As global civil society organisations have expressed their concern over the shrinking of their spaces in the global development process, Bangladeshi CSOs have called for an effective and enabling environment as equal level development partnership.
The concern and the call came at a seminar titled ‘Bangladeshi CSO Dialogue with GPEDC, Realising Enhancing Development Cooperation and the SDGs: Bangladesh Perspectives’ jointly organised by CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness group in Bangladesh and COAST Trust at a hotel in Dhaka on Tuesday.
State minister for finance and planning Abdul Mannan was present as the chief gust at the programme chaired by PKSF chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, executive director of COAST Trust, moderated the seminar supported by the Development Effectiveness Wing of Economic Relations Division.
CSO leaders from various countries and some steering committee members of Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation participated in the event.
In his speech, Mannan said the government is very keen to ensure engagement of CSOs in the development process. ‘We believe it is very much important to realise the SDGs. To achieve the SDGs, international communities have also huge responsibilities,’ he said.
Kholiquzzaman said the CSO engagement in any development process is very much vital for ensuring sustainability and effectiveness. ‘The government should create spaces for the CSOs and CSOs should involve mass people and should be accountable to them in all sorts of development efforts as much as possible,’ he said.
Nabine Gbossa, head of division of global partnerships and policies, OECD, expressed worries that CSO spaces are shrinking.
Rezaual Karim presented the historical journey of the aid effectiveness to development effectiveness.
He presented the glimpse of the various processes like the International Conference on Financing for Development, Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, High Level Forums on Aid Effectiveness.
The COAST Trust executive director said the climate change and Rohingya refugees will be two major development challenges for Bangladesh in achieving the SDGs.
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