The widespread dissemination of TIBInfo, from five pilot areas in April to 45 field offices at publication, can largely be attributed to Manager - MIS Mr. Mohammad Aminul Hoque Chowdhury, who developed and customized the database.
From the moment he became acquainted with DevInfo in 2011, Mr. Chowdhury saw an opportunity to not only publicize anti-corruption events happening in the country, but also to monitor achievements and progress in the Transparency International yearly plan.After creating the database, he organized and spearheaded a dozen trainings in all nine TIB clusters of Bangladesh to introduce the DevInfo system and to teach each field office how to enter information on a monthly basis using DevInfo Admin. “The trainings were practical and demonstrative, with an emphasis on the idea that this data would be shared internally, as well as with governments and citizens,” says Mr. Chowdhury.
Every month, Mr. Chowdhury receives data from all 45 field offices. Except for some minor exceptions, he says, all of the information is error-free and requires minimum edits on his part. A monthly report is subsequently produced, with general information on all anti-corruption events that took place, as well as details on attendance.
“We list all activities that take place on the sub-national level. How many programs were organized, how many people attended, what type of attendees were they, and any comments that might have been recorded about the program.”
This forward-thinking initiative is aligned with Transparency International Bangladesh’s many efforts to advocate for and encourage transparency, including a “Report Corruption” section on their website, which allows any victim of corruption to safely file a complaint.
Mr. Chowdhury says his vision is to ensure the sustainability of the system and to maximize the efficiency of the process. While the Bangladeshi chapter of Transparency International is currently the only one using DevInfo technology, he recently discussed about the tool to other country offices and foresees a day when all chapters are using the software.
“Participation in anti-corruption events all around the world is crucial in reaching our organizational objectives. Ultimately, we are keeping track of a movement.”
Data making a difference.
For more information, please contact Mohammad Aminul Hoque Chowdhury, Manager-MIS, Transparency International Bangladesh, at firstname.lastname@example.org