October 03, 2017. Cox’s Bazar. Today International Council of Voluntary Association (ICVA) organized a meeting of local, national and international NGOs with Mr. Mark Lowcoock, UN Emergency Coordinator and Under Secretary General of OCHA. The meeting was organized in the Ocean Paradise Hotel in Cox’s Bazar. Five invited local NGOs / CSOs namely Pulse, YPSA, MUKTI, PHALS and COAST submitted a joint memorandum, where they urged UN agencies to abandon direct operation. They also demanded that, UN agency must avoid tendency of handling the Rohingya crisis single handedly or in monopoly way via any national NGO. They said, it is needed for diversity and innovation and also for local CSOs/NGOs development. It should be noted that these five NGOs are the first responder with relief for the Rohingya refugees recently fled from Myanmar. The group also demanded ISCG (Inter Sectoral Coordination Group) should give access to the local NGO/CSOs, there should be a price coordination among all NGOs, IFRC and UN agencies as local NGOs facing the uneven competition in respect of hiring ware houses, recruiting staff, offices and others in locality. The group also said, as they are trying to develop Cox’s Bazar community responsive to human and refugee right, UN, Development Partners and INGOs must consider to work with host community too, as these community already facing the brunt of extra inflation, high price of commodities, ecological degradation, ground water fall, surface water contamination and stiff competition in employment and in natural resources. The group reminded WHS (World Humanitarian Summit), the Grand Bargain (GB) and the Development Effectiveness (DE) outcomes, where localization and accountability is the prime concern.
Please find the memo which contains 20 demands from Bangladeshi NGOs in this regard.
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