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NGO networks stress long term planning in coronavirus response

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NGO networks stress long term planning in coronavirus response

NGO networks stress long term planning in coronavirus response

NGOs in Bangladesh have asked for strong coordination between local government and NGOs, especially at the district level with long-term planning, which require coordination space for NGOs.

NGO networks BDCSO process, CCNF (Cox's Bazar CSO NGO Forum) Disaster Forum, NAHAB (National Alliance for Humanitarian Actors in Bangladesh) and NIRAPAD (Network for Information, Response and Preparedness, Activities on Disaster) along with ADAB (Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh) and FNB (Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh) held  a virtual conference on Sunday title “NGOs in Corona Response in Bangladesh”. 

NGOs through the conference have given an account up to 25th May that they have reached 14.8 million beneficiaries. 

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of BDCSO Process conducted the briefing while NAHAB technical advisor Abdul Latif Khan presented the study findings. 

Dr Ehsanur Rahman of NAHAB, Nayeem Gowhar Warha of Disaster Forum, Abu Morshed Chowdhury and Mr Bimol Sarkar of CCNF, Hasina Akhter Mita of NIRAPAD,  Jashim Uddin ADAB and Mr Rafiqul Islam of FNB, among others, spoke.

Abdul Latif Khan in his presentation said that NGOs have spent Taka 1.56 billion, where 10% (0.15 billion) is from own local resource mobilization as a fast responder. Among them 56% are non-micro finance NGOs, rest are micro finance based NGOs. Support has been provided at 49 districts under 8 divisions by 212 national and local NGOs. 

"Most of the work were carried out in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Chattogram, Khulna and Dhaka divisions. Major NGOs’ gave concentration in Khulna division. Most of the support given as awareness, second highest support was on food, then health and then cash. Soap and hand wash support was on top, then in second are emergency food items and mask, in third it is leaflet, and then in fourth it is PPE (Personal Protective Equipment),” he said.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of BDCSO process said this is the process to highlight local and national NGOs as fast responder even without donor support. 

Dr Ehsanur of NAHAB said that since the NGO response at local level is a continuous process we shall keep updating on the efforts of NGO actors. 

Nayeem Gowhar Warha of Disaster Forum urged for strong coordination between local government and NGOs especially in district level with long term planning, which require coordination space for NGOs. 

Abu Morshed Chowdhury of CCNF said that donor should give direct funding to local and national NGOs while INGOs (international NGOs) and UN agencies role should only be limited in monitoring and technical assistance. They should fulfill their commitment on localization, he added. 

Hasina Akhter Mita of NIRAPAD said that NGOs are the best to reach remote area and marginalized section of population. 

Bimol Dey Sarker of CCNF elaborated how local NGOs in Cox’s Bazar supported relief, health and awareness activities from own fund both in refugee and host community, especially funding to Deputy Commissioner’s initiatives.

Jasim Uddin of ADAB said that government must understand the benefit of involvement NGOs and local government as the impact of corona is long term and multifaceted. 

Rafiqul Islam of FNB said government should not go alone and health sector should get high priority in our planning.


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