VOICE is a rights-based, activist organization working mainly on the issues of food sovereignty, aid effectiveness, economic justice, and the right to information and communication, both in Bangladesh and on a global scale. By building a broader constituency of alternative voices to the ‘mainstream development discourse’ through research and public education, VOICE is taking a stand against unjust and undemocratic practices.
With a few months before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, how development cooperation should adapt to the new post-2015 environment – particularly the partnerships that underscore such cooperation, is a key debate.
The Reality of Aid 2014 Report titled “Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development,” with 27 civil society contributions from both aid-recipient and donor countries, provides unique perspectives to this question.
VOICE contributed a article in the report titled " Redefining partnership: The Need for a holistic approach for effective development partnership in Bangladesh"
Since the early 1990s, the Reality of Aid Network (RoA), a Southern-led North/South network on reforming aid policies and practices, publishes a major global report assessing development aid for poverty reduction with an emphasis on qualitative analysis of the national and multilateral aid regime.
The RoA Reports analyse and advocate key messages relating to the performance of aid donors from a unique perspective of civil society in both donor and recipient countries. These Reports have developed a reputation in many donor countries as an important independent comparative reference for accountability and public awareness of development cooperation issues.
[29 November 2014] Speakers stressed to formulate data protection law to uphold right to privacy and personal information protection from abuse. A press briefing organized by VOICE, a rights group, was held at the TMSS’s Usha conference room at Bogra yesterday (Saturday).
A TV Talk Show on Right t Privacy will be broacasted at Boishakhi Television today on 28th ctober 2014. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, excutive director of VOICE and Privacy Rights advocate will moderate the show while Barrister Tanjib ul Alam and Prof. Shamim Reza from Dhaka University will present as discussant.
A lecture on Privacy and Communication Surveillance held on 26 October 2014 at the premises of Rajshahi University. The lecture program was jointly organized by VOICE and Muktodhara Network, Rajshahi. Salim Reza Newton and Manun Haidar from Mass Communication & Journalism Department and Bokhtiar Ahmed from Anthropology department spoke in the event.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud provides the insights on privacy drawing examples and briefly explain about the country situation.
Salim Reza Newton points out the implication of ICT Act on right to privacy. He said the ICT Act (amendment) has increased the possibilities of surveillance to online communication within legal frameworks.
Manun Haidar indicates that the country does not have any data protection law, anyone can be the victim of misuse of the surveillance.
Civil society organisations challenge UN representatives and Member States to be more ambitious in defining a transformative post-2015 agenda. ‘The post-2015 agenda must aim higher.’ This was the message shared by civil society representatives from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific, at an event held during the week of the 69th UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday 24 September 2014, organised by the Beyond 2015 global campaign, and hosted by the Governments of Bangladesh, Colombia, Kiribati and Sweden.
The current post-2015 proposal includes 17 goals and 169 targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. These will serve as a universal global agenda for the period 2015-2030. Around the world, civil society organisations and community groups including those involved in Beyond
2015, are calling for world leaders to aim higher for an ambitious post-2015 agenda. Particular areas where Beyond 2015 is urging for a higher level of ambition include human rights and equality, climate change, environmental sustainability, people’s participation, and peace and security.
Experts and rights activists on Friday demanded a people-centred post 2015 development framework to ensure meaningful participation of all concerned stakeholders.
They urged the concerned authorities to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate post 2015 framework to succeed in the Millennium Development Goals, said a press release.
The speakers were present at a conference titled ‘A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda: Citizens’ Demands and Expectations’ held at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium, jointly organised by rights groups VOICE and Beyond 2015.
In the upcoming 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014, United Nations is going to prepare a new sustainable development framework with its member states as the Millennium Development Goal will end in 2015.
While presenting the keynote paper, VOICE executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud said the framework should address challenges including increasing rate of consumption, human rights, human security and inequality, climate change, and deteriorating global social cohesion.
The post 2015 framework should have a rights-based approach based on equality, equity and non-discrimination to ensure people’s rights to participate fully in society and decision-making, he said.
[Dhaka, 19 September 2014] Speakers demanded a people-centred Post 2015 development framework ensuring the meaningful participation of all concerned stakeholders where civil society in the process leading up to Post 2015 Summit. 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014 that is to commence next week in New York focuses on the theme “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”. United Nations is preparing a new sustainable development framework with its member states as the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015. Speakers also urged to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate Post 2015 framework to success the Millennium Development Goals.
The press conference titled “A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda : Citizens’ Demands and Expectations” was held today ( Friday) in city’s Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium organized by a rights group VOICE and Beyond 2015. President of Karmajibi Nari and former senior research fellow of BIDS Pratima Paul Majumder, Executive Director of VOICE Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Director of Supro and also the member of Beyond 2015 Alison Subrata Baroi, Chief executive of Online Knowledge Centre Prodip Kumar Roy spoke before the press.
Greetings from VOICE!
You know that the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) theme is “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” while UN Member States are invited by the President of the 69th Session to comment on this issue during the General Debate (starting on September 24, in New York). During the UNGA, civil society organizations around the world are also gathering to raise their voices with specific demands for a just and fair world we want.
As you know, Hon'ble Prime Minister and the members of Bangladesh delegation will be attending the assembly and will be engaged in the discussions on the post 2015 agenda. As a research and advocacy organization, VOICE has been actively working on Post 2015 development agenda in partnership with others boat at home and global scale. Before the UNGA, we would like to draw the important issues to the public, thus, a press conference will be held from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Friday 19 September 2014 at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium ((1st Floor, Sagor-Runi Auditorium) 8/4 A, Topekhana Road, Segun Bagicha, Dhaka). We will draw up the civil society position including Beyond 2015 in the briefing for the public interest. You attendance and contribution will enrich our position altogether.
The cabinet yesterday approved the National Broadcast Policy-2014, keeping much scope for the government to misuse the policy in the name of maintaining standard of news, programmes and advertisements in the electronic media.
Once in force, all contents of radio and television will come under strict government monitoring.
False, discriminatory and misleading information and statistics must be avoided in news and programmes, according to the draft policy.
Media professionals and experts oppose any policy that may curb the independence of the mass media.
“We expected a cooperative broadcasting policy, not a regulatory one,” said Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, chief editor of Boishakhi television, when asked about the draft.
Some main features of the policy include upholding the spirit of the Liberation War, protecting the country's language, culture and values as well as broadcasting news related to the development.
Briefing reporters, Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan claimed the policy was made to ensure freedom of speech, free flow of information, social responsibility of the media and have independent and responsible mass media flourish.
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The policy will restrict the airing of programmes that satirise national ideals, undermine people and harm the unity and solidarity of the country.
Post-MDG framework, Experts for addressing growing rich-poor gap
With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire by 2015, experts in Bangladesh have laid emphasis on addressing the growing inequality between the poor and the rich in the post-2015 framework.
The MDGs were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000 to achieve eight goals by 2015.