Report from the First National Char Convention, Bangladesh

Report from the First National Char Convention, Bangladesh

26 February 2016

Char areas in Bangladesh remain some of the most isolated and deprived regions in the country. The convention was a high-profile advocacy event which aimed to draw the attention of the government and policy makers to the plight of the people from the Chars. Concern Worldwide played a key coordinating role in organising the event.

Participant speaking at the First National Char Convention. Photograph taken from the post-convention publication. Photo credits: Chars Livelihoods Programme, Frameln Productions and Unnayan Shamannay.

The First National Char Convention 2015 was attended by 1,200 people in total, including key government officials, ministers, NGO representatives, donor representatives, civil society players and activists as well as more than 600 people from the Chars.

The ultimate aim of the convention was to end all discrimination, and determine a consolidated way forward out of poverty for all Char dwellers.

Concern’s technical unit and Char Programme Team were deeply involved in the preparation for this event, in particular in ensuring that stakeholders came together under the same umbrella to campaign for Char development.

Apart from this post-convention publication, Concern and OXFAM jointly funded the publication of a 14-point Declaration. This was presented to relevant ministers to sensitise them to the needs of marginalised Char-dwellers. The declaration, which calls for the formation of a central Char authority, is also available from page 295 to 298 of this report.

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Report from the First National Char Convention, Bangladesh

This post-convention publication presents the speakers, research papers and media reaction to the First National Char Convention which took place on 6 June 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.