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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

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


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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Discussion on Baseline survey findings on selected villages for VAW free initiatives

Date: 17th April 2014

Venue: The Daily Star Auditorium.

The discussion meeting was organized to share the findings of a survey which was conducted in selected villages. Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) has been working since 2002 to make those villages free from Violation Against Women (VAW). MJF has been working in 179 upazilas of 38 districts. The survey was conducted in 91 villages. The Program was organized at The Daily Star auditorium on 17th April 2014.

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Report on Annual Conference (SHOW ME THE MONEY) 2014 organized by ICVA.

Date: April 3, 2014

Venue: Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Prepared by : Sanat K Bhawmik


This year the theme of the annual conference of the International Council for Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) was “SHOW ME THE MONEY”. The conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland during April 1-2, 2014. Key objectives of the program were i) to explore the innovative funds for the humanitarian response and assistance, ii) to identify the partnership criteria, iii) to show the sources and donors of the humanitarian funds and iv) to way out of proposal writing for seeking humanitarian funds from the donors.

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Learning report on 29th ALNAP annual meeting 2014 in Addis, Ethiopia

Duration: March 11-13, 2014

Venue: Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia

Prepared by : Shawkat Ali Tutul

The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP) is a network of international humanitarian actors comprising academics, donors, Non-Governmental Organizations, Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations and United Nations organizations, dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through organizational and systemic learning. The Network holds an annual meeting structured around a theme of interest to the membership. This year the theme is “Engaging disaster – affected people in humanitarian action”. Africa Humanitarian Action (AHH), is Ethiopia based continental NGO that provides life-saving humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and vulnerable communities across Africa. AHA is a Full Member of the ALNAP network and has hosted the 29th ALNAP Meeting during 11th to 13th March’14 at Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa.

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Report on Addressing Development of Genetically Engineering Crops in Asia

Duration: November 26-29, 2013

Venue: Sulo Reverian Hotel,

Queson City, Manila, The Philippines

Prepared by : Sanat K Bhowmik


I participated in a workshop titled Addressing Development of Genetically Engineering crops in Asia November 26-29, 2013 in Manila, The Philippines. The workshop aims i) to discuss and analyze the experiences, lessons learned and challenges of CSOs in their advocacy and campaigns on GMOs at the national level, ii) to build the capacity of civil society organizations on GMOs in food and agriculture, particularly their impacts on health, environment, livelihood, laws and food sovereignty; new trends in the development of the Genetically Modified (GE) industry; and how to analyze the peculiarities of national GE scenarios and iii) to develop strategies and possible regional or sub-regional activities, to address the growth of GE in agriculture, with a special focus on Golden Rice and Bt brinjal.

The participants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, The Philippines, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Malaysia participated in the workshop. The representatives from COAST, BARSIK and SHISHUK from Bangladesh were the participants. The workshop was facilitated by Angelika Hilbeck, Chair-European Network of Scientists and Jack Heinemann, Director-Centre for Integrated Research in Bio safety, Lim Li Ching and Lim LI Lin from Third World Network and Neth Dano from ETC Group The Philippines. The workshop was organized by Third World Network, Malaysia.

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