Introduction

In our engagement with government and its institutions, we seek to support increased capacity at all levels and influence the implementation of legislation. The investment in strategic engagement with the government at all levels facilitates the identification, and prioritisation of issues, and collaboration with development partners.

Background

ActionAid works with tax power, redistributive justice & accountable and transparent public services with the people who need help the most. We seek to continue our advocacy and engagement with communities that enable the poor and excluded to advocate for their rights and have access to public services against the backdrop of shrinking and/or reduced space for civil society.
Core Areas Include:

  • Tax power, redistributive Justice & accountable and transparent Public Services
  • Deepening democracy and civic space
  • Responsible business practices and ensuring workers’ rights

Rana Plaza incident: Survivors are yet to recover

This year Rana Plaza tragedy marked 6th year of the largest industrial accident in the country’s history taking place. Bangladesh RMG sector saw comprehensive reforms and improvements in different areas such as workplace

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Market Transformation for Women

Women play a central role in agriculture. Rural women throughout Bangladesh make critical contributions to household production and consequently to household and national food security. The specific nature of their contribution vary, for instance women’s participation in economic activities differ considerably according to the type of activity and the place of residence. Traditionally women have played an important role in a wide range of income-generating activities. These rural production activities include post-harvesting, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, pisciculture, horticulture, food processing, cane and bamboo works, and handicrafts. Yet the reality has been that ‘markets’ are not women sensitive nor friendly. Women struggled to be in market spaces as a producer trying to sell their product, or as a buyer to make choices in person. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) took up initiatives in different parts of the country with the intent of changing the market system and practices so as make the market system women-friendly. This called for long-term projects and investment. One such project entitled: Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, aimed to support women Agri -entrepreneurs to evolve into a competitive and successful entrepreneur by participating in the market. MMWW project facilitated the creation of a women-friendly market environment; developing linkages with market actors and relevant stakeholders towards promoting and increasing access for women entrepreneurs in existing rural markets. The project also established linkages with online market platform for women entrepreneurs, so as to promote their engagement in e-commerce. In the present reality of the COVID-19 pandemic online marketing played a great role to sustain the enterprise of women entrepreneurs. They were able to trade their produce and flourish their business in 2020. AAB took an initiative to publish a Photobook to showcase the success stories of women entrepreneurs through the photobook ‘Market Transformation for Women’. It is a testimony of women’s contribution in transformation of society, and the significant contribution to their community, as well as national economy. I believe that Agri-entrepreneurship particularly by rural women is an important growing sector in the economy of Bangladesh. Therefore, it calls for recognition and investment to stimulate growth and further development.
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News

Sponsored children have done well in the SSC Examination 2021

Our sponsored children, 116 children participated in the SSC exams this year 2021, out of which 40 were boys and 76 were girls. Out of 116 children, 114 children passed the SSC exam and 2 children failed. We look forward to a successful future for all children.
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Book corners are not just about books it’s a gateway to knowledge

AAB establishes book corners in 06 child spaces in LRP 51, Chanpara and 04 child spaces in LRP-48, Bakalia for 2098 children which are slum areas, and children of that area rarely get an opportunity to access books besides their formal education books.
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Represents Bangladesh through Artworks

Three artworks of our Sponsor Children have been selected to represent Bangladesh in the BEYOND Spacesuit project executed by the Space for Art Foundation.
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Sponsored children have done well in the SSC Examination 2021

Our sponsored children, 116 children participated in the SSC exams this year 2021, out of which 40 were boys and 76 were girls. Out of 116 children, 114 children passed the SSC exam and 2 children failed. We look forward to a successful future for all children.
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News

Book corners are not just about books it’s a gateway to knowledge

AAB establishes book corners in 06 child spaces in LRP 51, Chanpara and 04 child spaces in LRP-48, Bakalia for 2098 children which are slum areas, and children of that area rarely get an opportunity to access books besides their formal education books.
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News

Represents Bangladesh through Artworks

Three artworks of our Sponsor Children have been selected to represent Bangladesh in the BEYOND Spacesuit project executed by the Space for Art Foundation.
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News

Children are Happy to Receive Colorful Exercise Books and Face Masks

Besides the celebration of Child Rights Week 2021 ActionAid Bangladesh provided reusable masks among about 15,000 children as one of the tools to stay safe from coronavirus, and exercise books to encourage them to study with a fresh zeal.
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Children of Madarganj Enjoys the World Children's Day and Child Rights Week - 2021

With the financial support of ActionAid Bangladesh World Children Day and Child Rights Week-2021 was observed in 5 Children Spaces in Madarganj Upazila of Jamalpur district.
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Blog

6th International Water Conference 2021

ActionAid Bangladesh is going to organise the 6th International Water Conference under the theme of ‘Water, Climate and Justice in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic’’ from 27 to 29 January 2021. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to organise the conference through virtual platform this year.
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LIFE IN SHAMBLES

On my trip to Sunamganj in April, I met 32-year-old Nazma Khatun who spoke to me about her woes: “All of our cultivated paddies have gone under water. Our livelihood, children’s education, food, treatment, and shelter are under threat as we depend on the paddy. We took Tk30,000 as a loan from a Local NGO to cultivate. I don’t know how I will return the loan.”
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16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM COMING UP

Violence against women and girl is a severe human rights abuse that continues to take place on a daily base all over the word, also in Bangladesh. With interactive theatre performances in different parts of Dhaka, youth happenings, discussion fora, media training and a robust social media presence using #SafeCities, #SafeCitiesBecause and #16DaysofActivism, we call on ending violence against women during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
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AN UNCERTAIN LIFE: ROHINGYA EXODUS TO BANGLADESH

The influx of refugees from Rohingya into Bangladesh is now over 370,000, with the figures rising daily. They are supported by the Bangladesh government, local and international NGOs, and host communities
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ROLE MODELS- BOTH ON AND OFF THE PITCH

Brimming with happiness, young Sumona declared, “I play to win”, when she was asked about her heroic performance which led her team, Chanpara Croatia Football Team to victory over their opponents for the day, Chanpara France Football Team.
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Publications

Market Transformation for Women

Women play a central role in agriculture. Rural women throughout Bangladesh make critical contributions to household production and consequently to household and national food security. The specific nature of their contribution vary, for instance women’s participation in economic activities differ considerably according to the type of activity and the place of residence. Traditionally women have played an important role in a wide range of income-generating activities. These rural production activities include post-harvesting, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, pisciculture, horticulture, food processing, cane and bamboo works, and handicrafts. Yet the reality has been that ‘markets’ are not women sensitive nor friendly. Women struggled to be in market spaces as a producer trying to sell their product, or as a buyer to make choices in person. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) took up initiatives in different parts of the country with the intent of changing the market system and practices so as make the market system women-friendly. This called for long-term projects and investment. One such project entitled: Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, aimed to support women Agri -entrepreneurs to evolve into a competitive and successful entrepreneur by participating in the market. MMWW project facilitated the creation of a women-friendly market environment; developing linkages with market actors and relevant stakeholders towards promoting and increasing access for women entrepreneurs in existing rural markets. The project also established linkages with online market platform for women entrepreneurs, so as to promote their engagement in e-commerce. In the present reality of the COVID-19 pandemic online marketing played a great role to sustain the enterprise of women entrepreneurs. They were able to trade their produce and flourish their business in 2020. AAB took an initiative to publish a Photobook to showcase the success stories of women entrepreneurs through the photobook ‘Market Transformation for Women’. It is a testimony of women’s contribution in transformation of society, and the significant contribution to their community, as well as national economy. I believe that Agri-entrepreneurship particularly by rural women is an important growing sector in the economy of Bangladesh. Therefore, it calls for recognition and investment to stimulate growth and further development.
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Annual Reports, Publications

#COVID19: Towards Resilience

ActionAid Bangladesh along with other networks and alliances successfully influenced the review and formulation of the of the 2020-2025 strategy
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Policy Brief on Youth Budget Framework

Due to the demographic window, Bangladesh has the opportunity of harnessing youth potential for achieving long term development objectives. Even though Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has associated investment in youth with the development trajectory of the country through various plans and policies, youth related discussions are not contextualized due to absence of policy coherence and consensus on intended outcomes. Lack of structured and holistic approach towards these discussions result in ineffective implementation of well-intended policies. Hence, this policy brief, jointly developed by ActionAid Bangladesh and SANEM (South Asian Network on Economic Modeling) construes that Bangladesh requires a formal, well-structured Youth Budget Framework (YBF) as part of the national budget to attain vital objectives by cashing in on demo- graphic dividend. A youth centric budget is intrinsically a framework of goals and visions to empower youths economically and socially. The designated monetary allocations in the budget will be analysed through a youth centric lens to equip the evidence-based policymaking process. In short, the youth budget framework will serve to represent the commitments of the Government of Bangladesh to invest holistically in youth development, alleviate challenges and bottlenecks which uniquely affect youths through various channels.
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Policy Brief: Impact of COVID 19 on Entrepreneurs and Workers

To utilize Bangladesh’s current demographic window, Bangladesh must harness its youth potentials to achieve the long-term development. The increased ratio of young women and men who have access to economic opportunities and sustainable income sources will help us to achieve our targeted goals. Access to flexible finances for young women and men especially those with limited indemnity to venture into self-employment or social entrepreneurship plays a crucial role if we want to reap this opportunity. The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) hold the most promise for creating jobs in both rural and urban areas. But the Covid-19 pandemic has hurt this sector as much it has affected our daily lives, specially the women entrepreneurs and workers. This policy brief is an attempt to explore the situation, challenge, and way forward on youth and women responsive strategy for MSMEs.
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PROJECTS

Rana Plaza incident: Survivors are yet to recover

This year Rana Plaza tragedy marked 6th year of the largest industrial accident in the country’s history taking place. Bangladesh RMG sector saw comprehensive reforms and improvements in different areas such as workplace
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EMPOWERING WOMEN RMG WORKERS PROJECT BANGLADESH

ActionAid Bangladesh has been working with the RMG workers for empowering them to claim their rights. The purpose of the project is to improve the working conditions of the workers. To reach its objective we seek to raise awareness on the Bangladesh Labour Law (BLL) 2006 among the workers as well as the management. The approach follows Peer educator techniques and the train the trainer methods to enable the RMG workers in order to create a bottom‐up pressure of rights enablement that eventually will contribute to the betterment of the working conditions as well as the gender friendly workplace. Another approach of our work is women’s café. This woman's café is a place where the women workers are gathered to receive the training on labour law as well as their rights. The workers also conduct meeting and have some game on their rights in this café.

MAINSTREAMING THE UN GUIDING PRINCIPLES (UNGP) ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE BANGLADESH GARMENT, LEATHER AND TANNERY INDUSTRIES

Garment, leather and tannery industries have emerged as the biggest earner of foreign currency in Bangladesh which provided employment opportunities to both women and men (mostly women) from the rural areas who often face violations and exploitation in the workplace.

CAMPAIGNS

BUDGET OLYMPIAD

An alternative model styled as “Budget Olympiad” was developed to popularize the budget discourse among the young people. Budget Olympiad is mainly a national level contest among young people and students to popularize and stimulate the national budgetary issue. After participating in the contests at local level and regional level, the qualified participants gather at National level to take part for final event. The winners are awarded as budget campaigners to move onward with their knowledge and concerns of budget literacy.
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TAX TRIBUNAL

ActionAid Bangladesh organized a tax tribunal in 2018 to mobilize people around the issues of dependence of indirect tax as a key source of revenue which is a burden for the poor and corporate tax avoidance; and initiate a dialogue among stakeholders to demand progressive tax policies.
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HALT CORPORATE TAX

Taking the momentum of November 30, 2017- declared as Tax Day by the government of Bangladesh, a two-week action was planned at the local and national level around corporate taxes and its roles as a key source of revenue to fund public services. The core objectives of this campaign were to raise awareness and generate discussion around issues related to corporate tax avoidance, illicit financial flow and harmful tax incentives, role of corporate taxes as an alternate mechanism of revenue generation vis-à-vis indirect taxes such as VAT. The main demand was “Halt corporate tax avoidance and generate revenue from corporate taxes.”
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NETWORKS

Under Networks, we have Women's Cafe, DBM(Democratic budget movement) 2019.

Networks

YOUNG FEMINIST NETWORK

The Young Feminist Network seeks to bring together young individuals into a platform to promote the freedoms of young women and increase the country’s feminist movement. Objective of the network or alliance : Bring young people together into a platform what would advance young women’s rights and scale up the feminist movement in the country. Currently, 10 youth organization are connected with Young Feminist Network.
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Networks

LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND

The “Leave no one behind” network is supported and coordinated by the ICSO (International Civil Society Organizations); a consortium of 12 partners working to enhance many of these marginalized communities with outstanding outreach and experience reaching them all over the world.
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Networks

DBM 2019

National budget or public budget is not just a dream or a vision, it is the reflection of the aspiration of 16 million people in independent Bangladesh and It is a matter of constitutional rights of all citizens of the country.
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Networks

WOMEN’S CAFE

In Bangladesh, most of the workers of readymade garment (RMG) industries are women. The workers of this sector are rarely aware of their rights, and hardly get any time for recreation due to workplace and family responsibility. Women’s Café is an innovative approach to create a breathing place for the women factory workers. They come to the space for acquiring knowledge on rights related issues, and share personal issues with other workers.
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Networks

DISASTER-FORUM

Disaster Forum (DF) is a Dhaka based National Disaster Preparedness Network of seventy humanitarian and development agencies, research institutions, government departments and independent activists who are working on various disaster and environmental issues with special focus on preparedness.
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