Newsletter edition 3
P4D organised ToT on Child Safety and Protection
The Platforms for Dialogue project organised a day long Training of Trainers (ToT) on Child Protectionfor the chair-persons of 20 Community Resource Centres and 6 Regional Coordinators on 2-August 2019 at BRAC CDM in Savar. The purpose of this training was to build a pool of Master Trainers who will train 63 CSO partners including their management committee, staff and volunteers.
Ensuring a safe and healthy environment for children is a priority for British Council across all development interventions. With a view to put utmost emphasis on Child Protection, the British Council has developed a user-friendly training course on this topic to inform relevant partners and stakeholders. Platforms for Dialogue also responded to the needs of children who are getting involved as part of project activities at the field level.
Stressing the importance of this training, Mr Najir Ahmed Khan, the CS Lead of P4D said, “many of our Social Action Projects like school dropouts, child marriage and community health clinic, implementeded through Multi-Actors Partnership Groups and CSO have involvement with children. Therefore, we must ensure wellbeing of the children. Our CSO partners lack knowledge and understanding on Child Protection. This training I believe will bridge that knowledge gap and improve their understanding on child rights and child protection.
Platforms for Dialogue project organised a residential Training on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) from 2-12 September 2019., BRAC CDM at Savar in Dhaka.
Empowering women as economic, political and social actors can change policy choices and make institutions more representative of a range of voices. Platforms for Dialogue project organised a residential Training on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) from 2-12 September 2019, at Savar in Dhaka. 63 Civil society organizations (local strategic partners to P4D) from 21 districts joined this programme. In the first batch, 21 Civil Society Organizations from Rangpur and Rajshahi division attended this training. Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) primarily focused on increment of women participation in local planning process, reduction of gender discrimination, women empowerment, and creating conducive environment for gender friendly and accountable services.
Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) is 3 years project, funded by the European Union in Bangladesh in partnership with the Govt of Bangladesh, the project is being implemented by the British Council.
Government Officials received GRS training in Bali, Indonesia
Platforms for Dialogue project organised the first international study tour with a view to enhance the capacity of Government Officials on GRS, a social accountability to ensure effective service delivery from the Government.
From 28 July to 3 August, a team of 10 Government Officials from government agencies visited Bali in Indonesia to receive a study tour programme on Grievance Redress System. The objectives of this programme were
- provide participants new insights about public, leadership, public service and complaint handling systems.
- render an opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas on GRS or complaints management system with the Denpasar City and Bali Provincial government.
- Motivate the participants’ commitment to actively participate in improving the quality of complaint handling
Alongside participations from the Cabinet Division of GoB, the group represented government officials from diverse backgrounds and department such as Bangladesh Biman, National Consumer Rights Protection, Ministry of Science and Technology, Bangladesh Veterinary Council, Energy and Power Research Council, Branch Control & Business, Statistics and Information Management Division, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Law and Justice Division.
The five days’ activities consisted of lectures and face-to-face discussions about public management, pubic services, citizen charter, and leadership. There were also opportunities for sharing views about of complaint handling systems and public service innovations between GoB and several Information and Communication Services in Bali. The study visit concluded with participants’ presentations about the action plan for improving the quality of complaints handling.