Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan – SUPRO (Campaing for Good Governance), a national network of grassroots NGOs in Bangladesh, working to establish economic, social and cultural rights of poor and marginalized people at all spheres of society and state through facilitating right based activism at grassroots, national and global level. SUPRO critically analyses global and national level rules, regulations and policies to facilitate grassroots activism to make these work for the poor and marginalized people.
As an institutional strategy, SUPRO works with the grassroots NGOs and CSOs to unite their voices aiming to sensitise and influence the national and global leaders and policy makers with a view to bringing about desired policy changes beneficial for the people in general and poor and marginalized in particular.
For bringing about pro-poor policy and associated institutional reform through establishing macro-micro linkage; SUPRO engages itself in campaign, mobilization and advocacy on different issues such as good governance; economic justice; PRSP process; budget tracking and analysis; trade justice; climate change; IFI policies and debt cancellation.
SUPRO envisions a participatory democratic society based on principles of human rights that stand for equity and justice for all.
The mission of SUPRO is to facilitate CSOs and citizen actors for collective actions towards establishing economic, social, cultural, political and environmental rights as well as to bringing about accountable and transparent governance system at all levels.
SUPRO, at this stage of its strategic planning, has settled on 10 different objectives to which all activities must contribute in a tangible manner. It has taken into account the SWOT analysis and devised strategies to overcome potential challenges in order to make the organization more effective and goal-oriented. It is also assumed that attaining these objectives would eventually meet future demands of the organization. Programs, projects, and support services are designed to demonstrate progress and achievement towards these common strategic aims and objectives.
At present, SUPRO works closely with 600 local NGOs and CSOs in 45 districts to the above mentioned objectives. As a national network of grassroots-level NGOs in Bangladesh, SUPRO has formulated a strategic plan to enable pro-poor policy change focusing on areas where grassroots NGOs can effectively act on to uphold the rights of the marginalized people on the basis of the approach of Rights to Development. SUPRO supports grassroots NGOs and local level civil society groups to build their capacity so that they can raise their voice against any process of marginalization and exclusion.
Role of Networking Members:
•To organize seminars/consultations at district level
•To raise voice in favor of grass roots people
•Partner organization will be responsible for coordinating the overall process in accordance with the agreed work plan along with concept note
•To carry out campaign activities at district level to mobilize grass roots people
SUPRO is registered with NGO Affairs Bureau, Reg. No. 2273, dated September 26, 2007. The organization is also registered with Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh dated September 09, 2004.
SUPRO was founded as a forum of grassroots-level NGOs on the eve of 8th parliamentary elections in 2001 as a direct result of a collaborative analysis and efforts of local NGOs to campaign for politics free from confrontations and for democratization aimed at bringing about pro-poor policy changes at the central level. In 2004, the National Council (NC) of SUPRO was re-organized, on the eve of formal registration, as a Trust aiming to secure a legal and independent entity. The NC included two women activists to broaden its gender parity and ensure a more balanced representation of women. In 2007, during further structural reforms, SUPRO included four other female activists into NC emphasizing the women’s rights. In order to provide guidance and policy direction to the Secretariat, the NC elected an Executive Board (EB) comprised of nine members. On September 26 2007, the network received registration from the NGO Affairs Bureau of GoB to get access to funds from abroad — a process which made it possible to work as an independent entity. The SUPRO Secretariat is led by a Director to implement the project activities