A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between The Hunger Project-Bangladesh and Community Empowerment Programme & Integrated Development Programme, BRAC on 18th March 2014 at BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka.
Present to witness the signing on behalf of The Hunger Project-Bangladesh were Global Vice President &Country Director of Bangladesh Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar and Anna Minj, Director, Community Empowerment Programme & Integrated Development Programme, BRAC.
BRAC Community Empowerment Programme (CEP) and The Hunger Project-Bangladesh (THP) started a two-year partnership project (February 2014 – December 2015) with a view to strengthen Union Parshads for transparent, accountable and inclusive governance at the local level in order to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs.
Anna Minj expressed her joy and thanked The Hunger Project forinitiating and continuing a remarkable partnership. She alleged that it’s a new category of partnership, relationship for strengthening good governance activities to improve the condition of rural Bangladesh. She expressed confidence that the project will be successful as two committed organization like The Hunger Project and BRAC in action to strengthen local government institutions for transparent, accountable and inclusive governance at the local level in order to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs. The Hunger Project and BRAC have the opportunity to work together for Sustainable Development Progress (SDP) in future too, she added.
Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar acknowledged BRAC for keeping confidence on the partnership of The Hunger Project. He expressed his hopefulness that this initiative will be helpful to bring change in the policy level in a positive way for strengthening local government structure and rural activities in Bangladesh. He said, We have the opportunity to set an inspiring example for Bangladesh Government through this initiative.
We, as a team, going to play catalytic role to capacitate Union Parishads for carrying out their mandates; to create a rural citizenry that holds UP to account and promote MDGs; and to engage in advocacy with relevant local and national level actors including policy makers for ensuring support from government in adopting project learning and institutionalizing best practices, he added.
The project going to be implemented in 14 Upazilas across 3 Divisions, 4 Districts and comprising 61 Unions (12 Unions of Kishoreganj Districts of Dhaka Division; 16 Unions of Bagerhat District of Khulna Division; 33 Unions of Sunamganj&Habiganj Districts of Sylhet Division).
Report by: SaifUddin Ahmed