Hossain delivered goodwill speech in inaugural session. Debater Kaniz Fatema Chowdhury administered the oath against corruption. After opening, a rally was arranged participating more than five hundred which crossed Dhaka University campus.
Participants debated on the topics concerning ‘Women against Corruption’ in various sessions of parliamentary style debate competition. Enthusiastic student speakers spoke on the various nature and aspects of deprivations faced by...Read More
To mark the 3rd International Anti-Corruption Day-9 December 2006 Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) held a Cartoon Exhibition titled Durnitir Biruddhey Cartoon at the Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi R.A. Dhaka. The Exhibition displayed anti-corruption cartoons which received awards or special mention in a Cartoon Competition organized by TIB. Nearly 200 young participants from all over the country within the age-limit of 35 years participated in this first ever anti-corruption cartoon competition in the country. The exhibition remained open during December 7- 10, 2006 from 3:00pm-8:00 pm everyday.
Ambassador of Royal Danish Embassy/Dhaka, H.E. Einar H. Jaensen inaugurated the exhibition while Advocate Sultana Kamal, Adviser to the Caretaker Government in charge of Ministries of Industries, Science and ICT, Textile and Jute has graced the opening session as Chief Guest. The distinguished Members of the Jury for the Cartoon Competition...Read More
First ever parliamentary style debate competition held under the auspices of TIB
To mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, 2006, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has organized the first ever parliamentary style debate competition in Dhaka. The aim of the competition was to develop leadership among the youth through raising awareness on various issues and to stimulate a dialogue on anti- corruption and good governance through an ideal and effective parliament.
The competition took place on 29-30 November 2006 at different venues of East West University and North South University. More than 180 participants from different colleges and universities around the country took part in the competition. To select the best 30 debaters from the participants, a Freestyle debate competition was held on the first day. On the second day, the selected 30 contenders were divided into two parties, the Government and the opposition, and...Read More
In recognition of those whose bravery cost them their lives, TI extended posthumous tributes to three courageous individuals in the year of 2004. Manik Chandra Saha, a brave Bangladeshi journalist whose reports on crime and corruption in politics led to his death was one of them. Other two recipients were Hasan Baliki, a Turkish electrical engineer murdered as a result of his efforts to root out corruption in the state electricity company, and Satyendra Kumar Dubey, an Indian whistleblower who lost his life after making a complaint about corruption in the road-building project he was overseeing.
Manik Chandra Saha, a journalist and social activist, who frequently reported on crime and political corruption for the New Age newspaper and for the BBC Bengali Service was killed on January 15, 2004 in Khulna. His resolute determination to expose injustice made him enemies and he received numerous death threats, spending much of the year under...Read More