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Paribartan - Driving Change

Paribartan - Driving Change (April 2009-March 2014)

TIB's social movement against corruption is currently spearheaded by the Paribartan - Driving Change project (April 2009-March 2014). The objective of the project is to achieve positive changes in policies and practices conducive to accountable and transparent governance in Bangladesh. The specific objectives include strengthening the National Integrity System, reducing costs of corruption and improving citizens’ access to entitlements through a strengthened and sustained social movement against corruption. Working through an intensified national level advocacy and an up-scaled local level citizens’ engagement the project will strive to achieve better enforcement of policies, laws and rules at both national and local level.

The goal of Paribartan - Driving Change project is Reduced corruption for the benefit of the poor in Banglades. The project is fully consistent with the PRSP-2 of the Government of Bangladesh, The Moving Ahead, National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction for 2009, 2011. The aspects of the strategy which are relevant with the objective of the proposed project are Promoting Good Governance, Making parliamentary process effective, Reforming and strengthening public service system, Strengthening of local government, Combating corruption, Accessing Information, and Ensuring Efficient Delivery of Utility Services.

The purpose of the project is to catalyze improved policies and practices in public institutions and increased public demand to reduce corruption, to reduce costs of corruption for the benefit of the poor in Bangladesh. Proposed project also conforms to commitments of GOB as a State Party of the UN Convention against corruption.

To achieve the purpose the targeted outputs are:

  • More people aware of corruption and involved in anti-corruption campaigns
  • Improved transparency and accountability in institutions at national and local level
  • Anti-corruption movement strengthened in Bangladesh

Focus of Paribartan

Widening and deepening: TIB will adopt a wider geographical reach to encompass the poorest and most excluded communities. In this regard, TIB will increase the number of CCCs from 36 to 45 by early 2010 by establishing offices in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and extreme north-west areas which are characterized by vulnerable, marginalized and hard core poor people. Keeping the achievements made under Making Waves and lesson learnt; TIB will bolster its campaign at national level to institutionalize reforms.

Engaging more people: Paribartan will engage more people through its mechanisms especially by informing the general public about their entitlements and the impacts of corruption. This campaign will be delivered at both the local (CCC) and national level, through both direct and indirect engagement.

Island of Integrity: TIB will work with selected schools, hospitals and local government bodies in each CCC area to create islands of integrity. An island of integrity is where the school, hospital or local authority makes a public commitment to continue its work without engaging in bribery. The core elements of an island of integrity would therefore include zero tolerance to corruption, promotion of transparency; accountability; stakeholder participation, and improved quality of services. Following such a public commitment, CCCs and YES groups would monitor their adherence to these principles of transparency, accountability and integrity, implied by their declaration.

Integrity Pledges/Pacts: CCCs will assume a new role to scale-up impact/ institutionalize changes made in Islands of Integrity (individual schools, hospitals and local government bodies), by developing ?Integrity Pledges/Pacts (commitments to replicate reforms tested in (Islands of Integrity) with the institutions concerned at local level and create platform to engage with offices, directorate and line ministries at national and sub-national level.

Networks and Alliances at both local and national level: For scaling up the reforms through institutionalization, TIB has developed a Partnership Policy to enable CCCs to build alliances with compatible NGOs at the local level. Strategic partnership will redouble CCCs capacity to engage with institutions and exert pressure on corrupt elements; and thus moving ahead the social movement against corruption.  TIB will also build strategic networks and alliances at national level to allow TIB to deliver stronger and carry out joint advocacy campaign for national policy reforms. Thus TIB will integrate local and national advocacy campaigns to strengthen channels for communicating the voices of citizens at local-to-local level and local-to-national levels by engaging relevant stakeholders.

Mainstreaming Gender: TIB believes that women empowerment and anti-corruption are mutually complimentary. The project will mainstream gender sensitivity and women’s participation and encourage gender responsive services at institutions.

Monitoring and Evaluation: The project's log frame will become a working template against which the implementation of TIB's work under the project will be tracked. Monitoring and evaluation efforts will therefore address progress towards outcomes.