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Supporting Citizens' Initiatives: Bangladesh's NGOs and Society

By: Richard Holloway

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1998 | #124233 | ISBN: 1853394289
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This text explains the role currently played by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Bangladesh. From being peripheral organizations, NGO's today have grown in importance and impact to play a major role in different developmental activities. The book answers the following questions: why are Bangladesh NGOs praised throughout the world, yet attacked within their own country? Why are NGOs which take foreign donations treated differently from the government which takes foreign grants and loans, the organizations of the Islamic religion which take foreign grants, or the busieness sector which takes foreing investment? Why do Bangaldeshi NGOs receive adulatory visits from foreign dignitries, but rarely from Bangladeshi dignitaries? The author identifies three key issues in exploring these questions: first the long established assumptions that the people of Bangaldesh have about the rightful role of government (backed up by the assumptions that government has about its own role); secondly, the roles that the Bangladeshi people expect the political parties to play; and third, the roles the Bangladeshi expects charitable organizations to play. The book contains lessons for all those concerned with understanding the relationship between state and civil society organizations throughout the developing world.


NGOs - what are they and why do people get so excited about them; the confusing situation of NGOs, the government and the press in Bangladesh, July-August 1992; the prince, the merchant, and the citizen - long live the citizens associations! civil society - the non-profit private sector; NGOs are only one part of the third sector in the south - an analysis from Bangladesh; the great value of non-government organizations in Bangladesh - an introduction for parliamentarians; introduction to the third sector of society - the voluntary sector; supporting the sustainability of the NGO sector -not just more funds for NGOs; options for sustainability; alternatives to donor funds for south Asian NGOs - what do we know and what do we need to know? background on the proposed NGO Bill 1993; NGOs political parties and government - the election of 1991 and its aftermath; NGOs and political parties - the case of Khet Majur Samity; perspectives on the enabling environment in Bangladesh - opportunities and challenges for NGOs and peoples organizations; building the sector - how Prip helps to build the NGO capacity in Bangladesh; overview of poverty alleviation and PVDOs' role in Bangladesh.

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