The children are happy at Kazipur Primary School in Bangladesh.
Photo: Therese Arnstorp
The battle against corruption in Bangladesh
Corruption is a big problem is many poor countries, and work to prevent and minimize the risk of corruption is therefore a prioritized issue. Bangladesh is one of the countries in which corruption is widespread and covers all areas of society. Transparency International's index rates the country 134 of 178. The police and the judicial system are perceived by the public as the most corrupt.
As always, it is the poor that are hit the hardest. Four per cent of poor people's incomes are lost to corruption. Sida provides support to Transparency International in Bangladesh, TIB, in their work to combat corruption in the country. They create awareness among the citizens, get them involved, strive for openness and transparency in official business and run campaigns. TIB works first and foremost within education, health and local governance and covers 45 of the country's 64 regions.
The programme Paribartan – Driving Change is run by Transparency International Bangladesh with support from Sida and the British, Swiss and Danish aid authorities. The programme follows the priorities outlined in the Bangladesh Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Sida's support comprises SEK 5 million per year for the period 2009-2014.
- Bangladesh has improved its rating in TI's Corruption Perceptions Index by moving up to 134th place from having been at the bottom during the period 2001-2004. TIB's efforts have contributed to this.
A greater degree of openness and participation in the election process in Bangladesh
The country's largest harbour is corruption-free
Bangladesh has ratified the UN's Convention against Corruption
Students studying at higher levels have access to learning materials on corruption and its consequences.
Non-profit networks of citizens have been created to work for increased openness and demands for accountability. They organize a great number of activities in order to inspire involvement and awareness, primarily among younger citizens.
"Integrity Pledges" have been signed with 25 institutions in order to make it easier for citizens to demand accountability and ensure that promised services are delivered.