Nazmus Sakib Bin Mustafa, who leads his local YES group, was 11 when he first realized he wanted to make a difference. “I saw a flyer from Transparency International Bangladesh at school, explaining how much money was used for corruption in Bangladesh. That was enough to keep over 10,000 schools running and help thousands of vulnerable people. I was shocked and knew I wanted to do something to stop the corruption.
He joined his local YES group as soon as he turned 15 – the minimum age required to join. Now 21, Nazmus is leading anti-corruption efforts in his community.
In addition to investigating government programs, Nazmus and its fellow YES members also host government service information fairs and provide pop-up advice desks to guide people through filling out information requests. They check official government web portals and lobby for outdated information to be corrected.
YES groups across the country have used a variety of creative approaches to get their message across – from cartoon exhibitions at cycle rallies. COVID-19 prompted them to move online, but they have since continued to work in the field.
When YES members reach the age limit of 27, they can join the Young Professionals Against Corruption network. When they reach the age of 30, they can also join the concerned citizens’ committees or the active citizens’ group, which are also supported by Transparency International Bangladesh. This way, they can continue to promote integrity in their workplace and in their community.
“In my experience,” says Nazmus, “youth all over the world think the same way. They dream of creating a society without corruption, a country without corruption, a world without corruption.