Friday, August 24, 2012

14th Annual General Meeting of Humanitywatch: Commitment of Voluntarism and Professionalism together

All of the Guests, Advisers, Members and Alternative Members of Humanitywatch

'We have started our journey with Blood Donation and Emergency Relief Support, but now we are working on several issues which are related with basic and traditional human rights of the common people of Bangladesh', Humanitywatch Chief Executive Hasan Mehedi started his Annual Report presentation with this words after Inauguration with national anthem and organisational song 'Sorbo Sadhon Siddho Hoy Tar, Bhobe Manush Guru Nishtha Jar' by traditioanl Baul song of Lalon Fakir in the 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Humanitywatch.
Humanitywatch advisers professor Anowarul Quadir (environmental economist), advocate Firoz Ahmed (civic leader), Dr. Dilip Kumar Datta (former Head, Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University), SA Rashid (General Secretary, CPB, Khulna) and guests Mohammad Asaduzzaman Taj (Asia regional logistic coordinator, Oxfam), M Amanur Rahman (deputy director, Actionaid Bangladesh) and Swapon Kumar Biswas (Executive Director, Dalit) participated in the AGM along with the members and alternative members of the organisation.
The first session presided by the chairperson Sazzadur Rahim Pantha and started with condolence proposal by former vice chairperson Tariq Rahman. After that, General Secretary Hasan Mehedi presented the annual progress report.
The Guests and Advisors of the AGM (from left) M.
Asaduzzaman, Advocate Firoz Ahmed, Sazzdur Rahim Pantha,
Professor Anowarul Quadir, Dr. Dilip Datta and M Amanur
The General Secretary paid thanks to funder and partner organisations including Actionaid Bangladesh (AAB), Bangladesh Agricultural Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Centre for Education and Culture (CEC), Community Development Library (CDL), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), International Accountability Project (IAP), Local Environment, Development and Agricultural Research Society (LEDARS), Manab Seba O Samajik Unnayan Sangstha (MSSUS), Nagorik Sanghati, Oxfam, Participatory Research adn Action Network (PRAN), SHAREE and Uttaran.
He also paid thanks to the forums and networks where humanitywatch is involved and recognised as one of the valuable members including Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Equity and Justice Working Group-Bangladesh (Equitybd), Jubilee South APMDD, Mangrove Action Project and NGO Forum on ADB. He also mentioned that Humanitywatch is currently leading Bonojibi Odhikar Suraksha Mancho (BOSM), Coastal Livelihood, Ecology and Adaptation Network (CLEAN) and Sundarbans Watch Group (SWG). Along with these three permanent forums, Humanitywatch has been leading other two informal forums namely Aila Durgata Sanghati Mancho (Aila Victims Solidarity Platform) and Peoples Forum against Water Logging.
Executive Committee members of Humanitywatch (from left)
Shahnaz Parveen, Saroj Das Pintu, Sazzadur Rahim Pantha
Kushal Roy, Shariful Islam Salim and Hasan Mehedi
The Secretary informed that Humanitywatch has allies organisations in Barguna, Barisal, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Gaibandha, Narail, Noakhali, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Satkhira, Sunamganj and Sylhet who are playing vital role to carry out Humanitywatch's programs all over Bangladesh.
In his annual report, Mr. Hasan Mehedi showed that Humanitywatch have some significant success in last years: (a) Humanitywatch members has donated more than 10 thousand bags of voluntary blood to the patients (b) A number of forest people has got identity as forest people through voter list (c) After a long campaign, the government reconstructed cyclone Aila damaged embankments in 2011 and completed the work in 2012 (d) After a year-long campaign with other partnering organisations, the government finalised the Disaster Management Act in July 2012 and seems to be passed in within September 2012 (e) Government has allocated 261 crore Bangladesh Taka (BDT) for reducing water logging in south-west coastal zone after a campaign on water logging with other organisations (f) Humanitywatch has published more than 17 books, booklets and study reports some of which got attention of academicians and development practitioners (g) Humanitywatch became a resource hub for climate change activists through its research and campaign (h) More than 1000 farmers and another thousand fishermen families is going to get access in Kacha canal of Dacope as the Union Parishad and Upazila Parishad decided formally to open the canal with their own cost in response of our campaign to open the canal.
In the report, annual turn-over is shown as 2.17 million BDT where funders/partners contributions are from Oxfam 41.6%, PRAN 10.17%, Uttaran 23.29%, PAI 12.87% NGO Forum on ADB 4.59%, Equitybd 2.83%, IAP 2.3%, SHAREE 1.88%, BELA 0.45% and MSSUS 0.03%.

After guests and advisers speech, vice chairperson Saroj Das Pintu and Kushal Roy, assistant secretary Shariful Islam Salim, executive member Palash Das and Shahnaz Parveen addressed the members. Among the members Zia Hasan Sumon, Arif Hossain, Nazneen Akter, Tariq Rahman, Mizanur Rahman Milon and Akbar Hossain shared their views on future plan of Humanitywatch.

After a long discussion, immediate opening of the website, reviving blood donation activities, fellowship for the students and enlisting new membership has taken as crash program. The meeting also approved the activities of last 2 years and future plan of 2012-13 including the policies and guidelines of the office.

The meeting closed with the speech of the chairperson Sazzadur Rahim Pantha.