Effective collaboration between the government and NGOs is of paramount importance, say speakers at discussion marking Brac’s 49th anniversary
Non-governmental organizations must be united in their efforts to maintain the sustainable development of Bangladesh, as well as ensure timely and quality services at the grassroots, speakers at a discussion session have said.
Effective collaboration between the government and NGOs is another prerequisite to sustain the fruits of development, they added.
The observations were made at an online discussion arranged to mark Brac’s 49th anniversary on Sunday, The discussion was titled “Bangladesh and Brac: Collaboration for Development.”
Lauding Brac for its role in reducing gender discrimination, lawmaker Aroma Dutta said: “Bangladesh today is the best example of women empowerment in the world. Certainly, there were government initiatives, but it is Brac that has brought the most remarkable changes at the field level.”
Speaking on Brac’s role in achieving universal education in Bangladesh, Campaign for Popular Education (Campe) Executive Director Rasheda K Choudhury said: “It is as though Brac, Bangladesh and Abed bhai (Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of Brac) have become synonymous. Brac was at the heart of non-formal education.”
Eminent researcher and senior journalist Afsan Chowdhury commended Brac for their collaboration with the government in implementing national social development policies.
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“Brac is formulating its action strategies while keeping in view the demands of the people of this country, and not giving priority to the western ideas of development. On the program Brac initiated for ultra-poor communities, Abed bhai used to say the program would benefit the extreme poor to become self-dependent instead of becoming burdened with loans. He took initiatives to develop a market for the poor.”
Brac Chairperson Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said: “The greatest achievement of Brac and Abed Bhai is that they have consolidated the role and work of NGOs in Bangladesh. By doing that, they inspired the grassroots people to become self- confident.”
Brac Executive Director Asif Saleh moderated the event.