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‘Child centered projects need greater attention’

  • Published at 10:34 pm November 27th, 2019
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Members of Save the Children addresses a press conference, ‘Child Budget: Dynamics and Challenges to Implementation,’ at its office in Dhaka on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Save the Children recommends swift implementation of child related projects

Save the Children, the world's leading independent organization for the protection of children’s rights has observed and made some recommendations for implementing, formulating, and refining the child budget. 

The NGO has identified that the rate of implementation of child-centered projects is slower in comparison to other government projects.

It has analyzed the implementation situation of 30 projects related to education, health, and safety, in the budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.

Save the Children, Bangladesh, arranged a press conference, ‘Child Budget: Dynamics and Challenges to Implementation,’ at its office in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Save the Children's Child Rights Governance and Child Protection Sector’s Deputy Director Ashik Iqbal, presented the keynote address at the event. 

Besides noting the slower implementation of child related projects, speakers at the conference also observed that every year, the government allocation under the revised annual development program for child education and health sectors has been going down. The overall development of children will be hindered if the trend continues, they feared. 

In addition, despite the increasing levels of torture of children, the budget for  fiscal year 2018-2019 does not reflect efforts to strengthen child protection programs. Save the Children believes that increasing allocations in education and the health sector in the next financial year should be prioritized. Child protection activities should be given importance as well.

“Child-centric approaches need to be prioritized in the initiatives and the  priorities of the ministry concerned with child interests,” the speakers at the conference said.

Abdullah Al Mamun, director Child Rights Governance and Child Protection, of Save the Children in Bangladesh, said: “If we want children to be eligible citizens in the coming days, investment is needed for children. Save the Children focuses on five areas of investment and budgeting for children: allocation to the appropriate sector, transparency in expenditure, citizen participation with children in the budget preparation process, budget allocation from investment, and revenue in the social sector.”

Every year, Save the Children does a budget review. Prior to the budget preparation, Save the Children also ensures children's participation by organizing discussions with the Ministry of Finance.

Faiza Ansari director, Human Resources, Admin and ICT, Mohammad Moshtaq Hossain, director, Humanitarian, Frederick Christopher, director Child Poverty, and other employees of Save the Children were present at the event.