It is the first time, the grassroots NGOs declared 10 points accountability charter for Institutional Governance of NGOs and adopted it for self-assessment to ensure transparent and accountable governance. In the closing session of the Convention titled Convention on Institutional Governance of NGOs, the grassroots NGOs of SUPRO network took oath to institutionze the governance of their respective NGOs where Rasheda K Chowdhury, Honorable Adviser of People’s Republic of Bangladesh spoke as Chief Guest and Mozibur Rahman, Treasurer of SUPRO and Executive Director of SDS, Shariatpur; SUPRO National Council Member Motiur Rahman, Executive Director, Come to Work, Dinajpur; M.A. Salam, Executive Director of PPS, Pabna; KGM Faruqe, Executive Director of PAVE, Bogura; Mahboob Morshed, Executive Director of Darpan, Comilla, Manju Rani Pramanik, Executive Director of Shoroney, Tangail; Sharifa Khatun, Executive Director of Welfare Trust, Jhenidhah; Lolit C Chakma, Executive Director of SUS, Rangamati; Hosne Ara Hashi, Executive Director of Jago Nari, Barguna and Shamima Akhter Moon Moon, Executive Director of SBMUS, Rajbari adopted the Charter on behalf of SUPRO Network. The closing session chaired by Abdul Awal, Chairperson of SUPRO.
The NGOs has done lot of important works in poverty eradication, women empowerment and sustainable development. Specially NGOs has a great role to establish the socio-economic, political and cultural rights of poor and marginalized people at the society and state. But sometimes the role of NGOs is questioned due to absent of her own pre-identified principals and indicators of transparency and accountability. The speakers of the convention identified this problem and vowed for setting up her own accountability and transparency charter.
As culmination of last 4 months discussion with grassroots NGOs and NGO Stakeholders at 42 districts, today at Morning, a convention on `Institutional Governance of NGOs’ is held at LGED Auditorium, Dhaka inaugurated by the Chairman of Transparency International Dr. Mozaffar Ahmed. 50 candle is lighted by the distinguished guests, SUPRO National Council and Network Members to inaugurate the convention where Tahmina Rahman, Country Director of Article 19; Dr. Bodiul Alam Majumder, Secretary of SUJON and Country Director of Hunger Project; Syed Nurul Alam, Executive Director of SAP Bangladesh spoke as guest in this session of the convention. SUPRO Chairperson, Abdul Awal chaired in this session while Chief Executive Officer, Prodip Kumar Roy highlighted background of the convention and welcomed the distinguished guests and participants in the convention.
The convention is held as per strategic decision is taken by SUPRO in 2005 to set out the accountability charter as well as basic principles of NGO activities for network members of SUPRO. After 2 years long discussion with grassroots NGOs; a national workshop on `Development of Institutional Governance of NGOs’ held in last December at Dhaka where National Council members and District Representative of SUPRO network participated and developed a draft charter for accountability. The draft charter is discussed at 42 workshop conducted at 42 districts where representative of local NGOs participated and gave feed back on the draft. The final draft of charter is prepared according to feedback of districts workshop and presented at the convention for finalizing of the charter. The representative of NGOs from 46 districts and distinguished guests from different NGOs participated in discussion on the final draft at working session and finalized the following 10 points of Accountability Charter:
1. Human Rights Approach to Development.
2. Effective Principle for Poverty Eradication.
3. Participatory development approach with marginalized people.
4. Participatory Governance.
5. Participatory Planning and Evaluation.
6. Transparency and accountability in Governance.
7. Financial Transparency.
8. Disclosure of Information.
9. Gender Equality.
10. Responsibility to Environment, Culture and Tradition.
In the working session, the participants suggested self-assessment process to implement the accountability charter at primary level. Mozibur Rahman, Treasurer of SUPRO presented the draft charter in the working session while Mohsin Ali, Executive Member of SUPRO; Asgar Ali Sabri, Head, Social and Economic Justice Theme; Shishir Shil, Executive Director, People’s Empowerment Trust; Shamima Akhter Moonmoon, Member of SUPRO spoke as panel discussant and grassroots members of SUPRO took part in the open session. The session chaired by SUPRO Vice Chairperson Mustafizur Rahman.