Eighteen Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Sunday claimed Bangladesh has fallen into a corruption trap following the climate fund management.

This trap will help the World Bank (WB) to establish control over climate fund, the representatives from the CSOs expressed in their observation.

They urged the government to accumulate all climate funds under a single autonomous board to avoid any trap and keep WB out of climate finance which the LDC nations have been promised.

The civil society rights groups led by EquityBD said these while forming a human chain in front of the National Press Club in city.

Representatives from CSRL, BUP, Humanity Watch, APON, ASOW, Online Knowledge Centre, EquityBD, Lead Trust, NCCB, Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Jatiya Sramik Jote, SIRAC Bangladesh, DCI, PRAN, SDO, SUPRO and VOICE participated in the human wall.

Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD coordinated the progarmme while Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB, Prodip Kumar Roy of Online Knowledge Centre, Syed Aminul Haque of EquityBD, Fakhrul Ferdous of DCI, Mohin Ahmed of Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Farhana Akther of SUPRO, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Prodip Kumar said: "The government has already raised a lot of questions on transparency of climate fund disbursement; but there is hardly any information on what World Bank is doing over Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF)".

He urged the government to consider merger of the two funds-Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF) and BCCRF – in a single fund management to form an autonomous body like PKSF.

Fakhrul Ferdous said it is an international conspiracy to portray Bangladesh's corruption globally so that WB can justify its claim to manage the fund.

Sayed Aminul Haque of EquityBD criticised the present formation of two different climate fund boards, which he termed as government ownership.

He proposed alternative term "democratic ownership". "The board should also consist of members of parliament from opposition, representatives from media, local government and climate victims," he said.

*Published in: Financial Express