International agency Oxfam and the Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at raising awareness against graft.
The five-year long MoU was signed by Oxfam in Bangladesh country director Dipankar Datta and ACC director general (ICT and training) AKM Sohel at ACC head office in Dhaka in presence of ACC secretary Md Dilwar Bakth, Oxfam Business Development and Quality director Mostafijur Rahman, Economic Justice and Resilience lead Khalid Hossain, policy advocacy head SM Monjur Rashid, and other senior officials of both ACC and Oxfam, a press release said.
The 2020 marks the birth centenary celebration of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Sheikh Mujib had always dreamt of building a ‘corruption and inequality free’ Bangladesh.
To realise the dream of Sheikh Mujib, the ACC-Oxfam debate competition and other youth engagement programmes would enormously contribute to the prevention of corruption by creating awareness.
ACC and Oxfam were launching a national debate competition which would pave the way of creating mass awareness about corruption.
Under the signed MoU, Oxfam would also work with ACC as knowledge partner in the areas of research and campaign to reduce inequality in the society by preventing corruption.
Dipankar Datta said, ‘We hope that a better understanding of the phenomenon of corruption and its relationship to good governance will help improving our efforts to reduce inequality and poverty. The national level debate competition will essentially contribute to that understanding, especially for the young generation who will lead the country in the nearest future.’
‘We are extremely proud to strengthen our working relationship with the Anti-Corruption Commission. The ACC has taken several welcome steps forward in addressing corruption across Bangladesh in recent times. I think our partnership will help us work together to prevent corruption and enable people across Bangladesh to stop corruption’, Dipankar added.
The ACC-Oxfam National Debate Competition would reach more than 28,000 high schools across Bangladesh. Besides, both the organisation would organise essay writing, citizen’s dialogue and other awareness events throughout the year across Bangladesh.
ACC secretary Md Dilwar Bakth said, ‘The government follows ‘zero-tolerance’ policy when it comes to address corruption. We believe that corruption can be eliminated from our society and prevention is the only effective method to achieve that. In order to achieve that goal, we are partnering with organisations like Oxfam.’
Oxfam’s recent study found that last year, the poorest half of the world became 11 per cent poorer, while billionaires’ fortunes rose 12 per cent – or $2.5 billion every day. The gap between the richest and poorest people was growing. While people at the top get influence, opportunities and power, the poorest people miss out on the basics they need – like schools, jobs and healthcare.
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