** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

Local, int`l NGOs seek greater partnership

09 August 2015

UNB, Dhaka :Leaders of local and international non-government organisations (NGOs) at a seminar here on Saturday stressed building partnership based on mutual accountability in relations.ICVA (International Council for Voluntary Associations), local NGOs Bangladesh NGOs For World Humanitarian Summit (BNFWHS) and COAST jointly organised the seminar, titled 'Principles of Partnership: Learning and Way Forward', at Brac Center in the city's Mohakhali area.The seminar was jointly moderated by Dr Jamie Munn and Jessica Darby of ICVA and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST.Nurun Nahar Lovely of DSK (Dustha Shastho Kendro) made presentations on the key findings of BNFWHS field-level consultations, which came up with recommendations for equality and dignity based partnership, particularly with international NGOs (INGOs), donor organisations, and UN organisations. In her presentation, Dr Jamie Munn of ICVA also noted that principles such as equality, transparency, result oriented approach, responsibility and complementarities, have been adopted by almost all the INGOs, donor organisations and UN organisations since 2007.In her addressed, Rokeya Kabir, chairperson of Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB), said INGOs should have more development education in their own country to have more positive attitude towards development aid. Snehal Soneji of Oxfam also stressed that INGOs should not compete with local NGOs to raise fund at the national level. "Local NGOs should raise fund targeting local middle class in the country."In his conclusion, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST said all the discourses will have to be spread over the grassroot level, as there is a need of better coordination and understanding of all development stakeholders, particularly among INGOs, local NGOs and UN agencies, as NGOs or development organisations are the main vehicles to promote human rights, secularism and democracy.

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