Introduction

ActionAid Bangladesh helps promote social cohesion for young people. AAIB seeks to co- convene, facilitate and co-creator with local struggles and connect with progressive social movements, young people themselves and their movements. With increased emphasis on addressing the need and demands of young people supported by the 7th Five Year plan and Sustainable Development Goals, we will seek to address the causes of unemployment amongst young people and support their transitions through securing decent work.With increased rise in fundamentalism, we seek to promote social cohesion and inclusion of the poor and excluded young women and men and minorities.
Core Areas Include:

  • Strengthened agency of young people, their networks and partners that promotes social cohesion
  • Young people, especially young women and minorities are represented and have opportunities for leadership
  • Access to quality skills development and sustainable income through opportunities for decent work, sustainable employment and resilient livelihoods

Background

Women and young people represent most of the population of Bangladesh as the country is experiencing a demographic divide. AAIB believes that these young people are important innovators and drivers of change.Unfortunately they experience high levels of unemployment and marginalisation. Therefore we wish to continue to invest in children and support their growth, skills and knowledge so they can become contributing citizens of the country. Creating additional governance responsibility of ensuring democratic and accountable practices, the AAIB is committed to engage the excluded and marginalised communities across all programs. According to CSP V, in the fifth phase AAIB will continue working with the frontline victim communities and institutions at all levels to fight the impacts of disasters and in partnership with women and young people.

Global Platform

Global Platforms (GPs) is a network of ActionAid’s for youth-led activism which started their journey in Bangladesh in 2015. We provide innovative training and capacity development for young people to lead social, political and economic change around the world. The Global Platform Bangladesh links up with a network of organisations, and connects our youth activists with these networks to enable them to have direct contact with policy specialists and government officials.

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BFI

Programmatic interventions of AAB engage young people, living in exclusion, particularly with young women and marginalized groups that are excluded based on their identity and locality. And all these engagements are meant to create spaces for young people to convene, facilitate and co-create with the local struggles and connect with progressive social movements, at local, national, regional and international levels. The International Youth Day, on 12th August, was an opportunity of ambitious prospect of creating lasting impact and awareness among the youth as well as the greater community.

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Action for Impact

There have never been so many young people alive at once at any other point in history. This massive number means that youth is now the main driver of national, social and economic change. Unfortunately, this very important age group still suffers from a lack of proper support systems. Most countries don't have up-to-date education, health care or chances for skill development when it comes to young people. The youth's voice is also sadly neglected in matters of decision or policy-making. Action for Impact or A4I is a venture that is designed to address these issues. A4I focuses on social change driven by youth.

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Our Reach


196 Young People Achieving Self-Employments


4930 Young People Participated “Youth Hub”


545 Young People in Leadership Position


26 Youth Led Organisations Received Support


1704 Capacity Building Support

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Policy Brief Realising Demographic Dividend through Investing in Young People

The country must prioritise youth development in its national plans and policies as well as in resource allocation to reap the benefits of demographic dividend in coming years.
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Observing Public Service Day 2019

In observation of the Public Service Day 2019, Udayankur Seba Sangstha (USS) organised a seminar at Gomnati Union Parishad in Nilphamari with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh. In the seminar, speakers urged to improve efficiency and develop skills of young people through increasing more vocation training opportunities.
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Blog

Model youth parliament passes the “Dhaka Youth Declaration 2011”

ACTIVISTA Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh’s Communication Unit in collaboration with United Nations Youth and the Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) were responsible for planning this unique event.
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Employers’ Compliance and Decent Work for Young People

ActionAid Bangladesh jointly with Dhaka Tribune organized a round table discussion ‘Decent Work for Young People: Employers’ Compliance and Workers’ Rights’ at Dhaka Tribune conference room on 19 June 2019.
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National Consultation Workshop for Young People

Access to Information (a2i) with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh organized a national consultation workshop with public and private level stakeholders where the discussants talked on different issues regarding the possibilities and challenges of employment opportunities for youth in the informal sector.
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Developing Community, Leading the Change

In December 2018, Maleka Yeasmin, the Executive Director of ASUS, a BFI Partner of AAB in Panchagarh received ‘Joyeeta award’ for her contribution in the community development in the former enclaves in the district.
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news

Observing Public Service Day 2019

In observation of the Public Service Day 2019, Udayankur Seba Sangstha (USS) organised a seminar at Gomnati Union Parishad in Nilphamari with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh. In the seminar, speakers urged to improve efficiency and develop skills of young people through increasing more vocation training opportunities.
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news

Employers’ Compliance and Decent Work for Young People

ActionAid Bangladesh jointly with Dhaka Tribune organized a round table discussion ‘Decent Work for Young People: Employers’ Compliance and Workers’ Rights’ at Dhaka Tribune conference room on 19 June 2019.
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news

National Consultation Workshop for Young People

Access to Information (a2i) with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh organized a national consultation workshop with public and private level stakeholders where the discussants talked on different issues regarding the possibilities and challenges of employment opportunities for youth in the informal sector.
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news

Developing Community, Leading the Change

In December 2018, Maleka Yeasmin, the Executive Director of ASUS, a BFI Partner of AAB in Panchagarh received ‘Joyeeta award’ for her contribution in the community development in the former enclaves in the district.
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news

International Youth Day Celebrated in Bagerhat

Online TV channel, ITV (International Television) published a report on the International Youth Day celebration by Badhon Manob Unnayan Sangstha (Badhon) in Bagerhat. There was a colorful rally from the District Commissioner's office to celebrate the event. Later on a discussion meeting was held at Khan Jahan Ali College Auditorium chaired by Mir Sawkat Ali Badsha from Ministry of Fisheries And Livestock. Mr rishikesh das, deputy director from the Department of Youth Development of Bagerhat along with other guests attended the dialogue session as well, where the speakers talked about the issues young people face and how to address these.
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Investing on Young People

AAB and Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) jointly carried out a research report titled ‘Status and Public Expenditure on Youth Responsive Public Services and Employment-oriented Skills Development’ focusing on the trend of public resource allocation for young people. The report was shared on 21 May 2019 at ERF auditorium in the capital at an event titled ‘Investing on Young People: What Does the Budget reflect?'.
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Local Learning Sharing

Local Learning Sharing event was started by taking registration and chaired at 9.15 AM at Grand Park Hotel, Barisal division with the honorable Guest, distinguish participant and event organizer. The total participants of this event were 58 people from 15 partner organizations’ youth and their representative from division of Barisal, Rajshahi and Rangpur division, 37 Honorable Guest and 10 Media Partners. This event took place on 3rd April of 2019. Guest Ram Chandra Das, Divisional Commissioner, Barisal; Md. Khairul Hasan, Deputy Secretary, Barisal City Corporation, Barisal; Md Akter Iqbal, Additional Deputy Commissioner Barisal and Md. Najmul Hasan, A4I and Young people of Action Aid and Tania Akter Eva of Empire Youth Network of Oxfam was present.
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Blog

Model youth parliament passes the “Dhaka Youth Declaration 2011”

ACTIVISTA Bangladesh and ActionAid Bangladesh’s Communication Unit in collaboration with United Nations Youth and the Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) were responsible for planning this unique event.
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Celebrating International Youth Day 2018: An ActionAid Bangladesh way for claiming safe spaces for youth

AAB emphasizes that young people must claim their spaces, letting their voices being heard and identifying their diverse needs to be addressed by respective quarters. This is imperative in harnessing the potential of young people in changing this world. According to the theme of International Youth Day, young people should have their stake in the decision-making process exercised.
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Young People’s Demands In Achieving SDGs

Young respondents of Chittagong, Bangladesh shared how the presence of a drug-selling market in the community restricts women’s movement in the afternoon only. They demanded more attention be paid in ensuring roads and workplaces are violence-free, with safer transport facilities to workplaces in remote locations, as drug addiction and abuse has become a major security concern for all, especially the young people
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Right sizing for an effective future

When organisations talk of change, and restructure, there is tension in the air – the unknown always leaves staff with a sense of nervousness about the future, these unknowns can be rightly placed as people jobs are put at risk – or the ones whom they care about.
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A seat at the table

Since 2011, Litu and his fellow youth activists have been voicing against child marriage in their community. To date, over 14 incidences of child marriage have been prevented. Most recently, the young people with support from local partner organization Udayankur Seba Sangstha (USS) held a roundtable with local decision makers, and parents of a minor girl who was to be married off.
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Young people, the SDGs and Bangladesh

Over 88% of young people believe the country will be prosperous over the next 15 years. They are keen to be engaged in implementing the next development goals and targets – especially the ones related to health, climate change and employment.
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publications

Policy Brief Realising Demographic Dividend through Investing in Young People

The country must prioritise youth development in its national plans and policies as well as in resource allocation to reap the benefits of demographic dividend in coming years.
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Next Generation 2015 and Beyond

The Report, Next Generation 2015 and Beyond, was jointly commissioned by ActionAid Bangladesh, British Council and the University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh and jointly authored by ActionAidangladesh, British Council, University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh and the Institute of Informatics and Development. This report provides concise findings on key concerns for young people, their engagement in the different sectors as well as opportunity for scaling initiatives by different stakeholders.
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CBA10 Youth Conference Report

This publication is based on the outcomes of the Community Based Adaptation 10 (CBA10) conference and has been compiled from the notes taken by the session chairs and respective rapporteurs. The publication is a summary from the organizers point of view and does not express the views of each individual participant.
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Executive Summary Report of HLPF

The SDGs aim to leave no one behind, reaching those farthest behind first. For this to happen, people who are marginalised- including women, young people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic and religious minorities-must participate. They are best placed to know what their problems are and what might be workable solution. Moreover, the process of participation can itself create solidarity and get people into a position where they can start to make the changes they want.
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Post-event Brief: Policy Forum on Empowering Youth

The Policy Forum titled “Empowering Youth” was jointly organised by Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) and ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) on May 25, 2016 in Khulna, Bangladesh. The idea was to create an open and conducive environment for grassroots youth to engage in candid discussion with high level policy actors on key policy issues.
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Leading the Way

We endorse the UN Global Call on Youth and encourage national and international stakeholders to continue upholding the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) and to partner with young people in its implementation. We firmly believe that the promotion of youth as agents of social change and in positions of leadership will yield the highest return on investment – the nation’s development. Read the ‘stories of change’ to get a glimpse of where we can go together.
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NETWORKS

The network "Leave no one behind" aims to define, support and empower marginalized and vulnerable groups around the world in the application of SDGs. The Young Feminist Network seeks to bring together young individuals into a platform to promote the freedoms of young women and increase the country's feminist movement.

Become an Activista

Objectives of becoming an Activista

  • Advancement of full, productive and decent work for young women and men
  • Increased acess to quality youth and gender responsive public services
  • Increased youth participation and expanded democratic spaces at all levels of decision making