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 Name||Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Public administration
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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.|
|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|
|Concept Clearance||30 Sep 2016|
|Fact Finding||16 Oct 2016 to 18 Oct 2016|
|Approval||15 Dec 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||28 Mar 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Dec 2016||14 Mar 2017||14 Mar 2017||30 Jun 2019||30 Jun 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||300,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||800,000.00||15 Dec 2016||176,042.08|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2016|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of the Anti-Corruption Commission||Firm - Consulting||Closed||24 Nov 2018||08 Dec 2018|
|Designing/ developing/ procuring customized IT based programs (Management Systems) including, among others but not limited to, Anti-Corruption Inquiry, Investigation and Prosecution Management System||Firm - Consulting||Closed||26 Jun 2017||25 Jul 2017|
|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||24 May 2019||TechnoVista Limited (BANGLADESH)||Road No. 9/B, House No. 04, Nikunja-1, D Bangladesh||Anticorruption Commission||Consulting Services||420,709.00||—|
|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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