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Govt entities far ahead of NGOs in revealing info

TIB study finds

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt entities far ahead of NGOs in revealing info

Government entities are far ahead of NGOs in terms of voluntary dissemination of information on their websites, finds a new study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB). 

A total of 37 percent government institutions managed to achieve satisfactory score in the study revealed on Thursday while no NGOs could secure top 10 positions and none of them achieved satisfactory score.

The score of 8.5 percent public institutions was found to be alarming, but in case of NGOs it was as high as nearly 95 percent. 

“We hoped that NGOs would do much better in the study, but unfortunately it did not happen. No NGOs’ score is satisfactory. Rather, nearly 95 percent NGOs’ scores are concerning, which is very frustrating,” said Dr Iftekharuzzaman while unveiling the study data.

The study “Voluntary Information Dissemination Practice of Government-Private Institutions Evaluation according to Information Rights Law” was conducted during August 2020 to January 2021 among 192 institutions, including 153 government and 39 NGOs.   A total of 69 government institutions secured top 10 positions with their scores ranging from 32 to 42 out of 50.

Ministry of food, ministry of jute and textile and water resources ministry jointly bagged the first position in voluntarily disseminating information on their websites with 42 or 84 percent score.

Ministry of women and children affairs got second place while agriculture ministry, commerce ministry, bridges division, ministry of defence, industries ministry, madrasa board under education ministry and social welfare ministry have been jointly placed at third position.

The score of top 10 NGOs, including 6 international NGOs, in terms of providing information ranged from 7 to 22.

National NGO Coastal Association for Social Transformation has been placed at the first position while Dhaka Ahsania Mission and Gana Unnayan Kendra bagged second and third position respectively among the NGOs surveyed.

Type of published information and website design of most of government institutions are almost similar, but NGOs lack any uniform website design, according to the study.

The government entities have shown comparatively better performance in revealing information, but there is still enough room for further development for them, it added.