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the developing countries like Bangladesh, where corruption is rampant,
the fight against corruption cannot be won without citizens' support,
participation, and vigilance. The media, civic and business association,
trade unions, and other nongovernmental actors play a crucial role in
fostering public discussion of corruption and increasing awareness about
the negative impacts of corruption.
In the recent times, people have come to realize the extent to which
corruption have undermined their welfare and stability, and hindered
development efforts. Government, the private sector, and civil society
alike have declared the fight against corruption to be of the highest
As a development organization, since 1995, Democracywatch has been working
to promote democracy, human rights, and good governance in Bangladesh.
It conducts different programs to build awareness on democracy, human
rights, and good governance. It also conducts research on different
social and political issues. Democracywatch has a countrywide network
of partners and civil society organizations to implement its different
programs. As a part of its mission, Democracywatch has been implementing
a USAID-funded project PROGATI since 2007.
PROGATI, acronym of Promoting Governance, Accountability, Transparency
and Integrity, a 4-year-long USAID supported project aims to promote
principles of accountability, transparency and responsiveness to decrease
the level of corruption in Bangladesh. The project has been in operation
since September 2007 by Development Alternatives Inc, (DAI).
The project aims to build an anticorruption force rooted in society,
possessing real influence, and sustained by self-interest and credible
incentives. PROGATI acknowledge that the civil society organizations
have an important role to play in curbing corruptions both as stakeholders
and institutions mediating between the state and the public. Social
action coalitions can unite elites and civil society into a strong force
for good governance and reform, deepening and rewarding political will
while strengthening civil society.
One of the components of PROGATI project is the Civil Society principal
objective of which is to strengthen civil society to support and promote
anti-corruption reforms. The overall approach of the civil society component
aims to support the countrywide development of citizen watchdogs that
monitor corruption and abuse in particular policy and governance issues.
Democracywatch in partnership with PROGATI is carrying out activities
to achieve the objectives of Civil Society component of PROGATI project.
To increase citizen support for good governance, Democracywatch works
closely with a "good governance coalition" of partners addressing
transparency, anti-corruption, and human rights issues. Under USAID's
local governance programs, Democracywatch trained and educated Union
Parishad staff and rural and semi-rural locally elected officials on
planning, collaborative decision making, and accountability and transparency
of government service delivery, particularly for women and marginalized
Democracywatch is a well-established, capable, and knowledgeable organization
with a wealth of experience implementing democratic governance projects.
Democracywatch has demonstrated its ability to effectively manage large-scale
training and campaign programs. PROGATI selected Democracywatch as a
key partner due to its participatory training methods, strong focus
on gender in governance, and broad network of civil society organizations
across Bangladesh. It accomplished the objectives set by PROGATI under
the subcontract "PROGATI Civil Society and Citizen Participation"
and the subsequent grant "Building CSO Watchdog Expertise and Citizen
Understanding of National Budgets" in which Democracywatch trained
345 persons and conducted 48 anti-corruption campaigns.
Since its inception, Democracywatch has trained over 20,000 people in
democratic governance, leadership, gender mainstreaming, human rights,
and life skills. They use modern, participatory training methods and
always aim to make their lessons immediately applicable to their trainees'
needs. Under the PROGATI Project in 2009, Democracywatch trained 345
people in National Budget Awareness and Citizen Monitoring Campaigns.
Democracywatch closely monitored their training activities and learned
many lessons that they will apply in the course of implementing activities
under this grant.
Democracywatch supports achievement of PROGATI Component 2, expected
results of which are:
and strengthen existing civil society coalitions, networks and public-private
specialized CSO watchdog expertise to monitor, analyze and publicize
citizen understanding of and participation in developing and overseeing
government budgets; and
opportunities for citizen participation in and oversight of national
government decision making.