New Study Shows Importance of Trust and Strong Communities in escaping poverty

New Study Shows Importance of Trust and Strong Communities  in escaping poverty

A new study, which includes research conducted in villages mobilized by The Hunger Project in Bangladesh in partnership with BRAC, shows the value of building strong communities, particularly among the lowest income groups. The study’s key finding is that low-income individuals who trust their communities make better long-term financial decisions that can lift them out […]

Care Women’s Economic Empowerment Award Winner

Care  Women’s Economic Empowerment Award Winner

Profession: Farmer Biz School Leader Project: Pathways Village: Fulbari Upazilla: Sadar District: Shatkhira Ms Amena Begum is also a Proud Farmer, earning over 5000 Taka per month. Overcoming all odds she recently won back her land from illicit land-grabbers! She also invested in a Solar Machine so that her children can read with comfort at […]

APARAJITA is working on political empowerment of women

APARAJITA is working on political empowerment of women

She is elected as Upazila Vice president for the first time. As her family members are involved with politics of BNP, she has been involved with the BNP since 1996. She was elected as a Publicity Secretary of BNP Mahila Dal district unit in 2008,  and still holding that position. She is also a member […]

The forward march of Upazila Parisad

The forward march of Upazila Parisad

Challenges and potentials of Upazila Parisad Recently from my experience I have come to think that Upazila Parisad Act in Bangladesh is the best of its kind in South Asia. But some members of the country’s civil society and local government experts find the Act contradictory to the Constitution. But the Upazila Parisad Act was […]

Spreading good practices all over the country

Spreading good practices all over the country

Naimuzzaman Mukta People’s Perspective Specialist A2i Programme Prime Minister’s Office I am a regular reader of` `Shokoler Kotha’. We on behalf of A2i Programme congratulate “Shokoler Kotha’ for entering in its third year journey. Digital centers have been set up at Union Parishads, Municipalities and Zila Parishad for giving information services at the people’s doorsteps. […]

Positive news acts as encouragement for others

Positive news acts as encouragement for others

Akramul Hoque Executive Director DASCOH This is the only newspaper which tells about local governments. `Shokoler Kotha’ has been publishing stories about the good works we have been implementing, even in the face of many obstacles and limitations. We can learn good practices of Union Parishads. Any news on good practice acts as an encouragement […]

Shokoler Kotha is the medium to spread field level grassroots voice

Shokoler Kotha is the medium to spread field level grassroots voice

Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan Chairman, Development Studies Department Dhaka University I read this newspaper regularly. I get the opportunity to learn field level grassroots voice directly through this newspaper. The mainline media largely ignores this kind of news. Persons like us who depend on field level information for our research work are benefited from the […]

Two year journey of Shokoler Kotha: Readers are the main inspiration

Two year journey of Shokoler Kotha:  Readers are the main inspiration

‘Shokoler Kotha’ (Voice of All) has entered its third year of publication. During this short span of time, it has become a widely accepted and credible publication within the LG community – LG stakeholders, including experts and activists, officials and elected representatives. We have successfully reached out to university students, who have also become ardent […]

Industries can be built in Kendua union

Industries can be built in Kendua union

I am the only daughter of my parents. I completed my MSS in political science from Jamalpur Ashek Mahmud College. After completing my education, I joined first this Union Parisad on October 30, 2012 as its secretary and am still working in that capacity.  My everyday works include ensuring presence of the village police in […]

Buripota Union Parishad: Where recognition of children’s merits and collection of taxes work together

Buripota Union Parishad:  Where recognition of children’s merits and collection of taxes work together

An educated child can facilitate local development, which is the catalyst for national development. Realising this, eight years ago, I ventured to prepare a list of primary schools for awarding scholarships. We prepared the list for scholarship on the basis of oral statements of the students. So, a number of students failed to enlist themselves […]

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