Introduction

In our engagement with government and its institutions, we seek to support increased capacity at all levels and influence the implementation of legislation. The investment in strategic engagement with the government at all levels facilitates the identification, and prioritisation of issues, and collaboration with development partners.

Background

ActionAid works with tax power, redistributive justice & accountable and transparent public services with the people who need help the most. We seek to continue our advocacy and engagement with communities that enable the poor and excluded to advocate for their rights and have access to public services against the backdrop of shrinking and/or reduced space for civil society.
Core Areas Include:

  • Tax power, redistributive Justice & accountable and transparent Public Services
  • Deepening democracy and civic space
  • Responsible business practices and ensuring workers’ rights

Rana Plaza incident: Survivors are yet to recover

This year Rana Plaza tragedy marked 6 th year of the largest industrial accident in the country’s history taking place. Bangladesh RMG sector saw comprehensive reforms and improvements in different areas such as workplace safety, occupational safety and health, law and policy reforms etc following this tragic incident. Considerable efforts…

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Save Rivers, Save Lives

United Nations General Assembly has already explicitly recognized the human right to water, ActionAid Bangladesh believes that river must be recognized as a living being both legally and practically to protect its right. In this backdrop, ActionAid Bangladesh hosted its fourth annual international water conference ‘River: A living being’ on 29 and 30 January 2019 at Kuakata, Patuakhali.
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People’s Budget Assembly 2019

ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) in coordination with Democratic Budget Movement, the Parliamentary caucus concerned with national development and the annual budget, Dhaka University Centre on Budget and Policy organized ‘People’s Budget Assembly 2019’, a model parliament session to discuss on preparing a participatory budget reflecting hopes, rights and aspirations of the general people, The programme was held on 28 April 2019 at Engineers Institutions Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka.
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Rana Plaza incident: Survivors are yet to recover

This year Rana Plaza tragedy marked 6 th year of the largest industrial accident in the country’s history taking place. Bangladesh RMG sector saw comprehensive reforms and improvements in different areas such as workplace safety, occupational safety and health, law and policy reforms etc following this tragic incident. Considerable efforts have been made by the government, non-government organisations, local manufacturers, international fashion brands and individual stakeholders to ensure compensation, rehabilitation and reintegration of the affected people and workplace safety.
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Halt corp

Taking the momentum of November 30, 2017- declared as Tax Day by the government of Bangladesh, a two-week action was planned at the local and national level around corporate taxes and its roles as a key source of revenue to fund public services. The core objectives of this campaign were to raise awareness and generate discussion around issues related to corporate tax avoidance, illicit financial flow and harmful tax incentives, role of corporate taxes as an alternate mechanism of revenue generation vis-à-vis indirect taxes such as VAT. The main demand was “Halt corporate tax avoidance and generate revenue from corporate taxes.”
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Tax tribunal, Citizens’ Tax 2018

ActionAid Bangladesh organized a tax tribunal in 2018 to mobilize people around the issues of dependence of indirect tax as a key source of revenue which is a burden for the poor and corporate tax avoidance; and initiate a dialogue among stakeholders to demand progressive tax policies. The citizens’ tax tribunal had three key groups- namely the panel of jury/experts, Plaintiff and Defendant.
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Budget Olympiad

An alternative model styled as “Budget Olympiad” was developed to popularize the budget discourse among the young people. Budget Olympiad is mainly a national level contest among young people and students to popularize and stimulate the national budgetary issue. After participating in contests at local level and regional level, the qualified participants gather at National level to take part for final event. The winners are awarded as budget campaigners to move onward with their knowledge and concerns of budget literacy.
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news

Save Rivers, Save Lives

United Nations General Assembly has already explicitly recognized the human right to water, ActionAid Bangladesh believes that river must be recognized as a living being both legally and practically to protect its right. In this backdrop, ActionAid Bangladesh hosted its fourth annual international water conference ‘River: A living being’ on 29 and 30 January 2019 at Kuakata, Patuakhali.
Read More

news

People’s Budget Assembly 2019

ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) in coordination with Democratic Budget Movement, the Parliamentary caucus concerned with national development and the annual budget, Dhaka University Centre on Budget and Policy organized ‘People’s Budget Assembly 2019’, a model parliament session to discuss on preparing a participatory budget reflecting hopes, rights and aspirations of the general people, The programme was held on 28 April 2019 at Engineers Institutions Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka.
Read More

Highlighted

Rana Plaza incident: Survivors are yet to recover

This year Rana Plaza tragedy marked 6 th year of the largest industrial accident in the country’s history taking place. Bangladesh RMG sector saw comprehensive reforms and improvements in different areas such as workplace safety, occupational safety and health, law and policy reforms etc following this tragic incident. Considerable efforts have been made by the government, non-government organisations, local manufacturers, international fashion brands and individual stakeholders to ensure compensation, rehabilitation and reintegration of the affected people and workplace safety.
Read More

event

Halt corp

Taking the momentum of November 30, 2017- declared as Tax Day by the government of Bangladesh, a two-week action was planned at the local and national level around corporate taxes and its roles as a key source of revenue to fund public services. The core objectives of this campaign were to raise awareness and generate discussion around issues related to corporate tax avoidance, illicit financial flow and harmful tax incentives, role of corporate taxes as an alternate mechanism of revenue generation vis-à-vis indirect taxes such as VAT. The main demand was “Halt corporate tax avoidance and generate revenue from corporate taxes.”
Read More

event

Tax tribunal, Citizens’ Tax 2018

ActionAid Bangladesh organized a tax tribunal in 2018 to mobilize people around the issues of dependence of indirect tax as a key source of revenue which is a burden for the poor and corporate tax avoidance; and initiate a dialogue among stakeholders to demand progressive tax policies. The citizens’ tax tribunal had three key groups- namely the panel of jury/experts, Plaintiff and Defendant.
Read More

event

Budget Olympiad

An alternative model styled as “Budget Olympiad” was developed to popularize the budget discourse among the young people. Budget Olympiad is mainly a national level contest among young people and students to popularize and stimulate the national budgetary issue. After participating in contests at local level and regional level, the qualified participants gather at National level to take part for final event. The winners are awarded as budget campaigners to move onward with their knowledge and concerns of budget literacy.
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Poor people, the key sufferers of corporate tax evasion

‘Mistreated’ shows that in Bangladesh 23% of the population (37 million people) is at risk of hunger, 49% of the of children in in primary school fail to complete a full five years education, 43.3% people living in poverty. The lost revenue worth US $ 85 million or 680 crore TK per year could pay for health services for 3.4 million people in a year and change at least one scenario as a stepping stone.
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Price tag of a dream

Selim does not have the life he had before Rana Plaza. He is not physically fit like before. His left leg and left hand is paralysed. Was this supposed to happen?
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A journey by river for river

14 March 2016 was a more eventful day than other days. There was a festive atmosphere in the office. From the morning, candidates of Feminist Leadership Forum (FLF) were conducting their campaign for the new convener position. After successful campaign, election formality started at 3 pm. The former convener handed over the responsibility to the newly elected convener.
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Progressive Tax for Progressive Spending in Education

Action aid calls for a better allocation in the public services through redistribution of Tax: a more inclusive education is likely to benefit all individuals largely equally over the long run, enhancing human capital, productivity and income capabilities.
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South Asia Talks ‘Water Commons’

Cross border talks and joint efforts are imperative to ensure we project a positive impact upon the future generations of this subcontinent.
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TAX JUSTICE – here we stand and we demand!!

The Tax Power campaign of ActionAid Bangladesh has been spreading awareness of the tax injustice and influence redistribution of resources.
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Call for Paper: International Water Conference 2019

ActionAid Bangladesh is organizing the third International Water Conference on January 29- 30, 2019. This Conference will go beyond disciplinary boundaries to embrace multidisciplinary perspectives on water and transboundary rivers, covering a range of thematic areas.
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Invisible Scars: Five Years After Rana Plaza

This report is split into two sections. The first section will focus on the preliminary findings from a follow-up on the survivors and the second will reflect on the current status of the stakeholder initiatives undertaken to address the challenges in the RMG industry post Rana Plaza tragedy.
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Unforgettable & unforgivable: Rana Plaza

The 2013 Rana Plaza collapse killed more than 1135 garments workers and approximately 2,500 injured people were rescued alive. It is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in human history. On April 22, 2017 ActionAid Bangladesh shared the 4th Follow up Survey “Unforgettable & unforgivable: Rana Plaza” on the Status of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of the Survivors and Families of Deceased. In 2017, the survey was conducted on survivors and families of deceased. The sample sizes were 1403 and 607 for survivors and families of deceased.
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Three years since Rana Plaza: the changing RMG sector

This is the preliminary findings of the 3rd follow-up survey on the status of rehabilitation and reintegration of the survivors and the families of deceased, and a critical reflection on the changes in the ready-made garments (RMG) sector post-Rana Plaza collapse.
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Unfinished Duties..

Rana Plaza collapse was the single worst tragedy in the global history of apparel industry the whole world witnessed in April, 2013 at Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. In response to this tragic incident, ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) worked with the survivors and the family members of the deceased workers from the very beginning. AAB has been conducted a rapid need assessment and surveys since 2013. In 2015, AAB commissioned another follow-up survey to assess the psychological and physical health condition of the survivors, to assess the present livelihood status of the survivors and kin of the deceased, reality check on the status of compensation and to identify the gaps in realizing the services.
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Vulnerability of the children and families of the garments workers deceased in Savar building collapse

This report is developed on information from a phone-survey on 278 deceased garments workers who left behind children.
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PROJECTS

Empowering Women RMG Workers Project Bangladesh

ActionAid Bangladesh has been working with the RMG workers for empowering them to claim their rights. The purpose of the project is to improve the working conditions of the workers. To reach its objective we seek to raise awareness on the Bangladesh Labour Law (BLL)…
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Empowering Women RMG Workers Project Bangladesh

ActionAid Bangladesh has been working with the RMG workers for empowering them to claim…

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Advisory and Capacity Building Services on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to Improve the Business Environment in Bangladesh

ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) & Global Rights Compliance (GRC) along with Awaj Foundation and Safety…

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Mainstreaming the UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights in the Bangladesh Garment, Leather and Tannery Industries

Garment, leather and tannery industries have emerged as the biggest earner of foreign currency…

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Mainstreaming the UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights in the Bangladesh Garment, Leather and Tannery Industries

Garment, leather and tannery industries have emerged as the biggest earner of foreign currency…

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Empowering Women RMG Workers Project Bangladesh

ActionAid Bangladesh has been working with the RMG workers for empowering them to claim…

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Mainstreaming the UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights in the Bangladesh Garment, Leather and Tannery Industries

Garment, leather and tannery industries have emerged as the biggest earner of foreign currency…

NETWORKS

Under Networks, we have Stop Violence Against Women Network, Shetu Bondhon Gori, Women’s Collective Network, Sex Workers Network. Women rights and Gender Equity works at 6 tiers and one of them is Networks.