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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization helping people forced to flee. We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialize in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people’s rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. We respond quickly to emergencies. Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes. Today, a record 65.6 million people are fleeing war and persecution. Not since the aftermath of World War Two have more people needed our help. The Norwegian Refugee Council assisted more than 6.8 million people worldwide in 2016, and with your support, we can help even more. Click here NRC details

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July 2nd 2018, Coxsbazar. Today a group of civil society and NGO leaders representing Coxsbazar CSO NGO Forum (CCNF) have meet with Mr Antoine Gutteres, UN Secretary General and Dr Tim Yong Kim, President World Bank group in Hotel Saymen in Coxsbazar. The group was leaded by Mr Abu Morshed Chowdhury Co Chair CCNF, handed over a memorandum to the dignitaries where they have demanded separate fund for environment recovery and local NGOs.
Others team members of group are, Ms. Khaleda Begum of YPSA, Mr Moqbul Ahmed of COAST, Mr Bimal Chandra Dey Sarker of Mukti, Mr. Didarul Alam Rahsed of Nongar, Mr. Ajit Nandi of BRAC, Mr Shamsul Huda of SARPV, Mr. Abul Kahsem of HELP, Mr Ziaur Rahman of SHED, and Mr Sayed Tarikul Islam of ACLAB. The written memorandum to Mr Anotonio Guterres also copied to other visiting dignitaries namely Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President World Bank, Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund.
In the memorandum the group stated six points, which are (i) they appreciated the cooperation they have from all UN agencies and INGOs with the leadership of Bangladesh government in respect of Rohingya response. (ii) They urged for full implementation of Grand Bargain commitment which envisages localization and “whole of society approach with peaceful co- existence” even which is necessary in this dwindling aid situation. (iii) There should be full aid transparency especially for public scrutiny in respect of management, input and operation cost. (iv) An Environment Recovery fund should be initiated with a portion of aid money and with a core fund. (v) A separate fund for local NGOs/ CSOs for their easy access while they have difficulties with UN and INGOs. And finally (vi) UN must bring the Myanmar junta for Accountability in International Criminal Court and initiate a permanent accountability mechanism to stop such ethnic cleansing and genocides in future.
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Report: Report on IMF workshop with CSOs Workshop held in 19-20 June’18 in Manila.

Duration: June 19-20, 2018

Place: Manila, Philippines

Participant: Syed Aminul Haque, Deputy Director

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is committed to being transparent about its work, to explaining itself, and to listening to the people whom are affects, and it engages with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Parliamentarians, Think-Tanks and Youth Leaders through information sharing, dialogue, and consultation at both the global and national level. Apart IMF recently has published it quarterly economic review report on Asia-Pacific region that will be shared in the workshop is one of the objectives.

Following the above objectives, on 19-20 June’ 2018, the IMF has organized a workshop in Manila with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Topics discussed included revenue mobilization, corruption and inequality. The workshop was held prior to the World Bank-IMF annual conference that will be held in Bali, Indonesia in October 2018.

The workshop was attended by 15 Civil Society Representatives from Bangladesh (01), Nepal (01), Indonesia (02), Cambodia (01) and Philippine (06 representatives from different regional NGOs). There are three representatives of IMF (Bangladesh, Philippine and IMF head office) also participated and shared their respective country performance in the workshop.

The workshop focused on strengthening CSOs understanding of IMF work on governance, inequality, revenue mobilization, debt, social protection and anti-corruption climate change and hearing their views and recommendations for the IMF on these important issues.[Click here full report]

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Geneva, 29th June 2018: Today UNHCR organized a side event in UNHCR NGO Annual Consultation in the international conference center of Geneva. Speakers of the side events pleaded for Right based protection framework and adaptation based resilience as the fundamental need for climate displaced people. The side event was moderated by Atle Soleberg, Head of Coordination Unit, Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) a state-led body, where Bangladesh is the current chair. Other speakers of the session included Madeline Garlick, Head of Protection, Policy and Legal Advice Section, DIP, UNHCR, Kristen Hite, Policy Advisor of Oxfam International, Nina M Birkeland, Senior Advisor of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Chirrine El Labbane, Communication Officer of PDD, Gopal Krishna Shiwakoti, President INHUREDD Nepal, and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director of COAST.
Madeline Garlick in her introduction remarks said, UNHCR is giving importance to climate displacement issue as this is a priority agenda in their protection framework. With the resolution from 2016 New York summit especially UNHCR and IoM are coordinating the preparation on the Global Compact of Refugee and Global Compact on Migration, where the issue got due importance especially for protection.
Atle Soleberg of PDD said that the issue might be complex. There might be hope and despair in respect of adaptation, mitigation and financing, but there are examples of adaptation in countries and strong concern from global political leaders as PDD is advancing the agenda.
Nina M Brikeland of NRC mentioned about two tools i.e. the Nansen Protection Agenda and Sendai Framework on DRR. Based on these tools NRC has prepared a guide book for the states on preparing local level resilience.
Kristen Hite of Oxfam International mentioned that present scenario of carbon emission and temperature raise is not much infamous for containing the risk ahead. There is a need of planning how to face incoming disaster. There should not be any confusion that climate change is one the major driver of displacement. She mentioned that people in developed countries are in five time’s higher risk of being displaced due to disaster in comparison to the people of developed countries.
Gopal Krishna Shiakwoti from INHURRD Nepal said that there are climate change impact and slow melting in Nepal. Even Militarization and Securitization of border are hardly able to stop migration. So, it should be facilitated. in fact, protectionism and “xenophobia” at the end will hardly work.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST Trust Bangladesh said that now Rohingya refugees are also facing climate disaster. And in response to that funding is quite low for that. He said, 42% of population in Bangladesh will be climate displaced. Although the country is an innocent victim of climate impact, it is investing around $ 1 billion per year for adaptation having a very little from international assistance on it. He expressed worried on two global compacts in the preparation by UN for not having legal binding instead of the moral obligation for the global leaders.
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শুধু প্রাথমিক শিক্ষা নয়, ঢালচরে মাধ্যমিক পর্যায়ের শিক্ষা প্রসারেও অবদান রয়েছে আজাহার উদ্দিনের। তিনি দেখলেন, অভিভাবকেরা ছেলেমেয়েদের পঞ্চম শ্রেণী পর্যন্ত পড়ানোর পর মাধ্যমিকে পাঠানোর চিন্তা করে না। কেউ কেউ ওপারে গিয়ে কোনমতে অষ্টম শ্রেণী পর্যন্ত যেতে পারলেও তারপরে আর পড়াশোনা হয় না। আজাহার উদ্দিনের ভাষায়, ‘এইট পাশ করে ছেলেরা একটা বউ নিয়ে ঘরে আসে।’ এই অবস্থা থেকে উত্তরণের লক্ষ্যে কোস্ট ট্রাস্টের নির্বাহী পরিচালক রেজাউল করিম চৌধুরীর সহায়তায় ঢালচরে মাধ্যমিক বিদ্যালয় প্রতিষ্ঠার গোড়াপত্তন করেন। [Click here for details report]