Newsletter edition 2
COMMUNITY MEMBERS READY FOR SOCIAL ACTION PROJECTS
Trained on leadership, communication and social accountability mechanism, community members across 14 districts of Bangladesh move forward with Social Action Projects for positive social and administrational changes.
Community members across 14 districts of Bangladesh are very enthusiastic about designing their very first Social Action Projects and bringing changes in their communities through Multi Actor Partnerships(MAPs).
Earlier in November and December 2018, they received 5day long leadership an communication training on social accountability policy instruments – Citizens’ Charter, Right to Information, Grievance Redress System, and National Integrity Strategy. Trainings enhanced their capacity to better engage with the government & advocate for social change.
GRS and CC Trainings kicks off at Cabinet Division
With the support of EU funded Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) project, Cabinet Division (CD) of Bangladesh has started a series of training on modernised Grievance Redress System (GRS) and Citizen Charter. The GRS training will enhance the capacity of public officials to better respond to complaints and grievances from citizens and civil society.
Honourable Secretary Coordination and Reform, Cabinet division, N. M. Ziaul Alam inaugurated the first batch of training.
Around 250 Government officials from different ministries and departments are participating.
The new Secretary Coordination and Reform, Dr. Md. Shamsul Arefine. inaugurated the Citizen Charter training. These training will educate another 150 public service officials about the implementation of second generation of Citizen Charter.
P4D opens door to 21 CRCs
In January, 2019 Platforms for Dialogue finished establishing 21 Community Resource Centres in 21 project working districts of Bangladesh.
Serving as a hub for citizen engagement, the EU funded CRCs are tailored to optimise the outreach of civil society and promote a participatory climate for all stakeholders: citizens, interest groups, local authorities, and elected officials.
Local community can use these politically neutral spaces to hold meetings and workshops, and exhibit their initiatives on local issues.
Through a simple registration process, anyone can avail free access to internet, have their queries met on policy instruments and get assistance in filing applications for any information under the RTi act and complaints through GRS software.
The Community Resource Centres are supported throughout the project lifecycle. Those are strategised for financial self‑sustainability following P4D’s conclusion.
21 CSO receives ToT in two more regions
The 2nd phase of Trainings of Trainers by P4D brings on board more future CSO master trainers in Chattogram and Rajshahi regions. Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) project has started the 2nd phase of Trainings of Trainers in Chattogram and Rajshahi regions. 9 CSOs from the district of Bandarban, Feni and Munshiganj and 12 CSOs from the districts of Pabna, Kushtia, Natore and Rajshahi are participating in this 5 days’ training.
The training will enhance the capacity of future CSO master trainers about social accountability policy instruments, advocacy, gender, social action projects and leadership skills.
P4D is a European Union funded 3-year project implemented by British Council Bangladesh in partnership with the Cabinet Division. It aims to strengthen democratic ownership and improve accountability mechanisms in Bangladesh.
LESSONS LEARNED WORKSHOPS HELD @ RANGPUR & KHULNA
Platforms for Dialogue organised two ‘Lessons Learned’ workshops at Rangpur and Khulna with an aim to learn about challenges and opportunities of working with CSO partners, Multi Actor Partners as well as Local Government.
Organised on 28 and 31st January 2019, the workshops opened a platform for discussions between P4D and its stakeholder in the field .
The CSO representatives shared their experience of working with MAP and Local government about social accountability tools and how they might face challenge while trying to create their agency in decision making.
The Multi Actor Partners appreciated P4D for building their skills and at the same time empowering them with new knowledge around soical accountability tools.
The participants felt that main opportunity of P4D’s intervention is its relevance with present government’s emphasis transparency and accountability.
A common concern that emerged from both workshops was how they may deal with sensitive community issues such as drugs trafficking or gender abuse part of social action project