Call to tap grassroots voice in SDG delivery

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 20 May 2017, 20:29:42 | Updated : 20 May 2017, 20:42:49
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Call to tap grassroots voice in SDG delivery

The Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh Saturday co-hosted a citizen dialogue with The Hunger Project to tap the grassroots voice regarding SDGs delivery in the country.

The citizen dialogue titled ‘Community intervention for SDG Delivery: Listening to the Grassroots Voices’ was held at the CSS Ava Centre, Khulna.

The dialogue was widely attended by academics, economists, social workers, business leaders, politicians and other professionals from the Khulna Division. 

Khulna City Corporation Mayor Md. Moniruzzaman Moni and Divisional Commissioner of Khulna Md. Abdus Samad were present as the special guests.

Core Group Member of SDG Platform and Vice-Chairperson of BRAC Dr Mustaque Raza Chowdhury shared his views as on the theme of the dialogue which was chaired by Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Convenor, Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh and Distinguished Fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

Country Director of The Hunger Project Dr Baidul Alam Majumdar in his presentation highlighted the different awareness of the 2030 Agenda focusing on Goal 16 dealing with rule of law and institutions, human rights and good governance. He also emphasised the need to engage government officials, local government representatives, and conscious citizens in a development partnership. He further elaborated some successful field level models in this regard. 

A wide range of stakeholders, participating in the discussion, provided local level experiences regarding challenges faced by elected members of the union council, upazila and city corporations in discharging their duties. They recommended amendments of the relevant legislations, reforms of mandates and duties and their improvement of financial management related capacity. They also underscored the need to elect honest and competent people to the local government bodies. 

The participants also drew attention of the policy makers to develop Khulna and the coastal region taking note of its vulnerable ecosystem. 
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