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Corruption increases poverty and injustice. Let's fight it together...now

 

Building nation through anti-corruption movement

 

 
 
 
For Youth Engagement and Support (YES) members of TIB, it was a double surprise: first, to see three Executive Directors of three different TI Chapters visiting them to learn from Bangladesh’s anti-corruption social movement and second, the team visiting those young activists in the field is also known as YES: (Youth, Engagement/Empowerment and Scale [of impacts]). When both these YES leaders interacted during the last week of August in Cox’s Bazar, Potiya, Chittagomg and Sylhet, one strong theme emerged: YES volunteers are in fact building Bangladesh through their anti-corruption social movement.
Executive Directors from TI chapters in Germany, Georgia, and Rwanda and an external facilitator from the UK visited TI Bangladesh on a 10 day mission from 21-31 August 2014 to gain a 360 degree perspective on all the issues and challenges involved in the field of anti-corruption in Bangladesh. After engaging with TIB’s various stakeholders, the visiting team returned on 1st September, not only with rich experiences, but also with a hope that Bangladesh’s bright future holds with those young anti-corruption fighters who will surely make it a difference when their turn come up. So, when TIB’s YES activists rally for a common cause or demand accountable governance by organizing mothers’ gathering at schools and face the public at union parishads, or provide 
 
 
 
information and advice services at local hospitals, or mobilize public through street theatres, or train people how to submit right to information applications, and get involved in many other activities using various social accountability tools, these are not simply anti-corruption works.

 


TIB’s YES activists rally for a common cause or demand accountable governance by organizing mothers’ gathering at schools and face the public at union parishads, or provide information and advice services at local hospitals, or mobilize public through street theatres, or train people how to submit RTI applications, and get involved in many other activities using various social accountability tools. These are not simply anti-corruption works. These are also a part of nation building - Richard Kemp, TI’s facilitator

 
These are also a part of nation building, says Richard Kemp, TI’s facilitator. 
 
 
Eka Gigauri, executive director of TI Georgia is very impressed with the works of YES activists and foresees a brighter future for Bangladesh. Her colleague Temur Ovchiev captured nearly 500 gigabytes of video footages from the Bangladesh visit to produce a 25-minute documentary to showcase what inclusive leadership could achieve through anti-corruption social movement. And Apollinaire Mupiganyi, executive director of TI Rwanda vows to replicate many of Bangladesh’s successes to build stronger movement in his country.
The visit of YES team comprising executive directors from three Chapters proved very beneficial for personal leadership development and also provided first-hand experience with a number of case studies from Bangladesh for raising leadership impacts through experiential and peer-to-peer learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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