50126-001: Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission | Asian Development Bank

Bangladesh: Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50126-001 Status: Active

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is a statutory and independent organization of the Government formed under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004. Its functions are mainly two fold. Firstly, to enquire and investigate the allegations of corruptions and prosecute the cases. Secondly, to create awareness against corruption and to promote the values of honesty and integrity. Proper investigation, prosecution and timely disposal of cases leading to conviction are critical for ACC to become effective and gain public confidence. Presently, there are more than 6,235 pending enquiries and investigation and the number of cases under trial/pending in special judges' courts and higher courts is around 4,000. There are around 300 enquiry officers (EOs) & investigating officers (IOs) and more than 120 public prosecutors at the disposal of ACC to enquire, investigate and prosecute the cases.

Project Details

Project Officer
Bar, Gobinda South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission
Project Number 50126-001
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9285-BAN: Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9285-BAN: Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission (Supplementary)
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is a statutory and independent organization of the Government formed under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004. Its functions are mainly two fold. Firstly, to enquire and investigate the allegations of corruptions and prosecute the cases. Secondly, to create awareness against corruption and to promote the values of honesty and integrity. Proper investigation, prosecution and timely disposal of cases leading to conviction are critical for ACC to become effective and gain public confidence. Presently, there are more than 6,235 pending enquiries and investigation and the number of cases under trial/pending in special judges' courts and higher courts is around 4,000. There are around 300 enquiry officers (EOs) & investigating officers (IOs) and more than 120 public prosecutors at the disposal of ACC to enquire, investigate and prosecute the cases. ACC does not have any automated system to monitor and evaluate the activities of the EOs, IOs and the public prosecutors which is causing delay in quick disposal of the cases.

The proposed TA _Enhancing Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) aims to develop a web-based software titled Investigation and Prosecution Management System (IPMS) for ACC so that the activities of the enquiry and & investigation officers and the public prosecutors could be monitored and the status of a particular case could be easily tracked and ultimately the average time to complete a case could be reduced. It also aims to digitize and archive the documentary evidence relating to a case so that the evidences are not lost or destroyed in the lengthy process of enquiry and prosecution.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Corruption is a big challenge for ensuring inclusive and sustained economic development of Bangladesh. The incidence of corruption is quite high throughout the public sector. The country ranked 143 among 175 countries in 2017 in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index with a score of 28 on the scale of zero to 100.

To fight corruption effectively the Government has enacted the Anti-Corruption Act (2004) and reconstituted the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). However, enquiry and & investigation and prosecution of cases is still a weak area of ACC. According to ACC estimate, currently it takes more than 36 months to complete the enquiry, investigation and prosecution of a case. The proposed TA aims to strengthen monitoring of the activities of the enquiry & investigation officers and the prosecution officers through the use of ICT so that the cases could be completed within a shorter period of time.

Impact Efficiency of ACC in combatting corruption improved.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The ACC''s investigation and prosecution monitoring capacity enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome When the project will be completed, the investigation and prosecution capacity of ACC will be enhanced.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Investigation and Prosecution Management System (IPMS) developed

2. IPMS operations manual approved

3. Report on the effectiveness of current corruption-prevention activities completed

4. Capacity development activities for the ACC conducted

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA has made significant progress in achieving its challenging outputs, with $248,704 contracted and $221,788 disbursed. A project management consultant was recruited in 2017, who has designed the IPMS software and prepared hardware requirement report after studying ACC's business process and conducting extensive consultations with relevant officials, including the ACC management. Under the capacity development activities, 10 ACC officials, including its Secretary and a Member, visited four countries to learn about best practices in investigation and prosecution management. A report, backed by a survey, recommending improvements to the current corruption prevention activities is expected to be completed within February 2019. Development and operationalization of the IPMS, preparation of IMPS operations manual, training of the ACC staff in IPMS operations and preparation of a training manual are the key activities remaining to be completed under the TA.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholders consulted during project design.
During Project Implementation Diverse stakeholder groups will be consulted during various stages of the project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Recruitment of a consulting firm is in progress. RFP was issued on mid-March 2019. Four firms participated in the EOI and, on evaluation, three consulting firms were short-listed. The firm is being engaged following ADBs Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2015, as amended from time to time) using quality and cost-based selection (90:10) with simplified technical proposal.
Procurement The consultancy involves 116 person-months of consulting services. The main responsibilities of the consulting firm will be to develop, implement, test and operationalize the IPMS at ACC. The estimated contract period is 24 months from the inception of the consultancy services.
Responsible ADB Officer Bar, Gobinda
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Anticorruption Commission
Segunbagaicha, Dhaka
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 Sep 2016
Fact Finding 16 Oct 2016 to 18 Oct 2016
MRM -
Approval 15 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2019

TA 9285-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2016 14 Mar 2017 14 Mar 2017 30 Jun 2019 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 15 Dec 2016 125,794.08

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9285 05 Dec 2017 TECHNOHAVEN COMPANY LIMITED(BANGLADESH) in association with PMTC Bangladesh Limited(BANGLADESH) 70 GREEN ROAD, FATTAH PLAZA, 9TH FLOOR, Bangladesh Anticorruption Commission Consulting Services 190,304.00

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