Corruption is a serious obstacle to development in Bangladesh. As one of its efforts to curb and prevent corruption, the Bangladeshi government established the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in 2004.
Even if communication on (anti-)corruption is an essential part of its work and a useful means to foster corruption prevention, the public relations efforts of the ACC had been less effective. Moreover, it had been reluctant to enter into a genuine dialogue on corruption neither with Bangladeshi citizens nor with the media. Thus, the ACC together with GIZ and DW Akademie launched the project ‘Communication and dialogue about anti-corruption’ in order to step up the ACC’s communication efforts.
The project initiated an exchange between the stakeholders involved in the fight against corruption. Project activities involved supporting the communication work of the Anti-Corruption Commission in new and traditional media as well as training for journalists to foster fact-based reporting. Besides that, a jointly advertised anti-corruption media award brought together the ACC with journalists and civil society representatives to produce criteria for high-quality reporting on corruption.