Int’l community urged to remain committed to Rohingya cause

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Rohingya Muslim people, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait for their turn to collect aid at a temporary makeshift after crossing over from Myanmar into the Bangladesh side of the border, near Cox's Bazar's Kutupalong area, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Tens of thousands more people have crossed by boat and on foot into Bangladesh in the last few weeks as they flee violence in western Myanmar.

Desk Report:

Speakers at a dialogue on Saturday urged UN agencies and INGOs (international non-government organizations) to keep intact the international commitment to the Rohingya relief programme.

They also urged them to go for gradual reduction of management cost as well as to ensure transparency and accountability by conducting activities through partnership with local organizations.

The dialogue titled “Integrating Grand Bargain Commitments in FDMN (Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National) Relief and Facilitating Localization” was held in CIRDAP auditorium in the city on Saturday, organized by COAST and CCNF (Cox’s Bazar CSO NGO Forum).

The dialogue was moderated by Abu Morshed Chowdhury, Co-Chair CCNF and Executive Director of PHALS and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury another Co-Chair of CCNF and Executive Director of COAST.

Key note presentations were given by Kooenrad Van Brabant from GMI / Navigation 360 and Mujibul Haque Munir of COAST.

In his address, Saheen Anam of Manusher Jonno Foundation said that Bangladeshi NGOs hardly need to go for international expertise as they have more capacity to implement humanitarian and development programme.

Director NGO Affairs Bureau Dr Helel Uddin said that local NGOs have to be supported for sustainability and accountability of the work.

Among others, the dialogue was attended, by Abdus Sattar, Deputy Chief of IOM (International Office of Migration), Nayeem Wahara of Disaster Forum, MB Akhter of Oxfam, AKM Musa of Concern World Wide, Shakeeb Nabi of Christian Aid, Henry Glorieux and Lane Krainyk UN RC Office, Arash Canadian Embassy, Suranga from ECHO, Jeroen Steeghs of Netherland Embassy and Omar Faruque of DFID.
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