“Create social capital, the need of the day”

Localization, inclusiveness and tolerance are necessary to build social capital, which is necessary for sustainable development in Bangladesh, speakers said at an annual virtual conference on Wednesday.

Social capital should be based on four tenets of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 9171 and international commitments such as the Grand Bargain, Development Effectiveness and the Charter for Change, they said on the closing day. Bangladesh NGO-CSO coordination process (BDCSO process). annual virtual conference.

Dr Atiur Rahman, former Governor of the Bank of Bangladesh and Executive Director of Unnayan Shamannay, chaired the program.

Judith Herbertson, Director of Development at the British High Commission in Dhaka, Ignacio Packer, Executive Director of the International Council of Voluntary Associations, and Johannes van der Klaauw, Country Representative of UNHCR Bangladesh, attended the conference as key guests.

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Atiur said: “Although there is vaccine apartheid and many conflicts in the world, it is a matter of pride that Bangladesh, with its limited capacity, has given refuge to millions of Rohingyas. There is little effort from international actors and developed countries for repatriation. It’s a huge strain on our economy, but we care about their dignity. “

Johannes said they attach great importance to the repatriation of the Rohingya. “UNHCR is fully with the government to contain criminal activity in the camp.

Judith said: “The British are committed to helping localization and local civil society. There are already joint needs assessment and coordination structures with local NGOs / CSOs. And the UK government wants to see a vibrant civil society here.

Sudhanshu Shekar Sing, Executive Director of Humanitarian Aid International India, Sharif Jamil, Secretary General of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon, Murshed Alam Sarker, Chairman of Credit Development Forum, joined the conference as special guests.

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Murshed Alam Sarker said international actors should not focus on the capacity gap of Bangladeshi CSOs / NGOs. “They should instead leave operational management to local NGOs.”

AHM Bazlur Rahman, Managing Director of the Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio and Communication, said: “Localization is also needed to prepare NGOs for the post-PMA Bangladesh graduation.

The three-day annual meeting of the network of around 600 local and national NGO-CSOs started on 23 October and ended yesterday.

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