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Call for ensuring transparency and accountability in Bangladesh’s climate finance

A three-day inter-university debate competition concluded on 26 February 2017 urging the authorities to ensure the highest level of integrity, transparency and accountability in the overall management of various types of climate funds in Bangladesh.

A total of 96 debaters from 32 universities, both public and private, competed in the parliamentary-styled debate on the theme ` Good Governance in Climate Finance: information disclosure and citizens’ participation’ from 24 February. 

The topic of the final debate was “corruption is the main obstacle to the effective use of climate fund for ensuring sustainable development in Bangladesh’
Organized by TI Bangladesh, Chittagong University Debating Society (CUDS) emerged Champion by defeating American International University Bangladesh Oratory Club (AIUBOC), while Md. Kamrul Hasan of CUDS bagged the coveted `Best Debater’ award. 
Dr. A.T.M. Shamsul Huda, former Chief Election Commissioner, and Member, Board of Trustees, TIB, and Mr. Mukit Mazumder Babu, Chairman, Prokriti O Jibon Foundation, and Director, Channel i and TI Bangladesh’s Executive Director of TIB Dr. Iftekharuzzaman attended the final debate session and gave away prizes. Mr. Robaet Ferdous, Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka facilitated the final debate as the Speaker of the Parliament.
The final competition was recorded at the studio of the leading private TV Channel i on 26th February and broadcast during prime time on the following day, reaching to millions viewers across the country and abroad.