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Up to 200,000 coastal people may be forced to migrate annually to the country’s inland areas to find alternative livelihoods due to climate change induced salinity and sea level rises, according to a new study.
Researchers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Ohio State University jointly conducted the study examining for the first time the complex relationship between flooding, soil salinity, rural livelihood and migration, along with providing some adaptation strategies.
The study, “Coastal Climate Change, Soil Salinity and Human Migration in Bangladesh” was conducted last year and was based on two different datasets collected in 2003-2011 and 2005-2010. Coauthored by IFPRI’s Valerie Mueller from IFPRI and Joyce Chen from Ohio State University, the study was released yesterday. [Click here full report] [Report Download]

This document states the background, process, principal premise and major expectations of Bangladeshi NGOs from INGOs (International NGO), Donors and UN agencies in view of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and the Grand Bargain (GB)policy outcomes and in view of the discussions on ‘development effectiveness’ (DE). These three global policy discourses give importance to the role of civil society / NGOs and especially the primacy of local civil society in respect of promoting a humanitarian and democratic society.
We are Bangladeshi national and local non-government organization (NNGO/LNGO) or civil societies working with innational boundaries with a home grown or indigenous background. In the whole document where we have used the term NNGOs, it’s also includes the interest of the LNGOs, but in specific issues where it is appropriate we have used the term LNGO. We do both humanitarian and development activities, [Click here for full report]

October 03, 2017.  Cox’s Bazar. Today International Council of Voluntary Association (ICVA) organized a meeting of local, national and international NGOs with Mr. Mark Lowcoock, UN Emergency Coordinator and Under Secretary General of OCHA. The meeting was organised in the Ocean Paradise Hotel in Cox’s Bazar. Five invited local NGOs / CSOs namely Pulse, YPSA, MUKTI, PHALS and COAST submitted a joint memorandum, where they urged UN agencies to  abandon direct operation. They also demanded that,  UN agency must avoid tendency of handling the Rohingya crisis single handedly or in monopoly way via any national NGO. They said, it is needed for diversity and innovation and also for local CSOs/NGOs development. It should be noted that these five NGOs are the first responder with relief for the Rohingya refugees recently fled from Myanmar. The group also demanded ISCG (Inter Sectoral Coordination Group) should give access to the local NGO/CSOs, there should be a price coordination among all NGOs, IFRC and UN agencies as local NGOs facing the uneven competition in respect of hiring ware houses, recruiting staff, offices and others in locality. The group also said, as they are trying to develop Cox’s Bazar community responsive to human and refugee right, UN, Development Partners and INGOs must consider to work with host community too, as these community already facing the brunt of extra inflation, high price of commodities, ecological degradation, ground water fall, surface water contamination and stiff competition in employment and in natural resources. The group reminded WHS (World Humanitarian Summit), the Grand Bargain (GB) and the Development Effectiveness (DE) outcomes, where localization and accountability is the prime concern.

Please find the memo which contains 20 demands from Bangldeshi NGOs in this regard.

Download Related Paper [Charter of Expectations from Bangladeshi NGOs in view of WHS GB and DE] [Cox’s Bazar NGO Coordination Process and Civil Society]

IndexIn September 2015, heads of states and governments met at the UN (United Nation) headquarter in New York and agreed on a new generation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets to succeed the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and to guide global development over the next 15 years till 2030. Before the SDGs, the MDGs were the first ever global blueprint for fighting poverty on such scale. When the Millennium Declaration was adopted in September 2000, no one perhaps had any illusion that it would be managed and able to address global problems. Nevertheless, over time, MDGs have achieved notable progress in many global issues and also have given the hope to create a new world within existing means. That’s why the 2030 Agenda for SDGs has also offered a set of bold, ambitious and innovative package to transform the world. Therefore, the expectations around the goals are high. The experience with the MDGs implies that, Bangladesh has many reasons to feel excited about the promises that are beckoning us for another decade and a half. Download document [SDG and Country Process in Bangladesh_EquityBD Campaign Paper] as PDF

Paper_Illicit Flow & Pol Economy_English-1Illicit capital flow from Bangladesh has been one of the crucial issues both in the politics and socio economic sector of Bangladesh. Every year an enormous amount of money is being siphoned off to tax heaven countries illegally. As per latest report-2015 of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) an estimated of US$ 55.88 billion has illicitly been transferred from Bangladesh to foreign countries during the year from 2003 to 2014 which is roughly 1.5 times of the fiscal budget 2015-16 of Bangladesh. Every ear around US$6 billion has been transferred illicitly to other countries and Bangladesh became the 26th no country in the world in respect of illicit financial flow. The highest illicit financial flow has happened in 2013 which is BDT 776 billion ($9.7 billion) which is 12 times more than the foreign aid and 141% excess of foreign loan of FY2015-16.

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IndexCHS support group Bangladesh organized a seminar on February 11, 2016 at BRAC Inn in Dhaka after translating Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) in to Bangla within an inclusive and participatory process. CHS support Group is an informal group representing different humanitarian agencies, academia, sector expert individuals and others. In the seminar Judith Greenwood, Executive Director, CHS Alliance, Geneva expressed her gratitude all for the involvement of translation the standards in local language. She also appreciated that this will assist the grass root staff and affected beneficiaries for better understanding and implementation of the standards in their programs.
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COP21_Climate forced displacement Rights and Obligations_ SeminaTwenty civil society organizations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Pacific organized a seminar titled “Climate Forced Displacements: Rights and Obligations” on 5th December, 2015 at Le Burget, Paris, France. Participating in the discussion, speakers have emphasized on new global order and dedicated UN policy regime for climate induced displaced people. They have urged text in Paris Agreement following the content agreed under Cancun Adaptation Framework’s paragraph 14 sub paragraphs F. The seminar was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD and key note was presented by Ziaul Haque Mukta of CSRL and EquityBD. [Click here full report]

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