The relatively open civic space has played a major role in Bangladesh’s successful economic growth and development, the UK parliament has said.
In a recent report on the UK’s role in development of Bangladesh, the parliament also commended how the authorities and local communities in Bangladesh have pursued an open border policy for Rohingya people with generosity and compassion.
The report on UK’s role in development in Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis also praised how the local NGOs, including BRAC, have helped the UK in making meaningful contributions to improve the current Rohingya situation, said a press release.
The UK government has continued to strengthen efforts to persuade the international community to fully shoulder the responsibilities of the displaced Rohingya population, said a summary of the report available on the website of the UK parliament.
The UK parliament also recognised the recent graduation of Bangladesh into the lower-income status as a country, adding that it was a success story resulting from many years of sustained economic growth.
‘There was a lot of energy and confidence in the people we met, the projects we visited and the places we travelled through,’ BRAC said quoting the summary of the report.
The report that sought to review the performance of UKAID’s contributions to Bangladesh particularly praised BRAC, Bangladesh’s homegrown development facility, now the biggest NGO in the world, and lauded the strategic partnership between the UK government’s Department of International Development and BRAC.
It also said that the outcomes of the partnership between DFID and BRAC in handling the Rohingya crisis and also in forwarding the overall development of Bangladesh should be ‘replicated where appropriate’.
Earlier this year, BRAC’s senior director of communication, strategy and empowerment, Asif Saleh, travelled to the UK to give evidence in person to the committee dealing with the report.
BRAC also submitted written evidence to help the committee with their inquiry, it said.