Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) is the accredited national chapter in Bangladesh of the Berlin-based Transparency International, a global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. TIB began its activities in 1996 with a vision of Bangladesh where government, politics, business, civil society and lives of the common citizens would be free from corruption.
Mission Creating Anti-Corruption Demand
TIB's mission is to catalyze and strengthen a participatory social movement to raise and strengthen voice and intensify demand for accountability through strengthening institutions, laws and practices and establishing an efficient and transparent system of governance, politics and business. TIB?s research, dissemination, campaign and advocacy initiatives are geared to policy and institutional reforms for controlling corruption, and thereby reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development.
Working Nationally and Locally
TIB's activities are implemented at two levels - national and local - through processes of civic engagement, research and advocacy. At the national level its work is designed to bring the issue of corruption into sharper focus of public discourse and contribute to the strengthening the pillars of democracy and National Integrity System.
At the local level TIB has established a network of Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCCs) all over the country. At the time of writing this network consisted of 36 committees at district and upazila levels in 6 divisions which by early 2010 is expected to increase to 45. This is a social movement driven by volunteers who challenge the notion that corruption could be a way of life. The movement features young people mainly college and university students - who have emerged as the prime movers of the movement organised as YES (Youth Engagement and Support).
TIB's activities have had significant direct and indirect impacts of two main types - institutional, legal and policy reforms to promote integrity and good governance; and improvement in the content and quality of key public services at the service delivery level especially in education, health and local government.
TIB is now identified as being synonymous with tackling corruption in Bangladesh and, through its work, anti-corruption is part of the public discourse and central to the public policy agenda. TIB has catalysed or been directly involved in key institutional and policy changes, the most notable of which are: reform of the Anti-Corruption Commission; Bangladesh’s ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption; reform of the Public Service Commission; reform of the electoral rules and the Election Commission; adoption of the Right to Information Act; catalyzing specific improvements in the functioning of Chittagong Port and automation of the Chittagong Customs House; inclusion of anti-corruption education in secondary and higher secondary text books; integrity in the public procurement system; and advocacy for the National Human Rights Commission.
Engaging Citizens for Voice and Accountability
As a part of social movement TIB has created forums and mechanisms through which citizens can raise their opposition to corruption. At the local level these include various social accountability tools like Citizens Report Card (CRC), Face the Public (FtP), Open Budget, Advice and Information Desks (AI-Desks), Street Theatres and other cultural tools. Working in specific fields of delivery of public services like health, education and local government it has demonstrated that real changes are achievable in hospitals, schools and municipal services.
TIB has captured the social conscience of young people and provided them with a way of raising their voice of opposition to corruption, and engaging in volunteer work to catalyze visible and measurable results of improving transparency and accountability affecting daily lives of the citizens, especially improving access of the poor and disadvantaged to the basic public services without harassment and unauthorized payments.