Speakers demanded rights based post 2015 development framework
A civil society dialogue on `Post2015 agenda : sustainable development and people’s priorities from the ground’ was held at Barisal, Bangladesh on 24 December 2012. The dialogue jointly organized by VOICE, Beyond 2015 Bangladesh Hub and Speed Trust, Barisal was attended by the members of the civil society and communities while it discussed about the ongoing process of post 2015 and drew priorities for post2015 development framework from the ground realities.
Speakers demanded to make post 2015 development agenda equitable through people’s participation considering the vulnerability and ground realities of the people living with poverty. They urged the UN and government to undertake special measures to ensure sustainable development goals putting rights based approach in shaping post 2015 development framework.
Speakers also demanded donor agencies to align and harmonize their activities to avoid competitions and to be refraining from service overlapping. There should also be more transparency and accountability in delivering services to the communities for whom development is meant. Speakers also urged to continue MDGs unfinished business and remove the root causes for poverty and injustice.
Participates also stressed the need to learn from past experience and modify development activities accordingly. Political participation and commitments are found key to lead the post 2015 framework while speakers mentioned a social behavioral change in attitude can make development effective.
Speakers also demanded that the major political parties should come forward to realize the needs of the people and engage in policy actions accordingly to resolve the crisis like climate change vulnerability, food and power crisis, inequality and social discrimination. Participants argued that the government is too centralized and, local government should be given more power to make decisions and have more control over programs and projects with the communities and local stakeholders.
Among the panelists, MD. Mahbubul Islam, Deputy Director, Department of Social Services, AH Towfique Ahmed, Head of Zone Office, UNICEF Barisal Division, Dr. Sayed Habibur Rahman, Fazilatun Nessa of UNDP, Ahmed Sawpan Mamud, Executive Director of VOICE, AHM Shamsul Islam Dipu, Mission Head of SpeedTrust spoke on the programme.
The dialogue emphasized people’s driven development and people’s active and equal participation in post 2015 development framework.