Guidelines for strategic Engagement: Experience based Guidelines for NGOs
Guidelines for strategic Engagements: Experience-based Guidelines for Non- governmental Organisations’ (NGO) are basically meant for UP functionaries, NGO professionals and field workers. However, professionals and field workers from community-based organisations (CBO), and officers from the development agencies will also benefit from this handbook. This handbook is also meant for those who wish to support development projects or programmes and ensure good governance for the people of Bangladesh.
A Roundtable on Sharing the Experience-based Guidelines for Non-governmental Organizations was held on 20 December, 2015 at the Hotel Lake Castle, Gulshan, Dhaka. This roundtable was organized by the Local Governance Network and Initiatives (LOGIN) for Bangladesh Country Platform (BCP), as a special event for knowledge sharing. In this LOGIN Special event, Monzur Hossain, Chairperson, Rupali Bank and Former Senior Secretary, Local Government Division, Ministry of LGRD & Cooperatives was the Chief Guest. Dr. Kabir M. Ashraf Alam, ndc, Member (Additional Secretary), Land Appeal Board and Former, Director General of NILG was the Key Note Speaker and Beate K. Elsaesser, Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh was the Guest of Honour in the event. Members of LOGIN BCP participated in discussion. They are Aroma Dutta (Prip Trust), Ranjan Karmaker (STEPS), Dr. Akira Munakata (JICA), Shahrukh Mirza (WaterAid), Amitabh Sharma (Swiss Red Cross), Rawshan Rahman (Care-Bangladesh) and Md. Akramul Haque (DASCOH) and others. Santanu Lahiri, LOGIN Country Facilitator, BCP moderated this programme. Bangla version of this book is also available.
In line with the National Basic Capacity Development Framework (CapDev) for Union Parishads developed by the National Institute of Local Governance (NILG) with support from LGD and concerned stakeholders, NILG has initiated to develop various relevant products and documents in collaboration with development partners for further ensuring the quality of enhancing capacities of UP functionaries. This book was developed jointly by NILG and SDC in 2014 and this will help UPs as well as NGOs and others to measure effectiveness of engagement of NGOs with UPs for ensuring improved services and good governance.
Guidelines for strategic Engagement: Experience based Guidelines for Non-governmental Organisations is a product resulting from an analysis of the 18 years of learning of the Development Association of Self-Reliance, Communication and Health’ (DASCOH), an international NGO, now a national NGO, located in Barind area of Bangladesh. These guidelines will contribute to establish a strong, responsible and accountable system of mutual collaboration between NGOs and Union parishads. It will be useful to not only NGOs and Union parishads, but also to a wider community of actors engaged in improving local governance in Bangladesh.
This is the first edition and in future more steps will be added by drawing on the experience of other NGOs to make this unique guideline more comprehensive. These guidelines will contribute to establishing a strong, responsible and accountable system of mutual collaboration between NGOs and UPs.