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Launches public fundraising appeal, calling everyone to come forward to deal with this humanitarian crisis

Cyclone Remal has left behind a trail of destruction. An estimated 35,000 houses along the coastal belt have been fully destroyed, and 115,000 houses have been partially damaged. Fisheries, livestock, and croplands have been washed away, affecting immediate and long-term livelihoods. Early estimates by BRAC suggest a long-term economic loss of BDT 1,500 crore.

BRAC has contributed BDT 7 crore (BDT 3 crore from its own funds and BDT 4 crore from one-day salaries of BRAC staff) to the relief assistance fund titled ‘Dakche Amar Desh’ (Bangladesh is calling). In addition, BRAC Bank PLC has contributed BDT 3 crore. This fund will be mobilised for emergency cash support so vulnerable families can procure essential food packages, as well as for rebuilding homes, water sources, and latrines and restoring livelihoods.

Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC, said, “Cyclone Remal has left millions of families in unbearable distress, damaging their homes, land, and sources of livelihood. Our frontline colleagues, community health workers, and volunteers are on the ground, supporting families in vulnerable conditions. The community needs both immediate relief assistance and long-term rehabilitation and rebuilding support.  We are mobilising our own funds to start the immediate work. However, the need is much greater and requires collective, sustained efforts. We urge all sections of society, including generous individuals, private sector partners, and donor agencies, to come forward and join us.”

To donate, please visit: https://brac.net/dakcheamardesh/en/. Contributions can be made through bkash payment  01730321765 (use ‘Make Payment’ option).

For bank transfers, please send your contributions to the following account, BRAC Bank account number 150120-2316474001, Gulshan 1, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka. Other payment options are also available on the website.

BRAC estimates that BDT 2,000 (USD 17) will help a family of four procure essential food items for two weeks, BDT 60,000 (USD 508) will help a family rebuild their house, BDT 60,000 (USD 508) will help repair a damaged tube well, and BDT 40,000 (USD 339) will aid the reconstruction of a latrine.

Selim R. F. Hussain, Managing Director and CEO of BRAC Bank PLC, said, "We are committed to supporting our communities in times of need. BRAC Bank's contribution to BRAC's relief efforts in the cyclone Remal-affected areas underscores our dedication to social responsibility. We believe in the power of collaboration to bring positive change, and together with BRAC, we aim to impact the lives of those affected by this disaster significantly."

BRAC has been closely monitoring cyclone Remal's impact and coordinating with relevant government agencies, humanitarian clusters, and partners at both national and local levels. For the relief effort, priority is being given to women-led households, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with physical and mental disabilities -- especially in hard-to-reach areas. A total of 23,000 BRAC staff including community health workers, and volunteers are supporting affected communities with emergency food and shelter across the impacted regions. Additionally, 1,600 people in coastal areas have so far received emergency food support through local government institutions.

 

DHAKA, 27 May 2024 - Bangladesh is reeling from the aftermath of Cyclone Remal, which made landfall in Bangladesh at 8:00 PM (local time) on May 26.

Ten people have died so far, and strong winds and heavy rainfall continue. Thousands of people remain trapped in waterlogged coastal areas as a result of breaches in embankments and water entering low-lying areas. The cyclone caused a 5-7 ft tidal surge across 16 coastal districts, with eight districts being severely affected. 36 embankments in Khulna, southern Bangladesh, have been breached, causing severe flooding. An estimated 30,000 homes along the coastal belt have been destroyed, with tens of thousands more damaged. More than 22 million people are without electricity as power transmission lines have been shut and millions are without mobile service after the disruption of 12,000 telecom towers.

“The wind was so strong it felt like it was going to blow everything away,” said Md Lefaz Ali, a BRAC district coordinator in Patuakhali, southern Bangladesh - one of the worst affected districts. “I was scared for my life and the lives of my team members. We stayed up all night evacuating people.”

BRAC teams on the ground

Founded in Bangladesh 52 years ago, BRAC has mobilised thousands of its employees. BRAC staff are supporting communities with emergency food and shelter across the impacted regions:

  • 14,000 BRAC field staff are supporting families in vulnerable conditions
  • 8,000 community health workers and volunteers are supporting families with pregnant and lactating mothers
  • 1,600 people in coastal areas received emergency food support through local government institutions
  • Hundreds of families are sheltering in BRAC’s mini cyclone shelters across five districts
  • Emergency cash support is being distributed to people living in extremely vulnerable conditions

“The winds haven’t stopped, and water is still rising in many places, overwhelming drainage systems and resulting in flooding,” said Dr Md Liakath Ali, Director, Climate Change Programme, Urban Development Programme, and Disaster Risk Management Programme, BRAC. “Many people are stranded - it will be another long night ahead with millions not having electricity or shelter, and people having no idea of how damaged their homes, land, and livestock are. BRAC staff and volunteers are on foot throughout villages, distributing food and water and helping people to move to safe areas. Schools, madrasas, government offices, BRAC offices, and BRAC's mini cyclone shelters are now serving as shelters in addition to the official shelters. BRAC is particularly focused on ensuring pregnant and lactating mothers and people with disabilities are not left behind.”

The full extent of the damage is still being assessed. The State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief has stated that the armed forces are ready to support relief efforts.

Monday, 27 May 2024 00:00

Cyclone Remal | Latest Updates

2 million people in direct line of storm; 900,000 already in cyclone shelters; BRAC mobilises 14,000 staff and volunteers

UPDATE [10:36 BST (GMT 6) 27 May 2024]

  • 7 people have died in Barishal, Satkhira, Patuakhali, Bhola and Chattogram
  • There is a strong likelihood of significant damage to houses, agricultural crops and infrastructure.
  • Millions are without power as authorities shut down electricity supply to many areas in advance to avoid accidents, and fallen trees and broken lines disrupted supply.
  • The river embankments in the Sunderbans delta, the largest mangrove forest in the world, shared by India and Bangladesh, suffered heavy damage with high tides breaching protective embankments at many places.
  • There is severe flooding in many districts, and continuing heavy rainfall may also lead to flooding in the capital Dhaka.
  • While the cyclone hit at midnight, impacts still being felt, hampering a full assessment of loss and damage


DHAKA, 26 May 2024 - BRAC teams are mobilised ahead of Cyclone Remal, predicted to make landfall in Bangladesh at midnight (local time) on 26 May. Half a million people living in makeshift shelters are at risk of displacement. Approximately 900,000 people have already taken shelter in 9,000 cyclone shelters. The cyclone is predicted to cause an 8-12-foot storm surge across 16 coastal districts. Behind it, forecasters predict 48 hours of heavy rain. Tidal surges broke through the embankments protecting more than 30 villages in Patuakhali, a coastal district in southern Bangladesh, and flooded the communities. There is a risk of landslides in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.

BRAC teams activated
Founded in Bangladesh 52 years ago, BRAC has mobilised thousands of its employees. BRAC staff are helping communities prepare across the impacted regions:

  • 14,000 BRAC field staff and volunteers are disseminating awareness messages through door-to-door visits, and supporting families in vulnerable conditions to evacuate.
  • BRAC community health workers and volunteers are supporting pregnant and lactating mothers in their communities.
  • Community radio stations are broadcasting early warning directives.
  • BRAC local offices are coordinating with local government offices in each district to distribute emergency food and water during and after the storm. 
  • Five of BRAC’s mobile reverse osmosis water treatment plants in three salinity-prone southwestern districts are ready to provide emergency water support.

Dr Md Liakath Ali, Director, Climate Change Programme, Urban Development Programme, and Disaster Risk Management Programme, BRAC said to CNN,  “severe Cyclonic Storm Remal is headed straight for two million people, at least half a million of whom live in houses made of materials such as clay, wood, plastic sheets, straw or tin”.

The Government of Bangladesh and non-governmental organisations have mobilised trained volunteers, stocked cyclone shelters with dry food supplies, and mobilised medical teams. Rohingya communities living in the camps in Cox’s Bazar are especially at risk of landslides and floods as their shelters are made from tarpaulin and bamboo frames. The Relief and Repatriation Commissioner office has reported that schools, mosques, and madrasas within the camps have been prepared as shelters.

The maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist Great Danger Signal Number 10 - the second highest danger signal, and the maritime ports of Chattogram and Cox's Bazar have been advised to hoist Great Danger Signal Number 9. 

A trawler carrying at least 80 passengers capsized crossing the Mongla river this morning. Two people, including a child, are still missing. All trawler movements have been stopped following the incident.

The aspiration to shape a new future culminated in a vibrant two-day celebration of youthfulness

Amidst workshops on career management, negotiation skills, art therapy, and various other topics, the two-day-long Carnival of Change 2024, organised by BRAC 'Amra Notun Network', concluded today. The focus of today's event was on 'Inspiring the Youth'.

BRAC Youth Platform (BYP) organised this event in BRAC CDM, Savar. Today, Sunday, 28 April 2024, marked the conclusion of this two-day festival.

The young changemakers of 'Amra Notun Network' had the opportunity to participate in workshops on six topics alongside development workers, youth activists, and mental health professionals.

At the end of the workshops, a TED Talk-style discussion ensued with young changemakers and cartoonist and youth activist Morshed Mishu. As a representative of change, Morshed Mishu encouraged the young people to take the lead in solving social problems.

The TED Talk delved into various initiatives of changemakers aimed at bringing transformative changes across various strata of society, identifying obstacles in their work, and brainstorming solutions.

In a World Café-style discussion titled 'Current Climate Crisis', changemakers deliberated various climate-related issues. The session was participated by Dr. M. Liakath Ali, Director of BRAC's Climate Change Programme (CCP), Urban Development Programme (UDP), and Disaster Risk Management Programme (DRMP); Sankalita Shome, Chief Co-ordinator, Bangladesh Sustainability Alliance (BSA) hosted by BRAC; Shamim Ahmed Mridha, Founder and CEO, Eco-Network Global; Tawhida Shiopa, Founder and CEO, Moner Bondhu; Jahnnabi Rahman, CEO and Co-Founder, Relaxy; Murad Ansari, MD and CEO, Psycure; Sadia Jahan Rothi, Board Director, Eco-Network Global; Mehran Khan, Head of BRAC Youth Platform (BYP); and Detepriya Roy Chowdhury, Senior Manager, Strategy and Communications, BYP.

In the final part of the second day, the changemakers participated in a panel discussion titled 'Youth and the Future of Bangladesh', with panelists including social media influencer Arif Jebtik and Dr. Erum Mariam, Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED). The discussion was moderated by Md. Shariful Islam Hasan, Associate Director of BRAC Migration Programme and Youth Platform, who elucidated on how the Amra Notun Network training programme initiated by BYP could influence the mindset of future generations and current youth.

The conclusion of the second day's event was marked by the remarks of Safi Rahman Khan, Director of BRAC's Education, Skills Development, and Migration Programme.

The two-day 'Carnival of Change 2024', held on 27 and 28 April, aimed to inspire and empower the next generation of Bangladeshi changemakers through recognition, dialogue, collaboration, and cooperation.

BRAC Youth Platform is working towards creating a culture of collaborative social leadership among the country's youth, based on compassion, fostering human values, and developing problem-solving skills for the 21st century. The platform, among other initiatives, highlights the significant role of the youth participants of 'Amra Notun Network' in social development.

Celebration of Change: Young Changemakers Award 2024

To celebrate the multifaceted endeavours of the youth leading various changes across the country and to honour their initiatives, BRAC is organising the two-day event 'Carnival of Change 2024'. In this event, participants of 'Amra Notun Network' showcased various social initiatives, and the top 5 projects have been awarded.

Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, the Honourable Speaker of the Bangladesh National Parliament and Asif Saleh, the Executive Director of BRAC, awarded the Changemakers with their prizes. The event, organised by BRAC Youth Platform, started on Saturday, 27 April 2024, at BRAC CDM, Savar.

Addressing the event, the Chief Guest, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, said, "The new generation will think anew, solve anew. They will change society with their entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. Changemakers are working towards this goal." Highlighting BRAC Youth Platform as a new arena for the development of youth intellect and creativity, she added, "We have seen that as a result, young people are finding opportunities for new initiatives, establishing themselves nationally and internationally, and finding easy solutions to many difficult problems."

Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, stated, "Great leaders of the world have brought major changes in the world by determining their priorities beforehand. You have to decide how you will determine yours. Everyone's thoughts will differ, but among those thoughts, some things need to remain common - that is patriotism, love for the people of the country, and responsibility towards them. Just as there is a sense of duty towards the family, towards the parents."

At the beginning of the event, Shariful Hasan, Deputy Director of BRAC Migration and Youth Platform, gave the opening remarks. Then, the young Changemakers who led various social initiatives across different parts of the country showcased their social initiatives and the products they produced at various stalls. Respected guests could learn about their stories of change in various communities across the country, their various projects, products, and services.

Social media influencer Sakib Bin Rashid engaged with the participants through a lively adda.

The top 10 projects were selected through the presentation of innovative ideas from community-based projects under 'Amra Notun Network'. The 'Changemakers Award 2024' was awarded to the top 5 projects: 'Waste to Resource' for waste management, 'Uddomita' for women's skills development, 'Ujjibon' for climate resilience, 'Mukto' for clothing for all, and 'Khadija' for women's IT training.

After the awards ceremony, Raba Khan participated in a lively discussion with the Change Makers to hear their stories of changing society.

At the event, Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC, spoke at a town hall session with the chagemakers, saying, "Do what your heart desires so that you can impact many more lives. Let your dreams be big and strong. And work together. When one person excels in something good, many more come forward. That's why we have created the Amra Notun Network so that we can be by each other's side."

The 1st day of the event ended with a cultural evening presented by renowned musicians Minar and Masha, enjoyed by the participants.

Tomorrow, on Sunday, 28 April there will be a day-long discussion event on various social issues such as climate change, environmental awareness, future leadership, and mutual cooperation.

BRAC Youth Platform is working towards creating a culture of collaborative social leadership among the country's youth, based on compassion, fostering human values, and developing problem-solving skills for the 21st century. The platform, among other initiatives, highlights the significant role of the youth participants of 'Amra Notun Network' in social development.

Wednesday, 06 March 2024 00:00

BRAC Healthcare Centre is now in Uttara

BRAC Healthcare Centre is now in Uttara

BRAC Healthcare Limited, a concern of BRAC Enterprises, inaugurated its second healthcare centre in Uttara.  Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC, officially opened the centre, situated at House 15, Road 12, Sector 6, Uttara, Dhaka, on Wednesday, 6 March, 2024.

Focusing on creating a welcoming atmosphere, BRAC Healthcare centres prioritise a client experience characterised by warmth, empathy, and comfort, aiming to replicate the feeling of being cared for by a close family member.

This expansion marks a significant milestone in the healthcare sector as BRAC Healthcare commits to delivering top-tier, patient-centric medical services adhering to the highest ethical standards. Staffed by a team of highly qualified medical professionals, the centre pledges to meet evolving healthcare needs through six key service pillars: Family Physician and First Aid Care, Doctor Consultations, Health and Wellness (Physiotherapy, Mental Health, and Nutrition), Dental Care, and Diagnostics. The centre also hosts a government-registered model pharmacy, offering access to safe medicines at competitive prices with experienced Pharmacists ready to dispense medication to clients.

In the opening ceremony, Asif Saleh, the Executive Director of BRAC, emphasised, " We acknowledge the prevailing notion that quality healthcare services are often unattainable during emergencies. However, if achieved, it is considered a blessing. We are committed to changing this reality. Patient-centric medical care is our guiding principle at BRAC Healthcare."

Expressing optimism, he remarked, “While it may not be feasible for us to reach the entire population, we aspire to set a standard with the quality of medical services provided by BRAC Healthcare. I hope that witnessing BRAC's exemplary medical care will inspire others to elevate their standards, leading to a positive transformation in the entire healthcare sector.”

Mohammad Anisur Rahman, Senior Director, BRAC Enterprises, stated, "Throughout the one-year journey, our primary objective was to deliver high-quality service to our patients, ensuring a positive experience for them. We believe that we have largely succeeded in this endeavour. Over 90 per cent of individuals who have accessed healthcare from Kazipara centre expressed high satisfaction with our service delivery process.”

Equipped with cutting-edge imaging technology, including X-ray and Ultrasonography (USG), as well as a full-fledged laboratory, the centre promises to deliver timely and accurate test results. BRAC Healthcare's comprehensive dental services encompass regular check-ups, teeth cleanings, cosmetic fillings, tooth extractions and more.

After the successful launch of its first centre at Kazipara in March 2023, BRAC Healthcare served more than 11,000 patients, with 50 per cent of them being women and around 22 per cent below 15 years of age. These patients, and their families, hailed from various socio-economic backgrounds.

This year, BRAC Healthcare plans to extend its services and establishing more centres in various parts of the city and across the nation in the future, aiming to bring positive transformations to the lives of the middle-income population.

The newly inaugurated centre, located at House 15, Road 12, Sector 6, Uttara, Dhaka, is now open for appointments and patient services. For more information about BRAC Healthcare and its services, please visit www.brachealthcare.com, or dial 8809678191911.

Business Unusual – Can we collectively fix financing for locally-led adaptation?

Written by May Thazin Aung, Saqib Huq and Isabel Whisson

Adaptation finance is failing local actors at the frontlines of climate change. A very small proportion of funds disbursed by providers of climate adaptation finance arrives at the local level after being channelled through layers of international intermediaries. 

This meagre amount is incredibly hard for local actors to both access and use towards climate action as financing comes with numerous conditionalities encoded into provider’s and intermediaries’ operational rules and policies. For local organisations, these policies translate to confusing eligibility criteria, lengthy applications, rigid due diligence procedures and detailed financial and impact reporting.

It is vital that adaptation finance institutions transform institutional processes within their bureaucracies towards a more business unusual approach. This will require critical introspection around evaluating, absorbing and distributing risk - reputational, financial and political.

Multilateral funds and bilateral donors have stated their commitment to addressing these roadblocks. However, institutionalising change throughout complex bureaucracies in a way that reflects needs on the ground in communities affected by climate change, entails a thoughtful and inclusive process that needs to involve local actors directly tackling the issues being addressed.

BRAC, IIED and ICCCAD have been championing the shift towards an inclusive ‘business unusual’ approach to climate action along with leaders of federated grassroots and regional organisations from the global south. This month at the Fourth Global Gobeshona Conference, BRAC, ICCCAD and IIED are launching a joint initiative to engage stakeholders across the adaptation finance delivery chain, from bilateral donors, to funds, to local civil society actors to understand what the key bottlenecks are and how they may be ameliorated.

Gobeshona’s Keynote Discussion, ‘Business Unusual - How can we make financing for LLA more accessible? at 06:00 pm Bangladesh Standard Time (12:00 pm GMT) on Thursday 7 March, will initiate a discussion and share a survey to help us gather insights from both local civil society organisations working on the frontlines of climate change, as well as climate adaptation funders on the key challenges both sets of constituencies face in either accessing or simplifying climate adaptation financing.

We will use the findings to work with all relevant actors to identify a practical set of options that reflect the needs and priorities of local implementers engaged in the adaptation financing chain - among whom we share a common goal: to maximise the ability of climate-vulnerable communities to adapt to the climate crisis.

The survey will remain open until 30 April.

Sunday, 25 February 2024 00:00

BRAC Career Hub launches in Khulna

BRAC Career Hub launches in KhulnaBRAC Career Hub launches in Khulna

BRAC has inaugurated a Career Hub in Khulna, signifying a significant effort to connect job seekers with employers, thereby fostering an effective relationship between the two.

The launch event for the Career Hub, organised by BRAC's Skills Development Program (SDP) with support from KFW, took place at the Mohila Krira Complex in Khulna on Saturday, 24 February 2024.

Rashida Begum, Additional DIG, Khulna Metropolitan Police was present as Honourable Guest at the event. In addition, BRAC's Senior Director, People, Culture and Communications, Moutusi Kabir; Head of Secretariat, Climate Bridge Fund, Dr. Mohammad Golam Rabbani; Associate Director, BRAC Skills Development Programme, Tasmiah Tabassum Rahman; and Programme Manager Shahriar Islam was also present at the event.

Rashida Begum, Additional DIG, Khulna Metropolitan Police stated, "Job interviews often inquire about prior experience, yet even in the absence of such, opportunities for skills development are available through the career hub. This avenue subsequently aids job seekers in exploring a range of employment possibilities."

In her inaugural speech, Moutushi Kabir, BRAC's Senior Director, People, Culture and Communications, said, “Consider Career Hub as your ally in advancing your career, your reliable resource for addressing all career-related inquiries. Here, you'll find guidance on shaping a prosperous life post-education. BRAC Career Hub endeavours to establish connections with available job opportunities, cultivate essential skills for recruitment assessments, and bolster the confidence of aspiring job seekers.”

Tasmiah Tabassum Rahman, Associate Director, BRAC Skills Development Programme said, “There are three primary reasons why a student may fail to secure employment matching their qualifications upon completing their studies: inadequate job information, insufficient career guidance, and limited job opportunities. Career Hub aims to address these concerns by providing guidance and support to job seekers in navigating these challenges.

The main attraction of the second part of the opening ceremony was the mesmerising performance of Artcell.

According to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) 2022 data, the current unemployment rate in the country stands at 3.53 per cent. The labour force survey-2022 published by the BBS indicates that the rate of Bachelor's degree holders in the country has increased from 11.2 per cent in the fiscal year 2017 to 12 per cent in 2022. The survey also reveals that the number of unemployed graduates has nearly doubled in these five years, reaching around 400,000 in 2017.

An analysis of government data from the last few years shows that more than 2 million youth enter the workforce every year in the country with little or no practical knowledge and skills. A 2021 survey conducted by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) states that 66 per cent of National University graduates are unemployed. Many jobseekers have never received career counselling or guidance, hindering their ability to develop skills according to employers' needs.

The situation is particularly challenging for women and persons with disabilities due to fewer opportunities to acquire expected skills, negative social attitudes, limited movement opportunities, and societal pressure.

In response to this scenario, employers are also seeking skilled manpower. Taking this into consideration, BRAC initiated this endeavour by establishing career hub centres in Rangpur and Sylhet in 2020. Subsequently, the fourth career hub was opened in Chattogram in 2023, and now in Khulna.

An online platform has also been launched to reach the youth more intensively. Plans are underway to open Career Hub centres in Cox's Bazar and Dhaka this year. This event in Khulna marks the launch of Career Hub services and related facilities for youth, employers, government partner institutions, and other relevant authorities.

Today (15 February 2024), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and BRAC launched the new Bangladesh America Maitree Project that will expand new funding and training opportunities directly to grassroots-level nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to implement development programs in the communities they serve.

USAID Mission Director Reed Aeschliman and BRAC Executive Director Asif Saleh jointly announced the Maitree Project alongside representatives from local NGOs around the country. The project will establish a competitive grant-making facility in which local NGOs can apply for grants to conduct projects in health, education, agriculture, climate resilience, or address other development needs in their communities.

Local organizations will also receive training to improve proposal writing, project design and operational capacity – while strengthening their ability to collaborate, build networks, and develop local solutions to tackle development challenges.

“Locally-led development is the cornerstone of USAID’s philosophy and we are excited to partner with BRAC to help smaller NGOs improve their development programs and foster a more vibrant civil society,” said USAID Mission Director Reed Aeschliman.

Md. Saidur Rahman, Director General (DG) of the NGO Affairs Bureau at the Prime Minister’s Office, welcomed the Bangladesh America Maitree Project and emphasized the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors for the advancement of the country.

In his remark, BRAC Executive Director Asif Saleh said, “Localization is not an end in itself, but rather a means to an end. BRAC started as a relief organization but it grew bigger by continuously listening to the community. All its activities including microfinance, education, and health started as a response to community needs. Local level NGOs must devise their own solutions to address specific challenges instead of relying on donor-driven approaches. And that is why I am so excited about this Maitree Project, which aims to advance locally-led development.”

Local NGOs operating at the grassroots level have played a vital role in boosting Bangladesh's socio-economic development. As the country is eyeing graduation, local NGOs and civil society organizations can more easily adopt innovative program design methods, form partnerships with the private sector, and enhance their organizational strengths – enabling Bangladesh to witness a stronger civil society, significantly contributing to its path to becoming a middle-income country.

The Maitree Project will provide local NGOs with more resources for innovation and growth, and will actively transform the local partner ecosystem by promoting collaboration, coalition-building, and advocacy at various levels. The ultimate goal is to create a more resilient and dynamic civil society, benefiting Bangladesh's overall economic progress.

With support from USAID, the Bangladesh America Maitree Project is implemented by BRAC and aims to strengthen civil society in Bangladesh.

বাংলাদেশের অর্থনৈতিক উন্নয়নে প্রবাসী আয় বা রেমিট্যান্সের ভূমিকা খুবই গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। এক কোটিরও বেশি বাংলাদেশি বৈদেশিক কর্মসংস্থান ও উন্নত জীবনের জন্য বিদেশে অবস্থান করছেন। বছরে তারা ২২ থেকে ২৪ বিলিয়ন ডলারের প্রবাসী আয় পাঠাচ্ছেন। জাতিসংঘের সর্বশেষ পরিসংখ্যান অনুযায়ী ২৮১ মিলিয়ন মানুষ কাজের জন্য বা নানা প্রয়োজনে অন্য দেশে বাস করছেন এবং উভয় দেশেরই আর্থ-সামাজিক উন্নয়নে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ অবদান রেখে চলেছেন। বাংলাদেশকে আর্থিকভাবে সমৃদ্ধ করতে বৈদেশিক কর্মসংস্থান ও প্রবাসী আয় গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা পালন করলেও প্রয়োজনীয় তথ্যের অভাবে অভিবাসন প্রত্যাশিরা প্রায়শই প্রতারণার সম্মুখীন হচ্ছেন। অনেকে অনিয়মিত পন্থায় বিদেশে গিয়ে ব্যর্থ হয়ে দেশে ফিরছেন।

বিশ্বের সর্ববৃহৎ বেসরকারি উন্নয়ন সংস্থা হিসেবে ব্র্যাক বাংলাদেশের অভিবাসনপ্রবণ জেলাগুলোতে নিরাপদ অভিবাসন নিশ্চিত, মানবপাচার প্রতিরোধ ও সচেতনতা সৃষ্টি এবং বিদেশফেরত অভিবাসীদের পুনরেকত্রীকরণের লক্ষ্যে কাজ করে যাচ্ছে। নিরাপদ অভিবাসনের বিষয়ে সাধারণ মানুষকে সচেতন করতে এবং বিদেশফেরতদের পুনরেকত্রীকরণে ইউরোপীয় ইউনিয়ন ও ব্র্যাকের যৌথ অর্থায়নে ‘ইমপ্রুভড সাসটেনেবল রিইনটিগ্রেশন অব বাংলাদেশি রিটার্নি মাইগ্রেন্টস (প্রত্যাশা-২)’ নামে ব্র্যাক একটি প্রকল্প বাস্তবায়ন করছে।

অভিবাসী কর্মী ও তাদের পরিবারের অধিকার রক্ষায় গণমাধ্যমের ভূমিকা অনস্বীকার্য এবং প্রশংসনীয়। অভিবাসনবিষয়ক সাংবাদিকতাকে আনুষ্ঠানিকভাবে স্বীকৃতি দিতে ব্র্যাক ২০১৫ সালে প্রথমবারের মতো ‘মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড’ প্রবর্তন করে। এরই ধারাবাহিকতায় এবার নবম ‘ব্র্যাক মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড’ প্রদান করা হবে।

যেসব বিভাগে/ক্যাটাগরিতে নবম ‘ব্র্যাক মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড’ প্রদান করা হবে
(ক)    সংবাদপত্র (জাতীয়) : অভিবাসনবিষয়ে দেশে-বিদেশে যে কোনো জাতীয়  সংবাদপত্রে প্রকাশিত প্রতিবেদন।
(খ)    সংবাদপত্র (আঞ্চলিক) : অভিবাসনবিষয়ে বাংলাদেশের যে কোনো আঞ্চলিক সংবাদপত্রে প্রকাশিত প্রতিবেদন।
(গ)    অনলাইন : অভিবাসনবিষয়ে দেশে-বিদেশে যে কোনো অনলাইন পত্রিকায় প্রকাশিত প্রতিবেদন।
(ঘ)    টেলিভিশন সংবাদ : অভিবাসনবিষয়ে দেশে-বিদেশে যে কোনো টেলিভিশনে সম্প্রচারিত অনুসন্ধানী প্রতিবেদন।
(ঙ)    টেলিভিশন অনুষ্ঠান : অভিবাসনবিষয়ে দেশে-বিদেশে যে কোনো টেলিভিশনে সম্প্রচারিত অনুসন্ধানমূলক অনুষ্ঠান।
(চ)    রেডিও : অভিবাসনবিষয়ে দেশে-বিদেশে যে কোনো রেডিওতে সম্প্রচারিত অনুষ্ঠান/প্রতিবেদন।
(ছ)    সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া : নিরাপদ অভিবাসন প্রতিষ্ঠায় ভূমিকা রাখা মানসম্মত ফেসবুক পেজ/ব্যক্তিগত আইডি/ব্লগ/ইউটিউব
(জ)    সংবাদমাধ্যম প্রতিষ্ঠান : অভিবাসনবিষয়ে ভূমিকা রাখা প্রিন্ট/অনলাইন/টেলিভিশন।

প্রতিবেদন/অনুষ্ঠান/সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া কনটেন্টসমূহ প্রকাশ বা প্রচারের সময়সীমা
দেশে অথবা প্রবাসে অবস্থানরত যে কোনো বাংলাদেশি সাংবাদিক ও গণমাধ্যমকর্মী আবেদন করতে পারবেন। এ ছাড়া সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া ক্যাটাগরিতে যে কোনো বাংলাদেশি আবেদন করতে পারবেন। অভিবাসনবিষয়ক প্রতিবেদন/অনুষ্ঠান/ব্লগ/সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া কন্টেন্টসমূহ অবশ্যই ১ জানুয়ারি ২০২৩ থেকে ৩১ ডিসেম্বর ২০২৩ তারিখের মধ্যে প্রকাশিত/প্রচারিত হতে হবে।

যোগ্যতা ও সতর্কতা
মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড-এর জন্য জমা দেওয়া প্রতিবেদন/অনুষ্ঠান স্বত্বাধিকার নিশ্চিত করতে হবে। সংবাদপত্রে প্রকাশিত প্রতিবেদনসমূহের অনলাইন লিংক এবং টেলিভিশনে প্রচারিত প্রতিবেদন/অনুষ্ঠানের ইউটিউব লিংক প্রতিবেদনের সঙ্গে জমা দিতে হবে।

যদি অনলাইন লিংক বা ইউটিউব লিংক না থাকে, সেক্ষেত্রে সংশ্লিষ্ট গণমাধ্যমের সম্পাদক/বার্তা সম্পাদক কর্তৃক নির্ধারিত সময়ের মধ্যে (১ জানুয়ারি ২০২৩ থেকে ৩১ ডিসেম্বর ২০২৩) সংবাদ/অনুষ্ঠানটি প্রচারিত হয়েছে মর্মে (প্রকাশ/প্রচারের তারিখ উল্লেখসহ) সত্যয়নপত্র যুক্ত করতে হবে। সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ার ক্ষেত্রে কন্টেন্টগুলো একই সময়ের মধ্যে প্রকাশিত/প্রচারিত হতে হবে। অসম্পূর্ণ/ভুল তথ্যসংবলিত আবেদন বাতিল বলে গণ্য হবে।

আবেদন করার নিয়ম/শর্ত
১.    অভিবাসন খাত, অভিবাসী ও শরণার্থী কিংবা তাদের পরিবারের অধিকাররক্ষায় গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা রেখেছে, এরকম প্রতিবেদন/অনুষ্ঠান/সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া কনটেন্ট (প্রকাশিত বা সম্প্রচারিত) হতে হবে।
২.    সংবাদ প্রতিবেদন বা অনুষ্ঠানের ক্ষেত্রে দেশে বা প্রবাসে অবস্থানরত শুধু বাংলাদেশি সাংবাদিকরাই এই অ্যাওয়ার্ডের জন্য আবেদন করতে পারবেন।
৩.    সোশ্যাল মিডিয়া কন্টেন্টের ক্ষেত্রে যে কোনো বাংলাদেশী আবেদন করতে পারবেন।
৪.    আবেদনকারীকে অবশ্যই তার জীবনবৃত্তান্ত যথাযথ ফরম্যাটের মাধ্যমে (ফরম্যাট শেষ পাতায় যুক্ত) পাঠাতে হবে। প্রয়োজনীয় নথি হিসেবে প্রতিবেদন যে মাধ্যমে প্রকাশিত হয়েছে, তার বিবরণ জমা দিতে হবে।
৫.    আবেদনকারী তার কর্মজীবন সম্পর্কে অর্ধেক পাতার মধ্যে সংক্ষিপ্ত বিবরণ (বাংলা ও ইংরেজি ভাষায়) যুক্ত করে পাঠাবেন। যুক্ত ফরম্যাট পূরণ করে আবেদনপত্রের সঙ্গে পাঠাতে হবে।
৬.    প্রিন্ট মিডিয়ার প্রতিবেদনের ক্ষেত্রে (জাতীয় ও স্থানীয় উভয় ক্ষেত্রে) সংবাদপত্রে প্রকাশিত মূল কপিটি প্রেরণ করতে হবে। সংবাদপত্র ও প্রতিবেদকের নাম ও প্রকাশের তারিখ অবশ্যই দৃশ্যমান হতে হবে। সংযুক্তি হিসেবে প্রকাশিত কপি ছাড়াও সিডি/ডিভিডি/পেন-ড্রাইভের মাধ্যমে সংবাদটির ওয়েব লিংক এবং সফট কপি জমা দিতে হবে।
৭.    বেতারের ক্ষেত্রে এএম এবং এফএম বেতারতরঙ্গে সম্প্রচারিত অনুষ্ঠান অথবা প্রতিবেদন হতে হবে। এর সঙ্গে সংক্ষিপ্ত/সম্পূর্ণ স্ক্রিপ্ট যদি বর্তমান থাকে, তবে তা জমা দিতে হবে। নিয়মিত বেতারে সম্প্রচারিত অনুষ্ঠানের ক্ষেত্রে অন্ততঃ অনুষ্ঠানের পরপর তিনটি পর্বের কপি জমা দিতে হবে।
৮.    টেলিভিশনের ক্ষেত্রে অবশ্যই সম্পূর্ণ স্ক্রিপ্ট সহকারে প্রতিবেদনটি ডিভিডি-র মাধ্যমে জমা দিতে হবে।
৯.    অনলাইন মিডিয়ার ক্ষেত্রে শুধুমাত্র প্রতিবেদনটি ওয়েবসাইটে প্রকাশিত হতে হবে এবং অনলাইনে যেভাবে প্রচারিত হয়েছে সেভাবে সংশ্লিষ্ট প্রতিবেদনটি স্ক্রিনশটসহ জমা দিতে হবে। এ ছাড়াও ইউআরএলসহ সফট কপি সিডি-তে জমা দিতে হবে।
১০.    সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ার ক্ষেত্রে ফেসবুক পেজ/ব্যক্তিগত আইডি অথবা ইউটিউব চ্যানেলে প্রকাশিত অন্তত দশটি কন্টেন্টের লিংক এবং সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ায় যেভাবে প্রকাশিত হয়েছে, সেভাবে স্ক্রিনশট দিয়ে পাঠাতে হবে। (২০২৩ সালের ৩১ ডিসেম্বরের পর কন্টেন্টের কোনো ধরনের সম্পাদনা গ্রহণযোগ্য হবে না)।
১১.    সংবাদমাধ্যম প্রতিষ্ঠানের ক্ষেত্রে ২০২৩ সালে অভিবাসন বিষয়ে তাদের যতগুলো গুরুত্বপূর্ণ সংবাদ/মতামত/অনুষ্ঠান/টকশো প্রচারিত ও প্রকাশিত হয়েছে, প্রতিটি অনুষ্ঠানের ওয়েব লিংক যুক্ত করে পাঠাতে হবে। ওয়েব লিংক না থাকলে সিডি আকারেও পাঠানো যাবে।
১২.    একজন আবেদনকারী একাধিক বিভাগে আবেদন করতে পারবেন। তবে একটি বিভাগের জন্য একটি প্রতিবেদনের বেশি জমা দেওয়া যাবে না।
১৩.    কোনো ব্যক্তি/প্রতিষ্ঠান পরপর তিনবার ব্র্যাক মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড-এ ভূষিত হলে, তাদেরকে আবেদন না করতে বিনীতভাবে অনুরোধ করা হচ্ছে।

বিচারকমণ্ডলী
যেসব প্রতিষ্ঠান বা সংস্থার সম্মানিত বিচারকমণ্ডলী দ্বারা আবেদনকৃত প্রবন্ধ/অনুসন্ধানী প্রতিবেদন মূল্যায়ন করা হবে-
১.    প্রবাসী কল্যাণ ও বৈদেশিক কর্মসংস্থান মন্ত্রণালয়ের একজন প্রতিনিধি।
২.    গণযোগাযোগ ও সাংবাদিকতা বিভাগের একজন শিক্ষক।
৩.    আন্তর্জাতিক সংস্থার একজন প্রতিনিধি।
৪.    একজন গণমাধ্যম ব্যক্তিত্ব।

আবেদনের শেষ তারিখ
নবম ‘ব্র্যাক মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড’ কমিটির কাছে ১৬ মার্চ ২০২৪ তারিখ বিকেল ৫টার মধ্যে আবেদনটি পৌঁছাতে হবে। নির্ধারিত সময়সীমার পরে কোনো আবেদন গ্রহণযোগ্য হবে না। আবেদন সরাসরি বা ডাকযোগে জমা দিতে হবে।

আবেদন জমাদানের ঠিকানা
নবম ‘ব্র্যাক মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড’
মাইগ্রেশন প্রোগ্রাম-ব্র্যাক
ব্র্যাক সেন্টার, ৭৫ মহাখালী (১২ তলা)
ঢাকা-১২১২, বাংলাদেশ

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পুরস্কার বিতরণী অনুষ্ঠান
নবম ‘ব্র্যাক মাইগ্রেশন মিডিয়া অ্যাওয়ার্ড’-এর অ্যাওয়ার্ড প্রদান অনুষ্ঠানের তারিখ সংশ্লিষ্টদের যথাসময়ে জানানো হবে।

 


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