PolAD organized a round table discussion titled 'Women leadership in Local Government for food security and climate justice' at National Press Club, Dhaka on 29 January 2014. Recently Oxfam took an attempt to work with 100 women in Local Government as part of pilot initiative. The major objective of the discussion was to influence local Government for building the capacity of selected women UP members on food security and climate change as a means of empowerment. Oxfam tried to raise voice of women UP members in local Government from rights perspective and shared experiences to appraise the successful women UP members as ‘knowledge Bank’ on food security and climate change.
The discussion was moderated by Monisha Biswas, Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Oxfam. Zakia Haque, Campaign Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy of Oxfam presented the key findings. The other speakers of the discussion meeting were Dr. Zarina R Khan, Professor, Public Administration Department, Dhaka University, Jerome Sayre, COP, SDLG, USAID, Mohsin Ali, Executive Director, Wave Foundation, Asgar Ali Sabri, Sector Head, Social Development and Economic Justice at Action Aid Bangladesh and Aroma Dutta, Executive Director, PRIP Trust.
Policy and Advocacy Department organized Advocacy Skill Development training (2nd batch) from 26-27 January 2014 at YWCA, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. CSRL members took part in the training. The two day training was facilitated by Zakia Haque, Campaign Coordinator, Nazim Ahmed, CSRL Haor group focal person, Tapas Ranjan Charraborty, Campaign Officer and Mousumi Biswas, Campaign Officer, Policy and Advocacy of Oxfam. Apart from the sessions on advocacy tools and techniques, element of advocacy, theory of change, risk assessment, stakeholder analysis, how success happens, keeping women in the heart of campaign, learning from Haor advocacy, advocacy, methods, impact of advocacy, power analysis etc were discussed in the training. The training was attended by 21 participants.
• To familiarize Oxfam partners and staff in Bangladesh with different tools and techniques used for advocacy;
• To learn from the participants’ own experiences of doing advocacy and campaign works, to analyze the impact of their work;
• To enhance the practical and technical skills of participants who are involved in designing, conducting advocacy and public facing campaign works in the country;
• To enable participants to contribute to Oxfam strategic goals and priorities through their on-going evidence based campaigning in their own contexts.
The Steering Committee of the project ‘Strengthening the role of Non State Actors in Climate Change Policy Formulation in South Asia and Enhancing their Capacities to Influence Global Climate Change Negotiations’ was held in Nepal on 25-26 January 2014. The project steering committee comprises of the implementing partners of this South Asia regional project, which are Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), Climate Change Network Nepal (CCNN) and Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Oxfam Nepal and Oxfam Bangladesh and the Regional Center of Oxfam. Members of the Funding team and POLAD team of Bangladesh, members of Oxfam Nepal and CANSA, the CD of Oxfam in Bangladesh and a RC representative took part in the meeting. The meeting discussed on project progress and achievement/result, clarity on financial management, clarity on end of project reporting and came with a roadmap till the end of the project. The 3 year long European Union funded climate change advocacy project will come to an end in March 2014.