A two day long conference by Citizen’s Platform for SDGs kicked off
Dhaka December 12 2021:
Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, along with Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and other Partner Organisations, is organising a two days long Conference titled Bangladesh Emerging from the Pandemic: Coping Experiences and Policy Choices.
Bangladesh is currently dealing with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic which has both impacted the traditionally “left behind” communities disproportionately and also created a new group of “pushed behind” people.
The immediate impact of economic adversities has rapidly translated into health, employment, education and other socio-economic fallouts.
Households and enterprises are trying to cope with these adverse consequences of the pandemic as best as possible, but the attainment of different targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were been put at great risk.
While Bangladesh may take the credit for rolling out of the pandemic support at an early stage, its magnitude, composition and delivery have been subject of much discussion and debate.
During the last one and a half years, the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh has invested significantly in exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the disadvantaged citizens and communities of the country. It has carried out face-to-face surveys and reviewed the national and household level experiences, examined the effectiveness of public policy interventions, and reflected on the country’s development landscape and horizon.
The conference had been organised to share some of these scholarly works for further dissemination and validation.
Indeed, through this conference, the Platform intends to build a public policy consensus about an inclusive and equitable post-pandemic transition in Bangladesh.
This “consensus” is expected to provide added momentum in realising the country’s aspirations to “build back better” from the pandemic and to achieve its medium-term development ambitions.
The opening Session held on Sunday, at a city hotel where M A Mannan, MP, Minister of Planning, Government of Bangladesh was present as the chief guest.
Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Convenor, Citizen’s Platform and Distinguished Fellow, CPD presented a paper titled ‘The COVID Consensus: Bangladesh’s Experiences in Dealing with the Pandemic’.
Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP, Bangladesh attend the session as the special guest. Dr Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Professorial Fellow, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) was the special commentator and Advocate Sultana Kamal, Core Group Member, Citizen’s Platform and Member, Board of Trustees, CPD chaired the session.
Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, CPD delivered the opening remarks and Anisatul Fatema Yousuf, Coordinator, Citizen’s Platform delivered welcome remarks.
Dr Selim Raihan,
Plenary session titled Macro-economic and Household Level Impact was introduced by remarks of Co-Chair Professor Mustafizur Rahman Core Group Member, Citizen’s Platform and Distinguished Fellow, CPD.
Presentation on COVID-19 and Bangladesh: Macroeconomic Impact and Policy Choices was presented by Towfiqul Islam Khan Senior Research Fellow, CPD.
Presentation on Marginalised Communities in Bangladesh Dealing with the Fallout from the Pandemic: Findings from a Household Survey was presented by Estiaque Bari Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics East West University.
Professor Dr Selim Raihan, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, SANEM was present as discussants during the plenary session.
Subhra Bhattacharjee Strategic Planner and Head of RCO, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator United Nations in Bangladesh took part during open discussion.
Closing remarks of the session was delivered by Co-Chair Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman Chairperson, BRAC and Executive Chairman, Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC).
The conference Emerging from the Pandemic: Coping Experiences and Policy Choices was followed by two parallel sessions.
Parallel Session one was titled ‘Health & Education’. Introductory Remarks was delivered by Co-Chair Ms Rasheda K Choudhury Core Group Member, Citizen’s Platform.
Presentation on COVID Impact on Vaccination, Food Consumption, Maternal and Child Health was delivered by Fabiha Bushra Khan Research Associate, CPD.
Presentation on Education during COVID-19: impact, coping and policy support was delivered by Najeeba Mohammed.
Altaf Research Associate, CPD remarked as discussants and Dr Rumana Huque Professor, Department of Economics University of Dhaka, Dr Safiqul Islam Former Director, BRAC Education Program (BEP) remarks as special commentator.
Hasin Jahan, Country Director, WaterAid Bangladesh and Co-Chair Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury Core Group Member, Citizen’s Platform and Convener, Bangladesh Health Watch (BSW) delivered closing remarks.
Besides, parallel session two was ‘Coping Strategy and Social Safety Net’.
An introductory remark was delivered by Co-Chair Shaheen Anam, Core Group Member, Citizen’s Platform Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation.
Presentation on Strategies Applied by Marginalised Communities to Cope with COVID-19 and its Effects was presented by Afra Tahsin Chowdhury Research Associate, CPD.
Presentation on Relief Supports in Pandemic Times: Raising the Delivery Effectiveness was delivered by Muntaseer Kamal Senior Research Associate, CPD.
Dr M Abu Eusuf, Professor & Chairman, Department of Development Studies University of Dhaka and Zakir Hossain Chief Executive, Nagorik Uddyog remarked as discussants during the session.
Dr Badiul Alam Majumdar Member Secretary, SHUJAN and Country Director, The Hunger Project, remarked as special commentator while closing remarks was delivered by Co-Chair of the session, Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Core Group Member, Citizen’s Platform and Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
The conference brought together policy actors, academics and experts, development practitioners, international development partners, private sector leaders, Platform Partners, and media representatives.
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