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Civil society leaders urge transparency in Rohingya management

07 March 2022


City Desk :
The Cox's Bazar Civil Society and NGO Forum (CCNF), a network of local NGOs and CSOs, on Sunday demanded transparency and local government participation in the Rohingya response management.
At a virtual press conference the CCNF leaders also demanded a parliamentary caucus on the issue, reports UNB.
They urged a ban on use of plastic andcgroundwater and a limited use of bamboo as part of Rohingya management.
Abu Morshed Chowdhury of PHALS and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST Foundation conducted the press conference.
Hamidul Haque Chowdhury, Chairman of the Ukhiya Upazila Parishad spoke as the chief guest.
Imam of Nowzowan demanded that in respect of joint need assessment local organizations should also be involved.
Neelema Akter Chowdhury of Agrajatra said that, government contribution should be recognized in joint response management, as the government has already made $400 million investment in Bashanchar.
Nazrul of BAPA (Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan) stated that there is a lot of plastic and other waste in the Rohingya camp, and NGOs should be creative in this regard to innovate alternatives.
Surface water should be preserved and used, while groundwater extraction should be stopped now, he said.
He also suggested treatment of Naf river's water for use.
Agrajatra's Helal advised all concerned to buy dried fish and salt from local producers to distribute in the camps.
Mukti Cox's Bazar's Lutful Kabir Chowdhury repeated the Grand Bargain's call to channel 25% of funds through local and national NGOs.
Abu Morshed Chowdhury of PHALS urged that the joint response plan should be a live document so that local organizations will have space to participate at any time, sectors should be reorganized so that local organizations will have leadership.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST demanded partnership policies from international actors aiming toward sustainable local civil society building in Cox's Bazar, the partnership policy should be practiced in a transparent manner without conflict of interest. Local NGOs should be informed, of their weakness while they have not selected as a partner, he said.

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