Non-governmental development organisation BRAC hosted a webinar titled ‘Breaking the barriers of poverty: New priorities in poverty reduction in the backdrop of COVID-19’ marking International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Saturday.
The event’s objective was to draw attention to the initiatives that the government and development partners are taking to attain Sustainable Development Goal 1— No poverty— especially now as the economic recovery efforts of COVID-19 are underway.
Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, Bangladesh development director Judith Herbertson, World Bank country director, Bangladesh and Bhutan Mercy Miyang Tembon, former WB senior adviser Syed M Hashemi, and Microfinance and Ultra-Poor Graduation, BRAC and BRAC International Shameran Abed attended the event.
BRAC chairperson and former adviser to the caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman chaired the virtual seminar, said a press release on Sunday.
Mercy Miyang in her discussion said, ‘Bangladesh has a very good policy. What is required is effective implementation on the ground and utilisation of resources. More opportunity has to be created in the economy, and vulnerable people can use social safety nets to build their resilience against disasters.’
Judith Herbertson, while complementing Bangladeshi peoples’ resilience, mentioned that more focus needs to be on the right targeting social safety net programs. She emphasised innovation and the government’s various development planning during COVID-19 pandemics.
Hossain Zillur Rahman in his said, ‘We need to bring in social justice and tolerance as an aspect of poverty reduction. We have to look beyond good policies and understand policy understanding gaps and our limitations.’
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