Ceasing Donors’ Interference and Ensuring Sovereignty Over Developments Planning
Through a Human Chain organized on 14 February 2010 at Shabag, Dhaka, Sushashoner Jonny Procharavijan (SUPRO), a forum of grassroots NGOs demonstrated its position against the process of formulating second PRSP without any public consultation and its presentation to the donor agencies. SUPRO stood up in the human chain prior to the meeting of the so-called Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF),a consortium of donor agencies scheduled to be held on 15-16 February 2010 where the government is going to submit PRSP-II made without evaluating the implementation of PRSP-I which was adopted from Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) funding. In the human chain
SUPRO reiterated its demands for cancellation of all foreign debts, ensuring unconditional development aid, ceasing donors’ interference in national development planning and ensuring sovereignty over development planning of the country.
More than 50 representatives of like-minded organizations took part in the human chain. Firoza Begum, President of Bachte Shikho Nari, Ferdous Ahmed, Executive Director of SBS and Mousumi Biswas, Iqbal Uddin, Kazi Shafiqur Rahman and Alim-Al-Razy from SUPRO spoke at the Chain. Speakers in the chain said that the Bangladesh government like other developed countries has declared bailout package to overcome the ongoing economic recession. They added that as a consequence of bailout package important service sectors like, health and education might be affected.
The speakers called on the government to adopt self-reliant development policy instead of depending on World Bank, IMF and other multilateral lending agencies. On the occasion, SUPRO placed a set of demands which include: