Saturday, September 08, 2012

'Delhi Chalo' Campaign Kicked Off by Bangladesh Chapter of NGO Forum on ADB

Bangladesh has been supported by various developmental agencies since its birth. This developmental aid model has taken lead by World Bank and ADB. While the World Bank was being sued, the ADB has been critically evaluated its supported projects by common citizen and CSOs in Bangladesh. Looking at increasing role of ADB in Bangladesh, more than 23 member organizations of NGO Forum on ADB sat together and devised a short term and long-term strategic plan in Khulna for the first time.
“It's a wonderful moment when we, the maximum members of Bangladesh join here to develop an advocacy strategy and action plan. We must work together to make it successful.” – said Mr. Amit Ranjan Dey, the Coordinator of Nagorik Uddyog.
The two days elaborated an extensive consultation among the groups and produced a one-year strategic plan for the members with a steering committee to manage the implementation of the strategic plan. The said meeting allowed Bangladesh chapter to form a Steering Committee of 7 members and 4 thematic groups on Water, Climate change, Agriculture, and Energy.
The first day consultation,  facilitated by Dr. Avilash Roul, was devised to abreast the policies of ADB including the latest Safeguard Policy Statement, Public Communication Policy, Accountability Mechanism Policy, Water Policy and Agriculture, Water, Climate Change and Power sector in Bangladesh with last decades campaign and advocacies on ADB’s critical projects and programs. It has been discussed at length on the strengths and weakness of the CSOs as well as the network for better understanding of the present tumultuous time of development and governance in the context of local, regional and global scenario. The experts delivered the key available or existing tools on the campaign and advocacy on ADB Policies, Programs and Projects.
Shariful Islam Salim of Humanitywatch questioned on whether ADB's loan in Climate Change through PPCR is legal or not, because Bangladesh Climate Change Policy strictly expressed that the country doesn't take any loan for adaptation nor mitigation.
The Second day, facilitated by Ziaul Hoque Mukta, delved into preparing a yearlong strategy to demand for sustainable participatory development for most vulnerable country. In a remarkable inclusive fashion, members present during the consultation zeroed in key thematic issues such as water, agriculture and natural resources, climate change and Power. A steering committee formed to steer the campaign on these issues and lead the network towards the ADB Annual General Meeting in Delhi 2013.
“This platform is the best place to integrate both groups, because many of the groups are campaigning against ADB while some other groups are working to reform it in favour of the people”, said Mr. M Aamanur Rahman, Deputy Director of ActionAid Bangladesh.
The 'Delhi Chalo' campaign kick starts by the Bangladesh members of Forum with élan of four case studies on devastating projects of ADB in Agriculture, Water, Climate Change and Energy Sector, and a peoples tribunal on ADB.
See detail here: http://www.forum-adb.org/inner.php?sec=4&id=256&b=1