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NGO forum for aid transparency in Rohingya response

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Local NGO forum working in Cox’s Bazar sought aid, transparency and participation of local NGOs in the Rohingya response ahead of Joint Response Plan 2021 to be held on May 18.

The Cox’s Bazar CSO NGO Forum, a network of 50 NGOs working in Cox’s Bazar, has found that $438 aid comes per month for each Rohingya family while only $132 is provided to each household.

Meanwhile, only 4.0 per cent aid goes through local NGOs.

Cox’s Bazar CSO NGO Forum highlighted these at a virtual conference titled “Joint Response Plan (JRP) 2021, Rohingya Response Management and Strategy, Hardly Fit for the Purpose and Futuristic”.

It also suggested a certification-based education and income generating training for the Rohingya people as 65 per cent of the refugee population are youths in Cox’s Bazar.

They made those demands on the eve of JRP 2021 launching on May 18, the plan was prepared by UN agencies in response to the Rohingya response.

The conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury Co-Chair CCNF and Executive Director COAST. Key presentations were given by Abu Morshed Chowdhury.

Co-Chair CCNF and Executive Director PHALS, Arifur Rahman Chief Executive YPSA, Bimal Chandra Dey Sarker, Chief Executive Mukti Cox’s Bazar, and Mujibul Haque Munir, Joint Director, COAST also spoke at the event.

At the outset of the conference Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said that opinions of the locals had little reflection in the document.

He also mentioned in the last four years, the ISCG (Inter Sectoral Coordination Group) led by UN expatriates, hardly been able to produce any statistics on how much fund has gone to host communities, how much money has been used for local procurement and how many local staff have been employed.

Mubjibul Haque Munir said that, a study showed that there are per 21 thousand refugees daily made 3.3 tonnes of waste, where most are plastics.

“In Ukhiya and Teknaf there is a huge ground water level crisis. So, there should be a complete ban on using plastics, and also on ground water exploitation. River water treatment should be there. There should be an environmental recovery pooled fund,” he added.

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