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NGO controversy: Govt should make an inquiry into the affairs October 10, 2007

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, CORRUPTION, GOVERNANCE.
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After the disclosure of the study report of Transparency International Bangladesh titled ‘Problems in good governance in the NGO sector: The way forward’ released few days back,  the issue of corruption in NGO become a topic of arguments and counterarguments in the media and among the public.

The study which covered 20 representative NGOs from international, national and local groups revealed that the NGOs operating in Bangladesh are indulged in various irregularities and malpractices.

In the immediate reaction, Federation of NGOs refuted the allegations and said that the the study is not based on scientific methodology and a sweeping conclusion cannot be drawn on the samples of 20 where 3000 NGOs are working.

The FNB also said the information provided in the TIB report on NGOs’ governing bodies, their decision-making process, procurements, employees’ salaries, organisational management and inflated evaluations are not true for most NGOs.

In reply, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman in a press release said , ‘The study report did not say that all the NGOs are corrupt. The report did not measure the individual range of corruption in individual NGOs in relation to their sizes, ways of getting funds, their ranges of work and their locations. The report even shows that the identified problems don’t exist in all the surveyed NGOs. There was not any sweeping comment on the NGO sector.”

Dr Iftekhar said in the release that the methodology used for the research is scientific and widely accepted. Data were collected through interviews with NGO officials of different levels, from case studies and focus group discussions (FGD), and through interviews with the main sources of information. “So it is absolutely logical to have a perception on the sector’s problems in good governance and its nature, through the scientifically extracted data on 20 chosen NGOs.”

Meanwhile, the Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (Adab) in a separate news release lambasted the TIB report claiming that the report had labelled 80 percent of the total 47,000 NGOs in the country as corrupt.

‘The methodology used in the study is faulty and information gathered from a faulty research cannot be acceptable,” said the Adab release signed by its Director Aminul Islam. A composite picture of the vast sector cannot be perceived on the basis of a survey of a mere 20 organizations’, the Adab director said in the release.

There are also other allegations against NGOs. One of the major allegations against he NGOs is their political involvement in elections and political programs and another allegation is the involvement of NGOs in the last year’s widespread protest, ransacking and fire of the garment factories

TIB study also reveals that it could get the cooperation of the NGO bosses and interview had to take from the employees going to their houses.

In the above background, the Government should make  an inquiry into the state of NGOs, their mode of operations and transactions of accounts and take necessary steps to regulate the NGO activities in our country to make it corruption free, transparent and accountable.

An ordinary citizen

 

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