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Upcoming Event: 'Environment and Climate Change : Role of Asian Development Bank in Bangladesh’

By farjana - Posted on 16 September 2008

VOICE is organizing a day long workshop on 'Environment and Climate Change : Role of Asian Development Bank in Bangladesh’

Day: Tuesday 23 September 2008
Time: 9:00am-6:00pm
Location: Dhaka

The objective of the workshop is to examine the neo-liberal perspective--the policies and projects of international financial organizations (IFIs), and in particular to analyze the role of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Speaker: Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director,VOICE, Avlash Raul, NGO Forum on ADB, Dr. Piash Karim, Brac University

The workshop will involve NGOs/CSOs from both national and local levels who are engaged in the relevant field.

Please contact us for more information! (email:, Mobile: 01712-990078)

Climate change under neoliberal capitalism

By farjana - Posted on 11 September 2008

There is little doubt that climate change is happening. As countries and international organisations ponder over how resolve an impending crisis brought about by global warming, they should also stop to consider whether the prevailing market oriented economy makes enough of an allowance to arrive at sustainable and genuine measures to contain this impending crisis… writes Ahmed Swapan Mahmud

Statement on Climate Change

By farjana - Posted on 11 September 2008

VOICE/ Aid Accountability Group/ Right to Food Movement
Statement on Climate Change
[Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 2008]

London Conference on Climate Change is taking place on September 10 2008 for strategic decision to overcome climate change crisis. A Multi-donor Trust Fund is to be initiated as discussed in an earlier conference by UK government’s Department for International Development held in Dhaka in March 2008. Bangladesh government will present a paper titled Climate Change Strategy and Action for Bangladesh in London Conference. This statement expresses some critical concerns toward London Conference and calls stakeholders at all levels including development actors, socialmovement groups, indigenous communities, fisher folks, farmers, women, human rights activists, professional bodies, trade unions, NGOs, CSOs, communities,vulnerable and marginalized groups, citizens and political actors for endorsement.

Climate Context
The disastrous consequence of climate change has already threatened the planet and global communities. However, the strong resistance is presence among the northern as well as southern communities to change the existing system of over consumption

VOICE organized a press conference 'End Policy Conditionalities, Ensure Democratic Ownership'

By farjana - Posted on 28 August 2008

No strings with foreign aid demanded

Social and development activists on Monday called for bringing an end to conditions in taking foreign aid and ensure a transparent, accountable and coordinated process based on the UN charter.

Representatives of a number of organisations, under the banner of Aid Accountability Group, expressed their concern over the issue at a news conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, organised ahead of the ministerial meeting on ‘effectiveness of foreign aid’ to be held in Ghanaian capital Accra in September 2-4.

The speakers warned that the US and the World Bank at the Accra meeting would try to establish the dominance of the lenders in setting terms and conditions for providing foreign assistance to developing countries.

Alongside the ministerial meeting, citizens’ organisation from all over the world will also meet in Accra from August 31 to September 1 to discuss how foreign assistance can be made more effective in the development process of a country.
The coordinator of the Aid Accountability Group, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, also the executive director of Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment, stressed ensuring ‘democratic ownership’ of foreign aid.

Multi-stakeholder national consultation on CSOs and aid effectiveness: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT

By farjana - Posted on 13 July 2008


Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) play important roles in development. They are also important and distinctive contributors to aid effectiveness as a function of their independence, their advocacy and watchdog roles, their close connections to the poor or their effectiveness as channels for aid delivery.

As development actors, CSOs share an interest in the concept of aid effectiveness as an important one for keeping development efforts on-track, for drawing attention to outcome and impact level results, and for drawing lessons of good practice from accumulated experience. The shared pursuit of aid effectiveness provides a legitimate entry point for dialogue among all development cooperation actors, including CSOs. Recent discussions involving civil society and the Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (DAC) in Paris indicate that there is considerable interest in engaging in this sort of dialogue.

The March 2005 Paris DAC represents a landmark achievement for the international community, which brings together a number of key principles and commitments in a coherent way. It includes a framework for mutual accountability, and identifies a number of indicators for tracking progress on the part of donors and partner countries.

VOICE national consultation on 'Road to Accra: Paris Declaration and Aid Effectiveness'

By farjana - Posted on 10 July 2008

Multi-stakeholders discussion held: Effective use of foreign aid helps reduce poverty

Staff Reporter, 10 July 2008 -
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged donors and recipient countries to reform and properly manage foreign aid in order to improve its effectiveness.They however, said that widening of tax net and proper investment of foreign remittances could significantly help reduce the country's aid dependency.

If the necessary reforms were carried out in the utilization of foreign aid then it would reduce poverty, inequality, accelerate economic growth, build capacity and enhance the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), they added.


ADB's Long Term Strategic Framework Criticized for its Anti-poor Stand and Corporate Bias

By farjana - Posted on 21 June 2008

[VOICE, Dhaka, 19 June 2008]

Speakers in a meeting strongly criticized the Long Term Strategic Framework (LTSF) for 2008-2020 of Asian Development Bank for its anti-poor stand showing blanket biasness toward private sector led development. The meeting was organized by a research organization ‘Voice’ in the Supro conference room on 19 June 2008. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of Voice moderated the meeting while it was attended by civil society organizations, trade unionists, farmers’ organizations, NGOs, students, activist groups and civil society actors.

Farjana Akter, programme coordinator of Voice presented the key note speech terming the long term strategy as anti-poor. She said that the ADB is far behind its commitment to reduce poverty, rather its involvement with corporate sector makes the poverty situation worsen in the region.