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Call for PRSP draft amendment

By voice - Posted on 11 February 2005

Friday, Feb 11, 2005

Staff Correspondent - New Age

The National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction, draft of which has already been made, might further worsen the poverty situation by widening the existing gap between the poor and the rich, said leaders of some NGOs on Thursday.
They came up with a number of suggestions, including consultation up to division-level with the civil society, discussion in parliament and television debate especially with the opposition politicians, before finalising the draft policy.
Addressing a news conference at the National Press Club, they also demanded extension of the March 15 timeframe by May for its finalisation.

Don't accept conditional aid: Pressure group urges govt as Bangladesh Development Forum begins today

By voice - Posted on 08 May 2004

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Star Business Report

As donors meet with the government today to make commitment on aid for next fiscal, a platform of development and research organisations yesterday urged the government not to accept any assistance that is tagged with conditions.
They said although the contribution of foreign aid to gross domestic products (GDP) is less than two percent, the donors are advocating policies such as market liberalisation and opening up of services sector which 'ruin local industries'.