Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) established nationwide committees of citizens, known as the Committee of Concerned Citizens (CCC), to promote a participatory anti-corruption movement. These committees aim to prevent corruption, increase transparency and accountability, and promote good governance in government, non-government, and other service sectors through communication and collaboration with the public. CCCs have the responsibility and authority to implement programmes that align with the goals of TIB, and TIB provides them with technical and financial support for their operations.
CCCs in 45 areas of the country:
TIB has 45 CCCs in 45 areas of the country. CCCs are groups of citizens with high credibility, integrity, social acceptability, and leadership capacity to inform, motivate and mobilise citizens in challenging corruption and promoting integrity in service delivery at the local levels.
- The CCCs (Committees of Concerned Citizens) are citizens with high credibility, integrity, social acceptability, and leadership capacity.
- The role of the CCCs is to inform, motivate, and mobilise citizens to fight corruption and promote good governance.
- Members of the CCCs are committed to TIB's values, vision, mission, and Code of Ethics.
- The CCCs work voluntarily and non-partisan to prevent corruption and promote accountability, transparency, and good governance at the local level.
Committees of Concerned Citizens
The main Committee of Concerned Citizens, equivalent to an executive committee, provides leadership and participates actively in devising strategies, preparing plans, budgeting and implementing programmes of the CCC. Once a CCC is formed, this committee takes over all responsibilities and determines its programmatic priorities, in which TIB only provides technical and financial support.
The number of members in CCCs ranges from 9 to 21 and is made up of diverse professional groups, including a representation of women. The President is elected from the members and has a two-year term, subject to yearly review and re-election if necessary. The committee includes two Vice-Presidents, one of whom must be a woman.
The CCC constitutes various issue-based sub-committees comprising 7 to 11 members. The sub-committee has a President who also is a member of the CCC, while other members of the sub-committee can be from outside the CCC.
A CCC member should be:
- A person of high integrity and honesty free from any allegation of corruption and widely respected and acceptable to all for contributing to local public life;
- Politically non-partisan having no direct or formal involvement in partisan political activity and having the proven capacity to ensure that political and/or other likings and disliking would not be brought to affect the affairs of CCC and or TIB;
- Active and interested in working voluntarily;
- A person who shares the vision, mission, values and objectives of TIB and is committed to the TIB Code of Ethics;
- A permanent citizen of Bangladesh and resident of the CCC area.
S/he should not be:
- A person with any record of involvement in corruption;
- Convicted of a criminal offence involving moral turpitude;
- A public servant enjoying any special status granted by law;
- Actively involved in party politics;
- Guilty of default of any public dues determined by a court of law;
- Less than 30 years nor more than 75 years of age; and
- An immediate family member of the executive director of TIB and any other full-time member of the TIB staff.
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