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End WB role in BCCRF management by 2013

By farjana - Posted on 12 May 2012

Green and right activists on Thursday demanded an end of World Bank’s role in the management of Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund by 2013.

They expressed their concern that the government was trying to extend the time by five more years to 2018 for management of BCCRF by WB and demanded establishment of an independent body to manage the fund transparently.

They urged to form a democratic ownership of all climate fund managements by enlisting representatives from both ruling and opposition parties, civil society groups, media persons and affected people. 

The demands were raised at a press conference organised at the National Press Club in the city by 17 organisations that are vocal on climate change, environment and rights issues in the country. 

Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, who read out the written speech, said the government had earlier said the WB would help to build capacity in BCCRF management until 2013 in exchange of 1 per cent service charge out of the total grants.

‘But now we hear that the service charge is 4 per cent to 9 per cent,’ he said, alleging that neither the government not the WB is yet to give any specific and clear clarification about the capacity building.

He urged the government for giving specific and clear explanation about the service charge of WB and publishing the full and complete description of BCCRF and WB’s activities through website till date to make the government able to manage the fund.

Swapan also sought the government’s strong political will to come out of the bureaucratic system to lengthen the period of the country’s climate fund management by WB and trick of donor-friendly consultants. 

Online Knowledge Society executive director Prodip K Roy said there should not be any more influence of World Bank in BCCRF after 2013 as the time from 2009 was enough for a country to learn how to manage funds.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of Equity and Justice Working Group, Bangladesh, moderated the press conference.

The conference was attended by representatives from other organizations including Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon, Climate Finance Governance Network, Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood, Climate Change Development Forum, Network for Climate Change in Bangladesh, Arpon, Bangladesh Bhumiheen Somity, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Coastal Development Partnership, Centre for Global Change, Kishani Shoba, Manush Manusher Jonno, Media Foundation for Trade and Development, Sirajgonj Flood Forum and Shurakka O Aggragoti Foundation.

Rights group against WB role in climate resilience fund

Rights groups on Thursday demanded stopping the fiduciary management role of World Bank in Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) by 2013, reports UNB.

The demand came from a press conference jointly organised by six civil society climate networks and 11 organisations at National Press Club in the city.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, Prodip Roy of OK Society, Progoti Chakma of BIPNetCCBD, Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud of VOICE and Khokan Sikder of CDP spoke at the press conference.

The rights activists also demanded forming an independent institution with democratic ownership for all climate fund management and expressed their concern that a conspiracy is going on to extend present role of World Bank in the BCCRF until 2018.

They said the democratic ownership means with participation of representatives from the government and the opposition party, climate victims, local government and media.

The speakers urged the government to make it clear how much service charge the World Bank has currently been taking from the BCCRF (1 to 4 percent or 9 percent).

Their demands also include ensuring transparency in all projects of BCCRF and showing a political will to get rid of conspiracy of donor darling consultants and bureaucrat's nexus who are trying to keep and extend World Bank role for longer.

The networks and organizations, who have organised the press conference, are Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Equity and Justice Working Group (Equity), Network for Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCCB), Arpon, Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity (BBS), Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF), Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Centre for Global Change (CGC), Kishani Shoba, Manush Manusher Jonno, Media Foundation for Trade and Development (MFTD), OK Society, SDO, Sirajgong Flood Forum, Shurakka O Aggragoti Foundation (SAF) and VOICE.

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