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Engaging People

Corruption is an integral way of life in Bangladesh; the key challenge is to change people’s attitudes and behaviors, so they no longer accept corruption as a necessary part of the day-to-day routine. As a pervasive issue, corruption must be fought comprehensively and strategically, with both preventive and curative measures. As the public sector is at the core of corruption it is incumbent upon the Government to lead the process in tackling the problem. However, when the political will at the highest level is absent and when the institutions of the national integrity system are not sufficiently effective, the people, who are the ultimate source of power, have a key role to play at both national and local levels to exerting pressure for change.

As a social movement TIB works to substantially widen and strengthen participation of people in anti-corruption activities. TIB’s task is to create a demand for effective policy reform and institutional change conducive to the reduction of corruption and conditions which will lead to poverty reduction for poor and vulnerable people in Bangladesh. TIB relies on volunteers who comprise the Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCCs), Youth Engagement and Support (YES) and associated groups. The challenge for TIB is to expand the social movement, empower people to take responsibility for tackling the worst excesses of corruption and bottom-up efforts into a positive force for driving change in Bangladesh.