EquityBD Lead “Human Chain” Demonstration Calling for Climate Funds Under a Single Board
Eighteen Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) led by EquityBD formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on October 9 demanding that the government place all climate funds under a single autonomous board and keep the World Bank out of climate finance.
Representatives from APON, ASOW, CSRL, On Line Knowledge Society, EquityBD, Lead Trust, NCCB, BUP, Bangladeshi Bhumihin Somity, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Jatiya Sramik Jote, SIRAC Bangladesh, Humanity Watch, DCI, PRAN, SDO, SUPRO and Voice participated in the demonstration.
Prodip Kumar Roy of On Line Knowledge Center said that government is already being criticized due to lack of transparency on climate fund disbursement. He added that there is hardly any information on what the World Bank is doing with the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund. He urged the government to reconsider merging the two funds (BCCTF and BCCRF) into a single fund management and form an autonomous board like PKSF.
Sayed Aminul Haque of EquityBD criticized the creation of two climate fund boards, which he termed as mere Government Ownership. He proposed an alternative term of "Democratic Ownership" where the board consists of members of parliament who are from the opposition, representatives from the media, local governments and climate victims. He suggested that government abide with the following measures for its disbursed projects – (i) corruption risk assessment, (ii) information disclosure policy, (iii) complaint response mechanism and (iv) participation index at all implementation levels.