Empowerment of Common People

The volunteers, mostly students from different universities and colleges have given an exciting experiences for social transformation with their enthusiastic behaviors! 4 years ago, the journey started with only few volunteers to raise the youth voices against injustice, particularly injustice in the economic sector. With the volunteers, we raise demand for budgetary allocation for youth employment which yet to be undone effectively. The volunteers participated in campaign programme with different networks demanding climate justice, reforming fiscal budgetary process, online privacy, consumer rights, farmers rights! From these campaign, they learn and inspire to form an institutional process which will bring a real change within the individual and society as well!

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Driving Force of Economy: Youth Employment and Remittances

Remittances from the Bangladeshi wage earners abroad stood at $10.64 billion during the first 10 months of the current financial year (July 2011-April 2012), a 10.41 percent growth over $9.61 billion during the corresponding period of the last fiscal.  Total remittances sent by the expatriate Bangladeshis until May 25 stood at $11.57 billion. Central bank governor Atiur Rahman has expressed hope that remittances by expatriate Bangladeshis in the current financial year may cross $13 billion – $1 billion more than the last fiscal. Source: Remittances may top $13 bn: central bank

We read the forcast of governor of Bangladesh Bank, but what is our finance minister thinking! Have any plan to sustain the growth of remittances? We are informed by different media that he is going to present budget for 2012-13 fiscal year, worth around Tk.1.90 trillion. How much he will alocate for the expartriate Bangladeshies and unemployed youths seeking for employment within the country and abroad? We hardly observe the answers on this issues who are one of the major driven force of our economy.

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Alternative of Micro-Credit

Savings is a traditional practice of rural people, particularly of women in Bangladesh.  Youth folk formed club or associations in the rural areas for increasing their saving funds in a short time by giving credit to their neighbors.  About all the clubs and associations could not be sustained due to absent of long time vision or a visionary leader. But a few people from these association or club formed an money lending organization as well as micro-credit institution in Bangladesh for doing financial business.

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Youth Voice for Employment

A pre-budget consultation held with leading economists  where minister or economists, there were no one to focus on employment generation while millions of unemployed youths are fighting for work.  The economists suggested for introduction of a minimum level of income tax on holders of Taxpayers Identification Numbers (TIN), enforcement of an appropriate policy on subsidies, bringing about reforms in the provisions for wealth tax and putting in effective efforts to improve urban transportation and housing sector through budgetary intervention. But everyday millions of people are coming to urban areas particularly in the Dhaka city for searching employment which should be  the major concern of discussion of pre-budget discussion, unfortunately minister and economists have forgotten it.

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Solidarty Economy for Employment Generation and Equal Growth of the Naiton

The global leaders is facing crucial challenges and effects of widespread job losses, increased underemployment and unemployment, growing informal economy and increased vulnerable employment worldwide.  Most of the policy leaders globally are seeking a sustainable solution within the free market economy, a very few are thinking about alternatives. ” Alternative Development Strategies for Job Creation” under this caption the second committee panel of   of Economic and Social Department Affairs under United Nations has searched a solution of increasing unemployment situation and given importance on small and medium sized enterprises for job creation.

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Youth Agricultural Week 2010, Rangpur

Online Knowledge Society organized human chain and colorful rally at Rangpur demanding Agricultural Producers Cooperative and Marketing Cooperative for ensuring Fair Prices of Crops. A memorandum was submitted on that issue to the District Commissioner (DC).