NGOs have been pivotal in helping push Bangladesh forward
At this moment, Bangladesh has a lot on its plate. Certainly, there is a tremendous amount to celebrate, as we gear up for this country’s 50-year anniversary of independence. But there is still a long way to go, and with the Covid-19 pandemic still raging, much is still up in the air. This is, then, a time for careful reflection about how we want to achieve our development goals in the days to come.
Non-governmental organizations, commonly referred to as NGOs, have been pivotal in helping push Bangladesh forward from the very beginning. Our development journey is not for the government alone -- the wonderful work that our NGOs so far have done cannot be denied. NGOs can sometimes reach areas and people in a swift manner that government officials, bogged down by bureaucracy, often cannot. The NGOs in the country should, moving forward, be allowed to do their jobs free from restriction, for the good of all.
Somewhat complicating the picture is the sheer number of NGOs in Bangladesh. Ranging from the very large, such as Brac, to much smaller NGOs with barely any public recognition, these organizations do not always work in harmony, using their resources where most needed. A great amount can be achieved if this problem is solved.
Furthermore, the government and the NGOs should work together in tandem rather than against each other. If this unity of effort can be achieved, our development goals can be achieved. Bangladesh has no shortage of grit, talent, and people with a pure and sincere desire to develop the nation. With unity of purpose, not only among various NGOs, but between NGOs, the government, and all other sectors, nothing can stop us.