Stop unjust interference of World Bank, IMF and Multinational Companies on development planning of Bangladesh and formulate sovereign development policy based on local resources and capacity free from the dependency and influence of donors
To protest against the unjust debt and foreign aid and undue interference of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like WB, IMF and ADB; people’s movement across the world have declared a “Global Week of Action against Debt and IFIs” from 12-18 October, 2010. In solidarity with this movement, Sushasoner Jonny Pracharavizan (SUPRO)
SUPRO shared its budget demands with the MPs in a Dinner Meeting held on 31 May 2010 at Santoor restaurant, Dhanmondi Dhaka. On the occasion, 10 MPs of different constituencies and SUPRO representatives got together and turned the meeting into an interactive discussion with their opinion and commitment on the budgetary issues raised by SUPRO. The meeting was started by welcome speech of Uma Chowdhury, Director, SUPRO.
To bring attention of the people’s representatives on the grassroots budget demands, SUPRO provided the MPs with a set of papers on demands for inclusion in the coming budget 2010-11. SUPRO highlighted its major demands on making national budget pro people, some of which are general in nature and some are region specific such as, making the budget making process decentralized, ensure active participation of MPs and parliamentary standing committees in the process, increase subsidy in agriculture, introduce agri insurance for farmers, take special measurers on food security of haor areas, establish agriculture based industries locally, take special measurers for regionally and geographically deprived areas like, hill tracks, char and coastal areas.
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