COAST Staff in Action

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Report: Asian Civil Society Space in Government Process of Implementation SDGs is little and facing barriers; Local, National and Global Coalition and Combine Voices need along with Positive Engagement with Government

Duration: 24-26, February 2017

Place: Thailand

On 24th to 26th February 2017 Regional Workshop on National Implementation of SDGsVoluntary National Review (VNR) of UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) held at IBIS Bangkok Riverside Hotel, Bangkok. As a representative of EquityBD I participated from Bangladesh. Around 43 participants from 13 Asian countries including representatives of UNDP and CSO from Switzerland and South Africa participated in the workshop. The workshop jointly organized by the Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development (APSD). Click here full report

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Report on: Platform for Consultation on Hilsa Conservation and Livelihoods

Duration: March 27-28, 2017

Place: Conference Hall, The Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal

International Water Association (IWA-www.iwa-network.org) is a network including different NGOs which are working in the field of water and its resources. It is also a self-governing non-profit organization which serves as a worldwide network for water professionals to advance standards and best practices in sustainable.  During March 27-28, 2017 the IWA organized a platform for consultation on hilsa conservation and livelihoods in Kathmandu, Nepal where I was one of the participants on behalf of COAST Trust. The representatives from University of Dhaka, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh, Fisheries Research Institute, Chandpur, Bangladesh, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh Environment Development Society, Khulna, Bay of Bengal Prgramme Inter-Governmental Organization, India, The Kaler Kantha (a daily news paper), Bangladesh, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, India, Integrated Coastal Management, India were present in the platform consultation.

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Report on: ADRRN Annual General Meeting

Duration: December 6-8, 2016

Place: Windsor Suites Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) is a network including different NGOs which are working in the field of disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific region. We got the membership from ADRRN in 2007. From that period we are attending in the annual meeting of ADRRN. Every year ADRRN secretariat organizes an annual meeting. In 2016 the secretariat organized meeting in Bangkok.

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Report on: PSEA Conference & Workshop Conference & Workshop

Duration: September 5-6, 2016

Place: Windsor Suites Hotel, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

CHS Alliance (www.chsalliance.org) is a network including different NGOs which are working in the field humanitarian accountability and quality management. In 2007, we got the membership from HAP International and then CHS Alliance. CHS Alliance organized a conference & workshop on “Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA): Investigation Allegation of PSEA by Aid Workers” during September 5-6, 2016 in Bangkok
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Report on: Asian Development Alliance workshop

Duration: 14 -16 August 2016

Place: Bangkok, Thailand

A three days workshop of ADA (Asian Development Alliance) held from 14-16th August 2016. The workshop is participated around 60 participants from Asia and the pacific countries. The workshop has focused on the issue of CSO (Civil Society Organizations) participation and engagement in monitoring of the UN Development Goal “SDG-16” (Sustainable Development Goal-16). Here, the report has mainly put the critical learning from the workshop on SDG 16 issues.
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Report on: Frontier innovations in Financial Inclusion Microcredit Summit Campaign

Duration: 14 -17 March 2016

Place: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Microcredit Summits organized by the Microcredit Summit Campaign is to encourage practitioners and other stakeholders to use microfinance as a means towards ending global poverty, especially within the region, as well as to spur progress towards fulfilling the Campaign’s Two Goals.
Summit History
In February 1997, RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) convened the first Microcredit Summit, launching a nine-year Campaign to reach 100 million of the world’s poorest families, especially the women of those families, with credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end of 2005. This historic event, held in Washington, DC, brought together over 2,900 delegates from 137 countries.
Building on the achievements of the 1997 Summit, a series of Global and Regional meetings have since been successfully held. They have attracted more than 15,000 delegates from over 140 countries. From 1997 to the present, the Microcredit Summit Campaign has relentlessly pursued its goals, maintaining a steadfast commitment to the Summit’s four core themes. The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a global effort to restore control to people over their own lives and destinies.

Since 1997, the Microcredit Summit Campaign has been leading, supporting, and guiding the microfinance field to address failures in reaching the very poor. The success of the first phase of the Campaign, during which those with microloans grew from reaching 7.6 million of the world’s poorest families in 1997 to more than 100 million in 2007, fueled the decision to extend the Campaign. The Campaign’s goals for 2015 were launched at the 2006 Global Microcredit Summit in Halifax, Canada.

The Microcredit Summit Campaign is the only global network linking all actors in the microfinance sector that sets and regularly measures progress toward bold goals for using microfinance to end poverty. It announces progress towards these goals through the publication of the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report.
Microcredit Summit Campaign’s conferences are the largest microfinance gatherings in the world, which assemble a full range of those active in the field of microfinance including practitioners, advocates, investors, UN agencies, donors, domestic government agencies, and many more.

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Report on :CPD Seminar on post (budget 2012-13) consultation

Meeting Date : Jun 19, 2012

Participant : Aminul Hoque

Introduction
The Seminar was held on feed back consultation and national budget 2012-13 organized by CPD (Center for Policy Dialogue) on 16th June 2012. The seminar is participated with prominent figure of politician, jurist, economist, business men and also participated with few social activist and campaigners.

Objective of the feed back consultation

The main objective of this consultation was to draw the comment on the proposed national budget 2012-13 and also focusing the following issues;

– What are the strategic and policy diverse in the national budget 2012-13 taken by the government

– Challenges and opportunities in implementing the budget

The seminar was moderated by former finance minister M Syeduzzaman, now a member of CPD’s Board of Trustees, in which parliament member Rashed Khan Menon, Hafiz Uddin Majumdar and Maidul Islam were among the discussants.

Besides, M Kamal Hossain, a jurist, Wajed-ul Islam Khan, SKOP’s coordinator, Shirin Akhter, one of JSD’s central leaders, Haider Akbar Rano, a presidium member of CPB, Anwarul Alam Parvez, a former president of the BGMEA and M Tamim, a former energy adviser, also took part in the discussion.

Planning minister AK Khandaker addressed in the seminar as chief guest and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, a standing committee member of the BNP, and adviser of the last caretaker government Mirza Azizul Islam were present as special guests.

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Date: 22-24 December 2014.

Vanue: Podokhhep Manobik Unnoyan Kendra, Shyamoli, Dhaka.

Background: A two and half days Learning training was held at Podokhhep Manobik Unnoyan Kendra, Shyamoli, Dhaka organized by Oxfam, CSRL from December 22-24, 2014 and ended with sharing of experiences of participants.  More than twenty five participants came from diversified areas and many remote places of Bangladesh.  They were from different NGOs– SBC, Jago Nari, COAST Trust, ALO, IDEA, Prochesta, AVAS, PESD, USS, GSK, CDS, ISDA, Sharee, MSP, MUK, Prantojon and AFNAN.

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Barkat Ullah Maruf has got the award of `Best Screenplay 2009’ from the Bangladesh Cine Journalists Association (BCJA). He has got the award for his extra ordinary work for the screenplay of the feature film titled ‘Priotomeshu (Beloved one)’. Priyotomeshu is the first Bangladeshi feature film produced in digital format.
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Technical Advisory Group Meeting in London, UK 2014 on Core Humanitarian Standards

Date: October 29 to November 1, 2014

Vanue: London

Background:

As per the HAP invitation I joined the Technical Advisory Group Meeting in London, UK during October 29 to November 1, 2014 on behalf of our Executive Director. The meeting was organized jointly by HAPI, People In Aid and the Sphere Project. Key objectives of the program were i) to elaborate discussion of the version3 of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), ii) to give the validation of the version3 and iii) to make ready the document for launching in Copenhagen on December 12, 2014. The standards are the results of two-year consultation process across the humanitarian sector. It drew together key elements of existing humanitarian standards and commitments.

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