Just great!
Thanks to all who kept on working to this important mark.

Alice.


On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM, Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Wow. Thank you, Lane, for spelling out the difficulty of making this
> happen. It really places this accomplishment in context. It sounds like it
> is more than a free knowledge win, it's also a win for Bangladesh civil
> society.
>
> Well done all! What an accomplishment. Wow. Congratulations.
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM, Lane Rasberry <l...@bluerasberry.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > Ali is being modest.
> >
> > Not only is Wikimedia Bangladesh among only the 5% who got NGO
> > registration, but they are also among the 1% to do it without paying
> anyone
> > a bribe. I have heard that they were asked for money many times to make
> > things go more quickly. Perhaps people outside the region do not know,
> but
> > there are a lot of desks that all want to stamp the registration papers
> > before giving the final approval. For a foreign-affiliated Internet
> > technology organization mostly run by younger people who have a
> > relationship to a major Internet property to be able to get a
> registration
> > without paying any bribe is probably unprecedented in the history of
> South
> > Asia. Getting a registration is something to be proud of, but getting it
> > completely honestly means that a lot of extra work went into the
> > registration just to keep a good reputation.
> >
> > I am thrilled with the good example this sets and not only is having the
> > registration a wonderful thing for the Wikimedia community, but also this
> > shows an excellent precedent for all Bangladeshi community activists
> > because they have a bright example in Wikimedia Bangladesh that paying a
> > bribe is not necessary to get an NGO registration. This is really
> something
> > to publicize, stress, and note as a point of pride. No one should forget
> > this as it really takes a lot of sacrifices to do this without bribing
> and
> > in terms of cost, it actually is cheaper to save time and pay the bribes.
> >
> > I hope that this encourages other organizations in Bangladesh to also
> file
> > their own NGO paperwork and accomplish whatever they feel ought to be
> done.
> >
> > Congratulations a thousand times!
> >
> > yours,
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) <
> nemow...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Tonmoy Khan, 10/06/2014 19:28:
> > >
> > >  less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
> > >> approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012
> > >>
> > >
> > > That's heroic, thanks.
> > >
> > > Nemo
> > >
> > >
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