Institutional Approach to Anti-corruption: An Evaluation of the Anti Corruption Commission in Bangladesh

Corruption is the main impediment to good governance that gradually weakens the key national institutions and spoils all sorts of development initiatives. Corruption has brought Bangladesh to the edge of being a failed state. Closely looking at the former Bureau of Anti‐Corruption (BAC), it has been proven that BAC is completely ineffective in stemming the tide of corruption overwhelming the state. It seems that the new Anti‐Corruption Commission (ACC), established in November 2004, still remains almost dysfunctional. ACC’s workforce constitutes less than 0.1 percent of the total number of posts in civil employment in Bangladesh. A total of 1264 staff seems to be inadequate to fight against corruption in a country with a population of about 140 million. In reality, ACC absorbed eighty‐five percent of the staff of now-defunct BAC personnel without any screening process. Linking the success of an anti‐corruption institution like ACC with the level of corruption in a given country entails a number of risks. While the reasons differ in depth and length, they generally refer to a list of political, economic, governance, legal, organisational, performance and public confidence factors.

Authors: Rashid, Md. Harun Or
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2013