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Agreement Signing with NGOs to implement UKAid’s Excluded People’s Rights in Bangladesh (EPR) Project

A recent signing of cooperation agreements in January 2019 with more than 100 NGOs with Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) has ushered new hopes to promote rights and equality of 2.09 million people in the country through a five-year project titled ’Excluded Peoples’ Rights in Bangladesh’ (EPR) by UKAid through DFID. MJF, one of the largest national non-government organisations in Bangladesh disbursing funds and capacity building support for human rights and governance work. MJF also enjoys consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Through five programmatic interventions (Strengthening Public Institutions, Security and Rights of Women and Girls, Tackling Marginalisation and Discrimination, Youth and Social Cohesion, and Decent and Safe Work) across various locations of Bangladesh, the EPR Project which began in September 2017 and will end in September 2022, is reaching out to the most marginalised and excluded people, which include persons with disabilities, sex workers, dalits, ethnic minorities, char people, readymade garments and migrant workers and working children in hazardous labour. The project’s main outcome will be enhanced access for poor and marginalised people to economic, social, political, and legal rights and quality public goods and services. At the national level, MJF will focus on improving the governance and rights situation in Bangladesh and will influence policy in order to impact positively on the well-being of extreme poor and marginalised people. (Details information on EPR Project please visit MJF Website: www.manusherjonno.org)

During several rounds of signing ceremonies recently held at MJF’s office in Dhaka, MJF’s Executive Director Shaheen Anam congratulated Executive Directors of 105 NGOs who were selected through a rigorous competitive process to receive the grants. “All NGOs have big responsibilities now to ensure that grant from the British people meant for excluded communities are efficiently spent to produce the desired outcome by strictly following both financial and programmatic guidelines”, she said. She also urged the newly selected implementing partners of EPR to come up with this kind of mentality in a greater way with their maximum effort to make success the new EPR project initiatives in the upcoming days.

It may be mentioned here that UKAid through DFID Bangladesh has allocated GBP 48 million for the implementation of EPR Project. The project is conceptually and strategically consistent with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, as well as Perspective Plan 2011-2021: Making Vision 2021 a Reality; the National Integrity Strategy (2012); the Seventh Five Year Plan (2016-2020); and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.The programme will contribute to three of the strategic objectives in the UK Aid Strategy: a) sstrengthening global peace, security and governance; b) tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable and c) promoting global prosperity.

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