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VOICE is working actively to combat all forms of economic injustice, from the grassroots to the global policy level. Not just the poor, but many working citizens are subject to economic injustice through imposed economic sector reforms, privatization and wage discrimination.
We are trying to transform knowledge into practice through training dialogues with the different stakeholders in the country.
From underpaid agricultural labourers and garment workers to the privatization of banks and shutting down of jute mills, gross violations of economic justice are happening at every level in Bangladesh. National and international policies are framed in a way that does not reflect the aspirations or needs of both the rural and urban populace.
This campaign also covers issues of national economic governance as well as the global financial architecture. We are working to develop a macro-micro linkage between the community and the policy makers to support democratic participation in policy formation and responsible governance.

Seminar on Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure People’s Participation, Accountability and Human Rights

By farjana - Posted on 24 April 2015

VOICE and Beyond 2015 are going to organize a seminar on `Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure People’s Participation, Accountability and Human Rights’ to be held on 25 May 2015 from 10:00 am. To 2:00 pm. at the Press Club, Satkhira.

The seminar aims at addressing the issues around post 2015 drawing the position and recommendations of the Beyond 2015 engaging local stakeholders to further act on collectively. 

We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion on post 2015 development framework.

 Thanking you.

 For more information, please contact: 01711881919

Reality of Aid Network launches new report on partnerships in post-2015 era

By farjana - Posted on 05 December 2014

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.

PRESS RELEASE: Speakers demanded a people-centred Post 2015 development framework

By farjana - Posted on 19 September 2014

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[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.

Press Conference on UN General Assembly and Post agenda

By farjana - Posted on 17 September 2014

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.

Speakers demanded reduce inequality in the Post 2015 Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 24 May 2014

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A national seminar on `Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’ has been held on 24 May at National Press Club, Dhaka while it was attended by a large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, students. Organzied by VOICE, a rights based organization and Beyond 2015, the seminar was presided over by eminent economist Dr. Kazi Khaliquzzaman while Rustom Ali Foraji, MP, Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, executive director of Unnayan Onneshan, and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE spoke at the seminar among others. Farjana Akter, coordinator of VOICE presented a key discussion paper. 

National Seminar on Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 20 May 2014

VOICE cordially invites you to attend a national seminar on `Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’ which will be held on:

 Date: 24 May 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: VIP Lounge, National Press Club, Dhaka.

The seminar aims at addressing the lesion learnt and challenges of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reconfirming rights, recognizing challenges and redefining new goals from civil society perspective contributing to the Post-2015 Development Framework.

 The United Nations has initiated discussions for the Post Development Framework as the MDGs will take an end in 2015. Governments, different stakeholders including NGOs and civil society organizations etc, are in active discussion on future development agenda contributing to the UN process.

 The seminar will bring a wide range of stakeholders including civil society, NGOs, rights groups, women, trade unions, economists, business groups, researchers, academicians, media etc.

 We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion on post 2015 development framework.

 

Post 2015 Development Framework: People’s Rights and Participation

By farjana - Posted on 19 May 2014

A public dialogue on `Post 2015 Development Framework: People’s Right and Participation’ has been held on 3 May 2014 at Bogra in the Municipality auditorium while it was attended by a large number of stakeholders including NGOs, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, youth, lawyers and cultural groups. Nurul Islam Omar, Member of Parliament attended the occasion as Chief Guest while Abdul Latif Mondal, President of Bangladesh Union Parishad Chairman Association  presided over the meeting. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE and also the executive member of Beyond 2015, which is a global CSO platform working on the post 2015 development agenda was present as Key discussant in the program. It wa smoderated by KGM Faruque, executive director of PAVE-Bogra.

Speakers Emphasized Women’s Rights to include in the Post Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 17 May 2014

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United Nations must emphasize women rights in the Post 2015 development framework, urged Meher Afroz Chumki, State Minister, Women and Child Affairs of Bangladesh. She also demanded that government should include gender equality and women rights as priority area in new framework. United Nations is preparing a new development framework with its member states as the Millenium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015. 

The State Minister attended the roundtable titled `Post Development Framework: Women’s Rights and Participation’ on 17th May at Channel I premises in Dhaka, organized by a rights based development research organization VOICE and Shaptahik while it was moderated by Golam Mortuza, editor of Shaptahik .  

 

Speakers stated that the United Nations has been reviewing the impact of the Millennium Development Goals and preparing post 2015 development framework while women’s rights need to get more focus. It is time for the government of Bangladesh, to strive for new goals. These goals should guarantee not just a decent living wage, but also equality between women and men, a voice in the political and economic decision making, and a right to live dignified lives.  

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