Civic Engagement Alliance in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, through CE project, ICCO will support CSOs at the national, regional and local level to enhance their lobby & advocacy skills and access. Through a bottom up approach, grassroots civil societywill be trained to feed input into regional and national level platforms, and, as a result, the overall space for CSOs to operate will increase. In addition, the project will focus on evidence based lobby related to different programs and connect that evidence to lobby strategies.

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A central objective of CEA is to counter the limited, and decreasing, political space for CSOs around the world. Strengthening the lobbying and advocacy (L&A) capacity of CSOs is central to our Theory of Change (ToC) and the themes addressed in the ToC are closely related to the Multi Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) of ICCO Cooperation, which builds on two main pillars: Justice and Dignity for All and Sustainable Livelihoods.������
SPCC program will be implemented by the ICCO Consortium which is consists of six members: ICCO (lead), Kerk in Actie, coPrisma, Edukans, Wilde Ganzen and CNV Internationaal.

The overall goal of this strategic partnership is to ensure that CSOs and civil society at large in the global South, as well as the global context, can contribute to decreasing inequality and injustice in societies in order to create the conditions for just economic, social and political development. The ToC of CEA contains three pathways of change in Bangladesh, which we believe will enable us to achieve our overall goal:
1. Political space for CSOs: The goal of Pathway 1 is to support and strengthen civil-society organizations (CSO) to be vibrant, with the ability to lobby and advocate for their rights and set their own priorities in a changing and challenging environment. This pathway will work on land rights and informal agro-sector labor issues.
2. Realizing the right to adequate food and nutrition: In order to demonstrate a cost-effective, replicable and scalable model for the prevention of stunting among beneficiary groups in target areas and beyond, pathway 2 will work with the CSA-SUN platform to raise awareness of local CSOs on national nutrition policy and build their capacity on lobby & advocacy. Through the project, local CSOs will then lobby with different public and private sector actors for improved implementation of both nutrition specific and sensitive interventions.
3. Small-producer empowerment and inclusive markets: Over the next five years, pathway 3 will expand the capacity of union level federations of producer organizations and private service providers in policy influencing and advocacy for inclusive market with focus on production, service delivery and market access aspects. Through this pathway, ICCO will facilitate to organize public private initiative platforms through inclusion of public-sector agents, traders association, service providers association and federated producer organizations. The project will also build capacity of different market actors, so that they understand the concept of public private initiatives and have the necessary skills to effectively lobby and advocate for their needs.
Civic Engagement Alliance in Bangladesh


Posted on October 28, 2017

Basic Nutrition and NNP/2015 Training for CSOs

Basic Nutrition and NNP/2015 Training for CSOs

Basic Nutrition and NNP/2015 Training for CSOs
ICCO Cooperation organized a 03 Days long Residential Training program on "Basic Nutrition and National Nutrition Policy/2015" at CSS Ava Centre, Khulna from 15-17th October, 2017 for CSA for SUN Alliance members to enrich their knowledge on Basic Nutrition, scaling up Direct and indirect Nutrition intervention, NNP/2015 and Lobby-advocacy issues to strengthen cooperation and linkage at local and National level on Nutrition Governance and Primary healthcare. There were total 26 participants who were representative of each CSA-SUN Alliance member organization. The 03 Days long training program was ornamented and made resourceful with the presence of relevant Government line department personnel like Deputy Director-Health, Khulna Division. Dr. Md. Abul Fazal, Additional Director-Agricultural Extension Dept., Khulna Division Nitya Ranjan Biswas, Deputy Director-Agriculture, District Livestock Officer and Additional Director-Fisheries Department. Two trainers were hired to facilitate and moderate the whole training program- Mohuya Monjure, Arjon Foundation and Md. Shahidul Islam, Voice of South Bangladesh (VOSB). From ICCO Cooperation on behalf of head of program and Project Manager, Senior Nutrition Officer-ICCO backed up the program for 03 Days. Overall the event was really very successful with active facilitation, participation from participants and presence of handful resource with their rich knowledge tank.

Target group

CEA is working through its partners of three pathways, the target groups of these pathways are:
Pathway 1: Partner NGOs, labor associations, landless farmers, Ministry of Land, Ministry of Labor & Employment and its respective departments.
Pathway 2: CSA-SUN member NGOs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Child and Women's Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fsheries & Livestock.
Pathway 3: Partner NGOs, self help group service providers association, private service providers, extension agent, producers group, federal producer group, private company, department of cooperative etc.


To create a space for different CSO platforms several preconditions are needed to be addressed. Responding to the problematic of having limited space of CSOs in creating enabling environment to promote the rights of the marginalized two key outputs have been determined:

Firstly, through the interventions, primary landless groups will be well organized in raising voice of the marginalized farmers. Strong connection between CSOs and people from the marginalized landless communities will be established through the intervention. Partners will commission several researches on the issues related to the land rights. That will help in establishing strong connection between them as well as give more evidence to do lobby and advocacy.

Secondly, it is expected that CSOs will be stronger and capable in engaging with decision makers. These community based grassroots CBOs will be capacitated to raise the voice of the marginalized in various issues. They will also be capable to negotiate with local government and national policy makers. In the current scenario there is a gap between the community based CSOs and national level policy makers. After 5 years, selected CSOs will have strong platform to deal with policy makers directly. To get the result some preconditions are required to be fulfilled. First of all members of different CSO platforms are needed to be well-connected. Sharing will take place among them. Sometimes members of CSOs can nt realize the needs of marginalized people. In this pathway CSO leaders will learn more to enhance their skills in realizing the needs of marginalized landless people. Increased capacity of CSO leaders in realizing the needs of marginalized and increased capacity of marginalized people in raising their voice together will ensure active CSOs in establishing the rights of marginalized. Finally emphasizing the joint efforts of CSO members will be considered by the decision makers as a strong platform of raising the voice for the marginalized.

Goals overview

The overall goal of this strategic partnership is to ensure that CSOs and civil society at large in the global South, as well as the global context, can contribute to decreasing inequality and injustice in societies in order to create the conditions for just economic, social and political development.
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