On 27th June 2021, CARE Bangladesh organized an advocacy workshop with service providers and service recipients at the Ukhiya upazila conference room. The main objective of the workshop was to create local governance-friendly correlation and coordination among the Upazila level government representatives and civil society members to strengthen local governance for Disaster Risk Reduction. The workshop was organized by CARE Bangladesh’s Accountable Governance for Disaster Risk Reduction (AGDRR) project. Prosenjit Talukder, Upazila Agriculture Officer (UAO), graced the event as Chief Guest while Emamul Haque, Senior Team Leader (Host Community, Cox’s Bazar), CARE Bangladesh presided over the meeting.
In the opening remark, Prosenjit Talukder said, “Information is power. We are now in the era of information flow. Ignorance of information or disinterest of our farmers is the main obstacle in getting better services.” He also stated that, “a clear idea of existing services is being obtained from the Citizen charter of various departments. Farmers can now easily access the agricultural services from an Android app named - Farmers’ Window.”
Al Mamun, Project Implementation Officer (PIO) of Ukhiya Upazila said “Many people in a community are not aware of the services which are allocated for them or how to avail them. They should be informed about the services allocated for them and the process through which they can use those.”
Participants from the community, such as Aysha Akter, a member of Village Development Committee of Delpara Village, 7 no ward, Rajapalong Union, expressed her gratitude for showing them the means to avail the services and she wishes to share the information with other people as well.
Upazila Social Service Officer (USSO), Upazila Range Officer, Station Officer of Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD), and Upazila Secondary Education Officer (USEO) were present as part of the government service providers while the representatives of the journalists’ group, UNDP, IOM, Save the Children, BRAC participated as a non-government service provider. On the other hand, representatives of 15 Village Development Committees (VDCs) participated as service recipients.
CARE Bangladesh’s Accountable Governance for Disaster Risk Reduction (AGDRR) project has been working in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, aiming to contribute to inclusive disaster risk governance and peaceful cohesion within and between Rohingya and host communities through active civil society engagement with the support from Danish Government. The project activities are focusing on the unions of Rajapalong & Palongkhali and camp-13, 14 and 16 in the Ukhiya upazila (sub-district).