Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) distinguished fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya on Thursday said the government should allocate Tk100 crore in the next budget to create a trust fund for local NGOs.
The economist and policy analyst emphasised the role of NGOs in helping the country attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“NGOs in Bangladesh have been carrying out their activities depending on foreign fund, but it is not possible to attain SDGs only relying on foreign aid,” he said.
Debapriya made the comments at a conference titled ‘NGOs’ role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals’ held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
“The government has no specific information on how many NGOs are operating in Bangladesh, or their contributions,” Debapriya said.
“The government and the NGOs can play a pivotal role in achieving SDGs.”
Abul Kalam Azad, chief coordinator of SDG affairs at the PMO, was present at the programme as the chief guest while PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad and member of General Economics Division Dr Shamsul Alam also attended the programme.
Abul Kalam Azad called upon the NGOs to set a work plan towards SDGs.
“The government effort alone is not enough for achieving SDGs. Participation from both public and private sectors can smooth the way towards the sustainable development goals,” said Azad.
PKSF Chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman said that including the country’s underprivileged minorities into the SDG net would be key to achieving the development goals.
“We have already created Tk500 crore fund which is helping achieve goals, but more such funds are needed to reach the goals,” he said.