Integrity in NGO activities stressed for sustainable development

RANGPUR Enhancing integrity in NGO activities along

with ensuring better GO-NGO coordination are crucial for ensuring successful

implementation of uplift activities to attain the sustainable development

goals (SDGs).

The views were expressed at a meeting of the Upazila NGO Coordination

Committee organised by Kawnia upazila administration at its conference room

in the upazila town here on Wednesday afternoon.

Presided over by Kawnia Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ulfat Ara Begum,

executives of different NGOs conducting development and service delivery

activities in the upazila, civil society members and local journalists

participated in the event.

Junior Consultant (Surgery) of Kawnia Upazila Health Complex Dr. Khondker

Mominul Islam, representatives Abdur Rahman of RDRS Bangladesh, Uday Dewan of

Islamic Relief, Rezaul Karim of Leprosy Mission and Irene Akhter of the Asia

Foundation addressed.

The UNO discussed objectives of arranging the meeting aiming at properly

implementing the government's integrity strategies to establish transparency

and accountability in NGO activities.

She narrated tremendous successes already achieved by different NGOs in all

sectors of development for backward, poor and distressed people in Kawnia

upazila like elsewhere in the country.

She specially stressed on ensuring proper selection of beneficiaries,

coordination and transparency to overcome the tendency of avoiding prevailing

rules in conducting activities by some NGOs damaging image of other NGOs

working with reputation.

The participating NGO representatives expressed their firm commitment to

bring more transparency in their activities and ensure better coordination to

avoid overlapping problem and ensure reaching services to backward people for

their development.

Dr. Islam stressed on expanded GO-NGO collaboration to reach public

services to backward people, enhance women participation in decision-making

process and create more income generation scopes for them to speed up rural

development.

The NGOs should maintain better coordination and work with local

administration and local government bodies to ensure smooth development of

socially backward people for attaining the SDGs by 2030, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)