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The title of the COAST Annual Report for the year of 2016 is Influencing Intelligently! Before selecting the title of this annual report, we have asked a question ourselves thousand times. The question is, are we really influencing intelligently? We have been searching the answer for last couple of months. After analyzing our activities, strategies and impact of our works, we have come to a point where we can confidently say that, yes, we are influencing people and community with our intelligence. COAST Trust is a value based organization works with a Rights Based Approach. COAST tries to aware the marginalized people, the ‘rights holders’ about their legitimate rights, on the other hand COAST tries to sensitize the Service Providers, the ‘Duty Bearers’ to be sensitized to the rights holders. We organize regular orientation and linkage meetings among these two groups. Therefore, with some minimum efforts, we have been able to ensure realization of rights of the people in a sustainable way.The best part of COAST ‘s intelligence is its efforts towards sustainability. In Bangladesh there are many unfortunate example of NGOs became dysfunctional. Many donor depended NGOs are now inactive due to shortage of fund. We believe that, COAST can serve the coastal people more if it can be sustainable financially. We can proudly say that, we are on the right track. Our MF program has given us a strong base, we have started entrepreneurship development and social business, which in terms will ensure our sustainability and our continuous serviced to the program participants. We are very much hopeful, in coming days we will be able to continue to influence people, communities intelligently!This Annual Report is full of exciting stories of influencing people intelligently!
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This document states the background, process, principal premise and major expectations of Bangladeshi NGOs from INGOs (International NGO), Donors and UN agencies in view of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and the Grand Bargain (GB)policy outcomes and in view of the discussions on ‘development effectiveness’ (DE). These three global policy discourses give importance to the role of civil society / NGOs and especially the primacy of local civil society in respect of promoting a humanitarian and democratic society.
We are Bangladeshi national and local non-government organization (NNGO/LNGO) or civil societies working with innational boundaries with a home grown or indigenous background. In the whole document where we have used the term NNGOs, it’s also includes the interest of the LNGOs, but in specific issues where it is appropriate we have used the term LNGO. We do both humanitarian and development activities, [Click here for full report]

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Blue Economy_Final-1_IndexThis book is collection of papers on the issue of blue economy in the bay of Bengal region. The papers have comprehensively addressed the present and future prospects of ocean centric development and economic activities for BIMSTEC member countries. They have also addressed the possible strategies in respect of their own country context and future economic opportunities those included the structural development for ocean-based trading, shipping and tourism for country growth and development. Papers also have tried to find out the opportunities of sector cooperation in necessary areas to enhance the regional cooperation and facilities towards sustainable development in this region. [Click here for details]

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Leaftlet Fisher-1_IndexThe fish and fisheries are playing a significant role for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. This sector contributes 3% of total export earning, 4.37% to GDP and 23.37% to agriculture sector. In 2013-2014
the annual fish production was 3.548 million metric ton (MT) where hilsa (Tenualosailisha) production was
0.351 million MT and that contributes 11% of total fish production and 1% of national GDP in the country (Sharker et all, Fish Aqua J 2016, 7.2). Among the fish, the national fish hilsa has made its place into the  Bengali culture and it is highly nutritious and delicious. Hilsa is in [Click here for details report]

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Leaftlet Roanu Final-1_IndexCOAST addressed acute needs of the affected community of Kutubdia. Shelter management and evacuation, water and sanitation, humanitarian advocacy, community assets building and kits distribution for primary school children were evidential needs of the community among others. Significances of COAST’s working approaches include coordinating and involving government authority, elected leaders, policy makers and affected people in meaningful ways. As a result, community and stakeholders of Kutubdia Island felt ownership. Click here for details

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IMG_7547_IndexCyclone Roanu and activation of HCTT: (As per JNA and HRP report)
Tropical storm Roanu made landfall in the southern coastal region of Bangladesh on 21st May 2016. Eighteen (18) coastal districts were affected and among them, seven (7) severely: Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, Barguna, Lakshmipur, Noakhali and Patuakhali. The cyclone destroyed houses, uprooted trees and breached embankments. Villages were flooded, fisheries swept away and power supply was

interrupted. Within 24 hours, most of the evacuated returned to their homes. However, 1.3 million persons were directly affected by the cyclone’s impact that took the life of 27 persons (15 men and 12 women). Moreover, more than 100 primary schools and Madrassas were damaged due to water logging, strong winds and falling trees. {Click here full report}

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Index_Girls in Rural Flyer F-1COAST Trust has been implementing various development activities to empower adolescents. The main strategies of these activities is to enhance knowledge among adolescents, to facilitate them with opportunities. COAST has developed some adolescents’ groups from where they are learning about essential life skills, they are engaging themselves in Income Generating Activities. They are also getting clout as group, they are now working as change agent. They are protecting themselves from child marriage, they are disseminating knowledge and raising their voices through community radio. This leaflet showcases glimpse of the adolescent development efforts in Bhola and Cox’s Bazar. [Click here full report]