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VOICE was formed in 2001 with the aim of challenging mainstream development discourse around the issues of Globalization, International Financial Instiutions (IFIs), and the neo-liberal hegemony, and providing an outlet for alternative voices to express themselves on these issues. We believe that VOICE is the only organization in Bangladesh which is consistently and effectively working on these issues. At its core, VOICE started from a spirit of activism, and believes in having a firm political, philosophical, and ideological position, in taking a stand, unbiased by loyalty to donor agendas.
Initially, VOICE directed its activities against the intervention of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in our agriculture, a practice which has allowed them to phase out local seed varieties and control the sector through liberalization. VOICE was also engaged in better defining the political economy of media and ICTs, which, despite being an influential tool of globalization, can bring enormous benefit to the people if implemented correctly. Finally, VOICE started at this early stage its campaign against IFIs , primarily the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), who had been, and continue to, infringe an our democratic space through impositions and aid conditionalities.
VOICE was established with the mandate of creating linkages not only between policy-makers and the activists at the grassroots level, but also between organizations through partnership, networking , and information exchange in the community.
As VOICE progressed, it expanded its horizons into other related issues, particularly the emergence of a new global financial architecture, climate change and the environment, ICT and communications justice, and other aspects of the changing global scenario.
Through the years, VOICE has joined a number of networks and organizations, which has led it to become much more visible on the international scene. VOICE has been involved with WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) and the CRIS (Communication Rights for Information Society) campaign since 2005; joined the Reality of Aid network and APRN (The Asia-Pacific Research Network) in 2006, and the IFSN (The International Food Security Network) and APC (The Association for Progressive Communications) in 2007.