Rights activists blast EU position on MDTF


 

Citizen Protest against DFID conspiracy to involve World Bank as Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MTDF)

Photo: Atikul Islam Polash, EquityBD, Please read the Statement: Unite against World Bank Conspiracy with MTDF

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News from Media:

Rights activists on Monday criticised the suggestion of the European Union ambassador to Dhaka, Stefan Frowein that the World Bank should manage Bangladesh’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund on a temporary basis.    They termed neo-colonial the EU position on MDTF, saying they have been consistently pushing Bangladesh government to accept World Bank in managing the fund.

‘The statement from the EU ambassador and state minister for environment and forest on MDTF is contradictory as the state minister recently said the Bangladesh government should have sole authority over the fund,’ Prodip K Roy of Online Knowledge Centre told a human chain.

An alliance of nineteen rights organisations, led by EquityBD, formed the human chain programme in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka. Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD moderated the programme addressed, among others, by Feroze Ahmed of Lead Trust, Shipra Das of Kishani Shova, Tusar Rehman of Citizen Rights Movement and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury and Shasuddoha of EquityBD. They also criticised the EU for imposing conditions on inclusion of the World Bank in management of MDTF.

The rights groups attending the programme are Arpon, AMKS, Eso, Bangladesh Krishak Federation, CSRL, EquityBD, Kishani Shova, Lead Trust, On Line Knowledge Centre, Potikrit, La via Campesina, MFTD, Prantik, Purbasha, RCASV, Swadin Bangla, Garments Sromik Federation, Solidarity Workshop, Sirajgonj Flood Forum and Uddipan.

Feroze Ahmed of Lead Trust in his speech said two-third of the World Bank projects across the world depend on fossil fuel, which are causing carbon emission. Besides, most of the WB projects in Bangladesh have failed, so the WB should not be involved with any projects anymore, he added. Shipra Das of Kishani Shova said the EU and other developed countries are the major carbon emitters and they must compensate first to climate change-affected countries without any condition. Tusar Rehman of Citizen Rights Movement said the government must maintain sovereignty in climate fund and such a fund should be channelled through an independent foundation. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD said unless the government finaliaes the management modalities of MDTF.

Source: The Daily New Age, 16 March 2010, http://www.newagebd.com/2010/mar/16/nat.html

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20 rights bodies condemn EU Terms for fund

Members of different rights organization formed a human chain in front of National Press Club yesterday in protest against EU condition to include World Bank in the management of Multi Donor Trust Fund. NN photo

 Staff Reporter, The New Nation

An alliance of twenty rights organizations, led by EquityBD, condemned the EU for imposing conditionality to include the WB in the management of MDTF. They criticized a recent statement of the Ambassador of the European Union, Mr. Stefan, while he suggested the World Bank to manage the country’s Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) on a temporary basis.

They termed EU position on MDTF as neo-colonial as they have been consistently pushing Bangladesh to accept World Bank to manage the multi donor trust fund. The rights organizations expressed such views through organizing human chain and rally in front of the National Press Club. Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD moderated the rally while, among others, Prodip K Roy of Online Knowledge Center, Feroze Ahmed of Lead Trust, Shipra Das of Kishani Shova, Tusar Rehman of Citizen Rights Movement, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, and Md. Shamsuddoha of EquityBD spoke.

The organizations of the rights groups include; Arpon, AMKS, Eso, Bangladesh Krishak Federation, CSRL, EquityBD, Kishani Shova, Lead Trust, On line knowledge center, Potikrit, La via campesina, MFTD, Prantik, Purbasha, RCASV, Swadin Bangla Garments Sramik Federation, Solidarity Workshop, Sirajgonj Flood Forum, Uddipan and EquityBD.

Prodip K Roy of Online Knowledge Center mentioned that statement from the EU Ambassador and State Minister for Environment and Forest on the management of MDTF is contradictory, while Minister mentioned the government of Bangladesh will have sole authority over the fund.

Feroze Ahmed mentioned that, two third of the World Bank projects still on fossil fuel projects, which are causing carbon emission. Moreover most of the World Bank project in Bangladesh is failed project, so the WB should not be involved with any projects anymore.

Tusar Rehman mentioned that, Government must maintain sovereignty in climate fund and such a fund should be channelled through independent foundation.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD mentioned that their movement will continue till government will not finalize management modalities of MDTF.

Source: The New Nation, 16 March 2010, http://ebiz.ittefaq.com/issues/2010/03/16/news0231.htm

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