Strengthening networking of federation activities underscored
21 December 2015, Nirapad News: Strengthening networking and transparency in union level federation activities could accelerate institutionalization of democracy and enhance participation of grassroots people in attaining their sustainable development.
The opinion came at the half-yearly meeting of the District Federation Coordination Committee (DFCC) held at Nilphamari unit office of RDRS Bangladesh, a reputed NGO, in Nilphamari town on Sunday afternoon.
Nilphamari district unit of DFCC organised the meeting with assistance of RDRS Bangladesh under the Strengthening Community-based Organisations for Pro-poor Democratic Governance (SCOPE) Project.
The regional project is being implemented in Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Myanmar to improve livelihood of 10.20 lakh marginalised households, including ethnic communities, with financial assistance of European Union, Dan Church Aid and Church of Sweden.
Deputy Director of the Department of Social Service (DSS) for Nilphamari district Abdur Razzaque attended the meeting as the chief guest with President (adhoc) of Nilphamari district unit of DFCC Arbind Roy in the chair.
Head of Programme Coordination of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha, President of Divisional Federation Coordination Committee Ashraful Alam and Programme Coordinator of the NGO for Nilphamari K M Rashedul Arefin addressed as special guests.
Presidents of all 55 federations of Nilphamari, Senior Social Development Officers, Coordinator of the School Feeding Project, Senior Programme Coordinator of Microcredit Programme, Senior Trainer of SCOPE Project, its IT Officer, participated.
The chief guest suggested the grassroots level federations for putting more importance on strengthening communication and networking with government departments and non-government organisations for enhancing their overall and income generating activities.
He put emphasis on completing annual audits of the federations ensuring transparency and submitting their monthly and annual reports to the upazila and district level DSS offices.
For ensuring good governance, strengthening democracy and flourishing new leadership, he suggested for holding biennial elections for electing executive committees of the federations at grassroots as per constitutions of the people’s organisations.
Monjusree Saha said the federations could further accelerate development of the poor to contribute to the national advancement through further enhancing their networks with the government, non-government and local government bodies.
Ashraful Alam put emphasis on taking more effective steps for realising regular fees from members of the federations for increasing their own capitals for adopting more development programmes for members of the organisations.
Rashedul Arefin suggested for displaying the statistics of annual incomes, achievements, success stories and failures of every federation in their offices for informing those to their members to ensure complete transparency in their activities.
In his concluding speech, Arbind Roy said the meeting would definitely bring more dynamism in conducting activities by the grassroots level federations to work for further accelerating development of the poor people in rural areas.