Saturday, December 01, 2007

Tiger IT Awarded a follow-on contract for Bangladesh ID & Transparency

Transparency for National ID Card Project in Bangladesh & IT Vendor Selection

BIO-key, Tiger IT Awarded a follow-on contract for Bangladesh ID

This solution is being used to prepare voter rolls and issue national ID cards in preparation for Bangladesh's general elections to be held in 2008.

The initial implementation of the solution has successfully registered and issued national ID cards for nearly 5 million people and demonstrated the creation of local voter rolls for the election.

The registration process, which is designed to be convenient for citizens, incorporates a timesaving pre-registration step as well as scheduled appointment times to enroll each citizen's biometric information including photograph, four fingerprints and signature. The biometric enrollment process takes about 5 to 6 minutes per person.

"Tiger IT's implementation of WEB-key(R) performed above expectations. Operating at more than 1 million matches per second on a single processor, it accurately identified duplicate registrations," said Ziaur Rahman, Managing Director of Tiger

Monday, November 26, 2007

Truth about Bangladeshi NGOs - visibly absent in relief operation

Truth about Bangladeshi NGOs -visibly absent in relief operation

Journalists on the ground reported that the cyclone survivors were shocked at the absence of the NGO's (local development agencies) in rescue and relief operations although they brought foreign donations and grants in the name of the poor, the most affected by the severe storm, which shattered 12 districts and struck 34 of the country's 64 districts.

Bangladesh has the highest number of NGO's in the world, according to an estimate 47,182 of them all, operating with the pledge to bring about changes to the lot of the poor men and women. Of them 45,026 are registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare while, 2,156 with the NGO Bureau. Those registered with NGO Bureau are apparently big organisations and receive foreign funds as grants on a regular basis.

An updated government document shows-foreign grant receiving NGOs received a total of US 211,44,36,800.43 dollars or Tk 14,589,61,39,229.67 till October 31 of the current financial year from 2000-2001 fiscal through the NGO Bureau. The money received by these organisations through unofficial channel during the same period should be double the fund released through the NGO Bureau channel.

According to another report published by a widely read vernacular daily, these NGOs received through unofficial channel US 7,500 crore dollars and US 3,476 crore dollars from 1993 to 2002, which together stands at Tk 1,80,000 crore.
Although there is no exact figure of the total workforce engaged in the NGO sector, it is presumed that about 4,50,000 people are involved with 47,182 or more NGOs operating in every nook and corner of the Republic.

Only a handful of NGOs have so far engaged themselves in relief work till the severe cyclone hit the country from November 15 evening to November 16 morning with a wind speed from 185 kmph to 240 kmph and whipping up 15 to 20 feet tidal surge in some areas of the four worst hit districts.

Most of those participating in relief activities are doing a face saving job and trying to have more press coverage than concentrating on the relief they were engaged in, journalists in the affected areas report.

An economist said the NGOs have to respond to the call of the distressed humanity with utmost sincerity since they receive funds from donors in the name of these people.

Had the NGOs engaged 10 per cent of their workforce in relief work, the number of volunteers from the sector alone would be something around 45,000, he said, adding that the NGO participation in relief activities was near to nil during the two successive floods, which inundated 40 per cent of the country this year.