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Speakers demanded reduce inequality in the Post 2015 Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 24 May 2014


A national seminar on `Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’ has been held on 24 May at National Press Club, Dhaka while it was attended by a large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, students. Organzied by VOICE, a rights based organization and Beyond 2015, the seminar was presided over by eminent economist Dr. Kazi Khaliquzzaman while Rustom Ali Foraji, MP, Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, executive director of Unnayan Onneshan, and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE spoke at the seminar among others. Farjana Akter, coordinator of VOICE presented a key discussion paper. 

National Seminar on Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 20 May 2014

VOICE cordially invites you to attend a national seminar on `Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’ which will be held on:

 Date: 24 May 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: VIP Lounge, National Press Club, Dhaka.

The seminar aims at addressing the lesion learnt and challenges of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reconfirming rights, recognizing challenges and redefining new goals from civil society perspective contributing to the Post-2015 Development Framework.

 The United Nations has initiated discussions for the Post Development Framework as the MDGs will take an end in 2015. Governments, different stakeholders including NGOs and civil society organizations etc, are in active discussion on future development agenda contributing to the UN process.

 The seminar will bring a wide range of stakeholders including civil society, NGOs, rights groups, women, trade unions, economists, business groups, researchers, academicians, media etc.

 We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion on post 2015 development framework.


ICT Act Amendment 2013 will affect right to privacy and freedom of expression

By farjana - Posted on 22 September 2013

[Dhaka, 22 September 2013] Speakers told that the ICT Act (amendment) 2013 sharply conflicts with Bangladesh Constitution’s Article 39 and 43 which guarantee freedom of expression and right to privacy respectively. Terming it as a ‘black law’, speakers urged the government not to enact as a law. A press conference titled ‘ICT Act (Amendment) 2013: Challenges for Right to Privacy and Freedom of Expression’ was held by VOICE in the city’s national press club today while it was jointly collaborated with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Shangbadik forum, Campaign on Citizen’s Right to Information, Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum, Blog, Online Knowledge Society, Shushashoner Jonyo Procharabhijan (SUPRO) and School of Communication and Cultural Metaphysics. 

Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, CEO, Boishaki Television, Khairuzzaman Kamal, Executive Director, Bangladesh Manobadhikar Shangbadik Forum, Zakir Hossain, Executive Director of Nagorik Uddog and Convener of Campaign on Citizen Right to Information, Syeda Gulshan Ferdous Jana, Acting Managing Director, Blog and, Farjana Akhter, Programme Coordinator, Voice spoke at the press briefing while Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director of Voice moderated the session.

UN post-2015 dev agenda empty bowl: R

By farjana - Posted on 05 June 2013

Civil right groups EquityBD and VOICE have criticized United Nation High Level Panel (UN HLP) report on post 2015 agenda for development terming it "as lofty goal and empty bowl." 

At a press conference held at National Press Club, leaders of these organizations said the report is far from meeting the needs of the transforming economies. The release of the UN HLP report on June 30 in New York was chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Dr. Susilo Bambang and Liberian President Alen Johnson Sirlef.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud spoke on the occasion.

They said the report has over emphasized the role of free market and private sector financing to attain the goals and in doing so it failed to strike a balance between private sector and public sector financing. 

They said free market is responsible for producing poverty and global inequality and this in turn is only widening the gap between rich and poor. Private finance always looks for profit and it can't be used to establish equity and justice. 

Rio+20: A voice from Dhaka, Bangladesh

By farjana - Posted on 15 June 2012

Ahmed Swapan Mahmud is an activist and researcher, and executive director and founder of Voice, Friday 15 June 2012 10.21 BST

To meet the development goals, a human rights-based approach, gender equality, decent work, and environment and ecological protection should be at the heart.

Since 1992, the global economy has become more accumulative and centralised, which goes against the principles of sustainable development goals. A series of crises such as climate, food, power, energy and financial emerged due to overexploitation of natural resources, overconsumption and the capitalist nature of the economy.

Most of the world's resources are in the hands of around 5% of the richest people. Thus, in the past two decades, marginalisation – the rich and poor divide – has increased. So, the development goals must assert social and economic equality, and environmental protection. The green economy cannot solve the problem until the current architecture is changed.

Bangladesh has made economic progress with constant GDP growth of 6% in the past few years, but the rich and poor divide has increased and climate change becomes an issue that makes life more vulnerable than before.

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.

Right Groups against World Bank Role in Climate Resilience Fund

By farjana - Posted on 22 April 2012

[Dhaka, 12th April 2012] Six civil society climate networks and eleven organizations has organized a human chain and rally in front of national press club on 12th April 2012 in Dhaka. They have demanded there should not be any more fiduciary management role of World Bank in Bangladesh climate resilience fund beyond 2013, they also demanded an independent institution with democratic ownership for all climate fund management. They have also express worries that there is a conspiracy going to extend present role of World Bank in resilience fund until 2018. 

The networks and organization who have organized the rally are, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Climate Finance Goverance 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. 

CSOs to Focus on Climate Finance Oversight in Bangladesh

By farjana - Posted on 22 November 2011

CSOs to Focus on Climate Finance Oversight in Bangladesh

Two day Workshop and a Seminar in South Asia Social Forum Sets the Tone

Dhaka, November 20: CSOs from different parts of Bangladesh converged at a two-day workshop jointly organized by Voice, EquityBD and Bank Information Center has decided to focus more on monitoring the flow of climate finance in the country, insisted the participation of communities at all levels of project planning, implementation and monitoring, and initiated to link with other climate justice movements elsewhere in South Asia to strengthen the movement in Bangladesh.

VOICE @ South Asia Social Forum, Dhaka; November 18-22, 2011

By farjana - Posted on 14 November 2011

VOICE @ South Asia Social Forum, Dhaka; November 18-22, 2011

VOICE ( undertakes a number of programmes during South Asia Social Forum (SASF) to be held on 18-22 November, Dhaka, Bangladesh. These events will jointly be organized with different national and international networks including Aid Accountability Group, Bank Information Centre, Eurodad, NGO Forum on ADB, Privacy International etc, among others. Being one of the organizers in SASF, VOICE is calling global civil society actors, youths, women, human rights activists, political groups, organizations and concerned multi-stakeholders to join us aiming at building greater solidarity for new economic and social order. The details of the programmes (draft) attached herewith

Ahmed Swapan Mahmud interviewed on CIVICUS Live during the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal

By voice - Posted on 15 September 2011

The CIVICUS World Assembly was held from the 10th to the 12th of September, 2011, at the Palais des Congrès in downtown Montreal. Our Executive Director, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, was in town to participate in a workshop entitled "Beyond 2015: Shaping the Post-MDG Agenda." He was interviewed live on the official channel of the World Assembly, CIVICUS Live.

View the interview at the following link: