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No strings with foreign aid demanded

By voice - Posted on 29 August 2008

http://www.newagebd.com/2008/aug/28/nat.html/ 28 August 2008

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.

Transparency while receiving foreign aid stressed

By voice - Posted on 29 August 2008

http://nation.ittefaq.com/issues/2008/08/28/news0990.htm

28 August 2008

Speakers at a press conference called for maintaining transparency and accountability while receiving foreign aid in the greater interest of the country.

Speakers at a press conference yesterday said the government should receive such foreign aid, can protect the right of the country.They were speaking at a press conference on 'Effective Foreign Aid' jointly organised by Voice and Aid Accountability Group, two local NGOS at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium yesterday.Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director of Voice, read out a statement at the press conference.

 

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.

Strong local govt seen vital for tiding over aid dependency

By voice - Posted on 10 July 2008

Staff Reporter, 10 July 2008

http://www.theindependent-bd.com/details.php?nid=89209
Participatory democracy, capacity building of politicians as well as public administrations, strong local government and long-term commitment can make Bangladesh an aid non-dependent country.

Donors will come to the country as visitors to see how we developed if, we pay taxes regularly, our government keep us informed about the state policies, our foreign remittances are utilised for the benefit of the poor and our local government develop into a strong force to mobilise local resources, said Dr Kazi Kholikuzzaman Ahmed, president, Bangladesh Economist Association.

It this regard partnerships among civil society organisations, government and non-government organisations are imperative, he also said.

 

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 - http://nation.ittefaq.com/issues/2008/07/10/news0105.htm
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.

 

Lenders’ reps admit failure to judge quality of projects

By voice - Posted on 10 July 2008

Staff Correspondent, 10 July 2008

http://www.newagebd.com/2008/jul/10/met.html
Overseas funding agencies and countries providing aid have not always shown due discretion in judging the quality of projects and spending mechanisms of recipients including Bangladesh, admitted two donor representatives on Wednesday.
At a multi-stakeholder consultation on ‘Aid Effectiveness’ in Dhaka, they said the voice of Bangladeshis had not been reflected in development planning and formulating policy documents such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, especially in the absence of a functional parliament.

 

ADB's long-term strategy slammed for anti-poor bias

By voice - Posted on 20 June 2008

Rights activists want
collective stand against ADB's role

[Staff Correspondent, http://www.newagebd.com/2008/jun/20/nat.html,
20 June 2008]

Development activists and
rights campaigners strongly criticised the Long Term Strategic Framework for
2008-2020 of Asian Development Bank for its anti-poor stand showing blanket
bias toward private sector-led development, says a press release.

They were speaking at a
discussion sponsored by Voice, a research organisation, at the SUPRO conference
room in
Dhaka Thursday.

The private sector
domination in the development process would concentrate on their own profit
leaving behind the agenda of poverty reduction, which would ultimately worsen
the poverty situation, they warned.

 

 

Asian CSOs Urge Leaders to Reject ADB’s Strategy 2020 Framework

By voice - Posted on 05 May 2008

MADRID, Spain - By IFI Water Watch
Civil society organizations from Asia urge their leaders attending the 41st Governors’ Meeting to reject the pro-privatization and anti-poor Strategy 2020- the new long-term strategic framework of the Asian Development
Bank- which is part of the agenda of the meetings in Madrid, Spain, from May 3-6. Contrary to its corporate vision of ‘An Asia and Pacific Free of Poverty’, the Strategy 2020, which replaces the long-term strategic framework 2000-2015, will actually lead to increased poverty, debt, hunger and environmental plunder in the region.
The strategy aims to create a business-friendly environment and increase public-private partnerships to at least 30% of total activities by 2020. The strategy also aims to scale up private sector development and private sector operations to 50% by 2020 in core areas such as environment, finance sector development, regional cooperation and integration, education, and infrastructure (including water, sanitation and waste management).

ADB projects far away from growth, poverty reduction: seminar

By voice - Posted on 27 April 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Staff Correspondent - New Age
http://www.newagebd.com/2008/apr/27/front.html#15

Speakers at a discussion on Saturday observed that the projects of the Asian Development Bank have neither brought about economic growth nor reduced poverty in Bangladesh, but have rather increased the suffering of the people.
Addressing the meeting on ‘A reality check on the ADB’s operations in Bangladesh, impact of policies and projects on people’s life and national economy’, they also demanded cancellation of the immunity given to this regional bank.
Research-based organisation Voice organised the discussion at the National Press Club.
‘Not only the ADB, but also the other global lending agencies and multi-national companies should be made accountable for their activities in the country,’ Professor Anu Mohammad of Jahangirnagar University told the audience.
He said that the country was facing two types of dangers — one relating to development and the other to poverty reduction — which he said was the outcome of the wrong policies of the global lending agencies and profit-mongering multinational companies working in Bangladesh.
Due to the conspiracy of these companies, said Anu Mohammad, most of the public sector industries have been ruined in the last two decades.

International donor projects against national interests

By voice - Posted on 27 April 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Staff Correspondent - The Bangladesh Today
http://www.thebangladeshtoday.com/archive/April%2008/27-04-2008.htm