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Gobeshona 6: Role of BRAC in addressing Climate Change

The last plenary session of Day 1 of Gobeshona 6 featured Dr Ainun Nishat, Dr Saleemul Huq in conversation with Ms Hasin Jahan, Mr Khairul Alam, Mr. A.S. Monirujjaman Khan and Ms Hasina Mushrofa on the role of BRAC in addressing Climate Change

The introduction speech was delivered by Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD. In his speech, he mentioned about BRAC being approved by the government to apply for the Green Climate Fund. BRAC will be the third of the direct access accredited entities from Bangladesh to get Green Climate Fund, along with IDCOL and PKSF.

The two presenters of this session were Mr. A.S. Monirujjaman Khan, the Programme Head of BRAC’s Climate Change Programme, and Ms. Hasina Mushrofa, the Programme Head of BRAC’s Urban Development Programme.

Mr Khan’s presentation title was “Mainstreaming Climate Change at the Community Level in the Context of BRAC”. He described the vision and mission of BRAC. Where he mentioned a quote by the late Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, “Small is beautiful but large scale is necessary”. In his presentation, he spoke of BRAC’s gender inclusivity and various interventions in battling climate change. Notably, 41 districts of 64 are under BRAC’s Climate Change Program.

Ms Mushrofa’s presentation title was “Urban Resilience to Climate Change in the Context of BRAC”. She explained the Public-Private-Community participation model for development strategies, stating Kuril Slum as the perfect example. She further mentioned the involvement of ministries, city corporation etc. as the various development partners for their projects.

Apart from the presenters, the two panelists of this session were Ms. Hasin Jahan, Country Director, WaterAid and Mr. Khurshid Alam, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP, Bangladesh.

During the discussion, Ms. Hasin Jahan spoke of the monumental role that BRAC is playing in development sector. She said that, “Think globally but act locally and that is what BRAC is doing”. She praised BRAC’s strategy of engaging the new generation, and spoke on BRAC’s role in income-generation and adaptation for climate-migrants.

The panelists

Mr. Khurshid Alam, in his discussion, began by mentioning the Human Development Report of 2019 where there was a huge inequality in service and technology along with income and consumption. He then emphasized that the topic of climate change should be linked with all goals of SDG not just goal 13. Mr Alam said that BRAC needs to take action in policy making by influencing the policy makers. He urged BRAC to look at the greater impact of the initiatives that they take and to be more engaged in the policy level.

Dr. Ainun Nishat was the Session Chair. In his discussion, he spoke of the importance of the young generation to have a good concept on the various terminologies used for climate change, such as mitigation or even salinity intrusion.

An interactive question and answer session concluded the session.

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