Only 30pc foreign aid go to Rohingyas: Study
Published : Sunday, 16 May, 2021 at 6:53 PM Count : 838
CCNF (Cox’s Bazar CSO NGO Forum), a network of 50 local non-government organizations (NGOs) working in Cox’s Bazar, on Sunday claimed there is lack of transparency in distributing foreign aids come for Rohingyas taken shelter in Bangladesh. Less than 30 percent funds go to the Rohingyas while only four percent of the aids are distributed through local NGOs.
The disclosure was made at a press conference organized on Sunday on the eve of lunching of the ‘Joint Response Plan (JRP) 2021 for Rohingya Response Management and Strategy’.
The UN agencies in Rohingya response has prepared the plan and likely to be lunched on May 18 (Tuesday) this year.
In the virtual press conference title “Joint Response Plan (JRP) 2021, Rohingya Response Management and Strategy, Hardly Fit for the Purpose and Futuristic”, the CCNF leaders claimed that there should be aid transparency as CCNF study found that US$ 438 comes per month for every Rohingya family. But, only US$ 132 goes to the families.
“Only four percent of the aid goes through local NGOs while the rests goes through INGOs. But, there is huge lack of transparency in its distribution. There should be a system of technical knowledge transfer, so that there will be no necessity of foreign workers in this sector by 2021,” Chief Executive of YPSA Arifur Rahman, also member of CCNF, said in the press conference.
CCNF Co-Chair Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, also executive director of COAST, moderated the press conference while CCNF Co-Chair Abu Morshed Chowdhury, also executive director PHALS, presented keynote paper.
YPSA Chief Executive Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive of Mukti Coxbazar Bimal Chandra Dey Sarker and Joint Director of COAST Mujibul Haque Munir also spoke the event.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said during the preparation of JRP or Rohingya response plan 2021 on behalf of local and national NGOs, they have given written suggestions holding webinar with the local MPs, local government and UN representatives. But opinions of the locals have little reflected in the document.
Moshed Chowdhury said there are three separate lines for coordinating Rohingya management – ISCG, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner and local DC (Deputy Commissioner) office. There should be single line authority for coordination with single pot fund management.
Citing a recent study, Mubjibul Munir said every 21,000 refugees leave 3.3 tons of waste every day, where most are plastics. As a result, water crisis has been created in Ukhiya and Teknaf. Use of plastic materials should be banned and river water should be purified for supplying water for the refugees.