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A2i

Access to information in Bangladesh or a2i (এটুআই) is a UNDP and USAID-supported Access to Information Programme ran from the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh.

The programme is part of Vision 2021, a political manifesto of the Bangladesh Awami League party before winning the National Elections of 2008. Anir Chowdhury is the current adviser to the a2i Programme. The Programme aims to provide information to the citizens per “Right to Information Act of 2009” and bring about a change in the Bangladesh Civil Service to a citizen-centric service delivery system.

In May 2015, a2i signed a deal with the Norway-based telecommunications company Telenor Digital to develop digital services of the government in order to make public and private services to become more accessible to the people in remote areas.

In January 2016, Microsoft Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a2i programme with a view to providing training on computer hardware and software use to Bangladeshi women entrepreneurs in 5,273 digital centers nationwide.

The project won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award in 2014 and 2015.

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