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Issue 136

June 2014
AIRD Executive Director Visits CIRDAP and Bangladesh
Visit of Afghan Delegates to SMEs in Bangladesh and CIRDAP 3
Research News
International Seminar on Sustainable SME Development in Bangladesh 4
Special Networking Meeting on SME 4
Special Meeting on Incubation Committee 5
Local Governance Initiative and Network (LOGIN Asia) Meet at CIRDAP 5
Meeting with International Finance Corporation (IFC) Regional SME 6
Venture Coordinator
Meeting with Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Ltd. (CRAB) 6
LOGIN Consultant Visits CIRDAP 6
SME Networking Group Meeting 7
International Seminar, Lombok, Indonesia 7
CIRDAP and UNDP Collaborative Meeting 8
Pilot Projects Update
Workshop on Horizontal Learning Process, Nepal 9
Round-table Meeting with Development Partners 10
Meeting with Hon'ble Foreign Minister, Nepal 10
Regular Meeting of HLP Working Team 11
Workshop on Horizontal Learning Process, Indonesia 11
Staff Participation 12
Training News
CIRDAP - NIRD Collaborative International Workshop-cum-Training 13
Programme on Food and Nutritional Security Assurance through
Efficient Response and Technology Management
One Year Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Rural Development 14
Management (PGDRDM) (8th Batch - 2014-15) Conducted by the
National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India
CIRDAP - NIRD Collaborative International Training Programme on 15
'Application of Geo-Informatics System (GIS) for Mitigation and
Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management'
Information and Communication
Training Course on Digital Repository Software D-Space at 16
Meeting with Director, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth 16
Development (RGNIYD)
CIRDAP Organises e-Learning Workshop for Underprivileged Children 17
Asia-Pacific J ournal of Rural Development Editorial Board Meeting Held 17
Success Story
Mr. Boonlue Taokaew-Soil Doctor 18
Development News 19
CIRDAP In-house Annual Review Planning 24
Seminar (CIARPS) 2014
Building Bridges 31
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Cover photo shows CIRDAP participants on a field visit to Poultry
Directorate-a food and nutritional security initiative
Editorial Board
Chairperson: Cecep Effendi
Editor: Vasanthi Rajendran
Member: Hossein Shahbaz
Editorial Assistant: Fahima Bintee J amal
AIRD Executive Director Visits CIRDAP and Bangladesh
Visit of Afghan Delegates to SMEs in
Bangladesh and CIRDAP
CIRDAP arranged a visit for a three member delegation of
Afghanistan headed by Mr. Ghulam Haider, Executive
Director, Afghanistan Institute of Rural Development
(AIRD) and also a member of Technical Committee to
Bangladesh at the CIRDAP Headquarters in Dhaka during
24-27 J une 2014. The other members of the delegation were
Mr. Mohammed Omar Anwarzay, National Research
Coordinator, AIRD and Mr. Baryalai Haqmal, AREDP
SME Operation Officer, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation
and Development (MRRD). The purpose of their visit was
to gain exposure to the best practices of rural development
in Bangladesh. During their visit, they had several
successful and fruitful meetings. They met with Secretary,
Rural Development Division of the Government of
Bangladesh, Post Harvest Technology Division of the
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI),
Gazipur, SME Foundation Bangladesh, SME Department,
Bangladesh Bank, Daffodil International University and the
Milk Vita Project. They had detailed discussions on matters
related with CIRDAP and AIRD at CIRDAP Headquarters.
Afghan Delegates at CIRDAP Visiting CIRDAP Library
Visit to Post Harvest Technology Division of BARI, Gazipur Bangladesh Visit to Milk Vita as a SME project of the Government
Women entrepreneurs are facing hurdles to get access to
SMEs financing due to lack of knowhow and procedural
problems. The SME sector players such as SME
Foundation, Women Chamber of Commerce and others
should play a pro-active role in promoting women
There should be effective collaboration between SME
sectors and higher education institutions in the field of
research, Human Resource planning and technology
Refinancing is an important issue for the upliftment of the
SME sector in Bangladesh which needs to be
strengthened. Compliance, regulations etc. should be
relaxed or liberalised in order to boost up the sector.
Special Networ king Meeting on SME
Held at CIRDAP
A special networking meeting on SME, jointly organised by
CIRDAP, BIBM and Bangladesh Bank (BB), was held at
CIRDAP Head Quarter, Dhaka on 14 May 2014.
Ms. Emily Scott, Acting Country Director of CARE
Bangladesh and Mr. Christoph Schroer, Senior Advisor,
Financial System Development, GIZ and their team were
present in the meeting. Mr. Md. Abul Basar, Deputy General
Manager of BB, other related officials of BB, Head of SME
of banks and NBFIs, officials of CIRDAP and a good
number of representatives from different developing and
donor organisations like GIZ, Care Bangladesh, SR Asia,
Spreeha, Bangladesh Agro Processing Association (BAPA),
who are working for the development of the SME sector of
Bangladesh, were also present in the meeting. Mr. Hossein
Inter national Seminar on Sustainable
SME Development in Bangladesh
CIRDAP, in association with Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh
Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) and MIDAS (UK) in
a joint effort, organised an International Seminar, the first of
its kind in Bangladesh on "Sustainable SME Development
in Bangladesh" on 30 April 2014 in the CIRDAP
International Conference Centre (CICC). The main purpose
of the seminar was to make recommendations for a
sustainable SME Sector in Bangladesh by formulating long
term and effective rules and regulations keeping in view the
global perspectives.
Inaugural session
Dr. Atiur Rahman, Honourable Governor of Bangladesh Bank
was present as the Chief Guest, Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy
Governor, Bangladesh Bank was the Special Guest. Mr. George
Abraham, Director, MIDAS (U.K) chaired the programmeme.
Chief Guest, Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman stressed on such
types of international joint initiatives to ensure sustainable
SME development. The Governor thanked the speakers and
chair for taking the trouble to come to Bangladesh and
rendering their valuable contribution for the interest of the
SMEs of Bangladesh. A large number of Managing
Director/CEO of Banks, Non-Bank Financial Institutions
and Representatives from SME Associations, Women
Organisations, Chambers and SME related various national
and International Organisations participated in the seminar.
There were open discussions after both the sessions. The
participants of the seminar asked various questions and
made several valuable recommendations. After thorough
discussions by the discussants and participants, a number of
recommendations were made on which a seminar paper will
be published and conveyed to policy makers and regulators
for implementation of the recommendations.
Research News
DG, CIRDAP addressing the meeting
feasibility study because NSIC requested 700,000 Indian
Rupees (USD14,000). She informed that Hindustan
Machine Tools (HMT) team which visitied CIRDAP had
offered to do the feasibility study provided that the cost of
travel, boarding, lodging of the team was taken care.
It was informed in the meeting that in order to seek financial
assistance from donor or government agencies to install the
incubation centre, there should be a feasibility study. Mr
Sukamal, as coordinator of the Incubation Committee has
already communicated with NSIC of India to conduct the
feasibility study for which a substantial amount is required.
If the feasibility study is done, financial assistance can be
sought from the Government of India through the Indian
High Commission in Bangladesh. Director General,
CIRDAP informed that CIRDAP is ready to provide logistic
support such as accommodation, food etc. to any overseas
organisation interested in conducting the feasibility study.
He requested Mr Sukamal to communicate with NSIC and
get their final decision. If NSIC is unable to provide
support, an alternative must be found. He also emphasised
strengthening linkage with other institutions in Bangladesh
(e.g. Daffodil University) for better collaboration with them.
They showed keen interest in providing the place for setting
up the incubation system.
Local Gover nance Initiative and Networ k
(LOGIN Asia) Meet at CIRDAP
The second meeting of the LOGIN Bangladesh was
organised on 15 May 2014, at CIRDAP in which twenty
representatives from various institutions participated. The
meeting began with a welcome address given by Mr.
Hossein Shahbaz, Director Research a.i., which was
followed by discussion on 7 agendas such as: (i) Discussion
on the minutes of the last meeting; (ii) Local Governance
Stakeholder Analysis for 2014; (iii) Criteria selection for
LOGIN Membership; (iv) Selection of Candidates for
LOGIN 2014 Learning Offers; (v) Learning Offer on
Shahbaz, Director, CIRDAP delivered the welcome address
on behalf of CIRDAP and gave some background
information regarding the meeting while mentioning the
other experiences regarding creating the Network Group
among different stakeholders on a specific subject. Dr.
Cecep Effendi, Chair of the meeting, in his concluding
remarks, called for intensive initiatives, joint efforts and
ensured all sorts of cooperation from CIRDAP.
After thorough discussion, the following recommendations
were taken unanimously :
Opening of a facebook group on "SME Network Group"
through which communication will continue.
Continuous communication throuth email and mobile
phones will continue.
Each organisation will inform all representatives present
about their new ideas and also any programme they are
thinking about or will organise.
Efforts will be taken to arrange different programmes
jointly and unitedly.
Other SME dedicated organisations will be included in
future meetings. All will be invited to use the newly
created facebook group.
All sorts of information will be uploaded in the facebook
group to ensure smooth running of the group.
Networking meeting will be arranged in each quarter.
Next meeting will be held at IDLC, Head Office. IDLC
and SR Asia will give presentations in the next meeting.
Thus future meetings will be held in other offices. In each
meeting, two organisations will make presentations.
Mr Bidhan Chandra Shaha, AD, BB will work as Member
Secretary. He will take advice and assistance from Mr.
Md. Abul Basar, DGM, BB; Mr. Zahid Ibne Hye, Head
of SME, IDLC; Mr Hossein Shahbaz, Director, PPD,
CIRDAP; Mr. Rawshan Zadeed, Head of SME, Trust
Bank Ltd and any other representative. Mr. Choudhury,
SME Faculty Consultant will also supervise and monitor
the activities.
Special Meeting on Incubation Committee
A meeting of the Incubation Committee was held on 14
May 2014 to discuss the progress of its activities. Mr.
Sukamal Sinha Choudhury, SME Faculty Consultant, BIBM
& Bangladesh Bank briefed about the progress of the
activities. Dr Vasanthi Rajendran, Director ICD, CIRDAP
briefed about the alternative institute for conducting
Incubation Committee members participating in discussions
IFC has gathered a lot of field level experiences in
Bangladesh which may be useful for others for effective
promotion of SME. So, a round table discussion will be
organised by the end of August jointly by
IFC/CIRDAP/BB/BIBM to share their experiences.
CIRDAP is going to organise a Regional Seminar on
"SME Development in Afghanistan: Sharing Regional
Experiences" in Afghanistan in August 2014 where IFC
may be invited to participate to share its experiences on
Supporting and Financing SME.
Meeting with Cr edit Rating Agency of
Bangladesh Ltd. (CRAB)
Mr. Tajul Islam, Senior Vice President of CRAB visited
CIRDAP and met with Director Research a.i. on 21 May
2014 to discuss possible collaborative issues with CIRDAP
in connection with SME development in Bangladesh.
Several issues were discussed which are summarised as
SME Rating and SME Rating Fund Concept
Concept dissemination through CIRDAP-IFC Seminar
Utilisation of CIRDAP IT Platform and Facilities for
Training on Risk Management for SME entrepreneurs
Concept of setting up SME Exchange, SME Information
Exchange, Credit Guarantee Fund (CGF), Mutual
Guarantee Fund (MGF), Credit Linked Capital Subsidy
Scheme (CLCSS), Innovative Cluster Funding
Technique, Benchmarking Services etc. could be
discussed through SME Networking Platform.
These issues could be explored further in the SME sector in
Bangladesh with the assistance of CRAB.
LOGIN Consultant Visits CIRDAP
Dr. Cherian J oseph, Consultant, Institutional Development
and Learning, Local Governance Initiative and Network
(LOGIN) paid a visit to CIRDAP on 10 J une 2014 to discuss
matters related to LOGIN initiatives in the region.
Particularly, he discussed about the forthcoming visit of the
Nepal team in Bangladesh, administrative matters related to
Horizontal Learning Programme (HLP) and peer to peer good
practices. He also enquired about the local government
initiative in CIRDAP Member Countries (CMCs). He briefed
about the progress of networking, the briefing was attended
by Mr. Hossein Shahbaz, Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Vasanthi
Rajendran, Director ICD, Training a.i., CIRDAP among
others. Dr. Rajendran opined that since many of the CMCs
Demand Basis; (vi) LOGIN Management Event; and (vii)
LOGIN Envisioning 2017. It was decided that the Project
which has a long term vision, may be considered as an
associated member. Union Parishad (UP) Helpline and
Media Professional may also become members of LOGIN.
Meeting with Inter national Finance
Cor por ation (IFC) Regional SME
Ventur e Coor dinator
A special meeting with Regional SME Venture Coordinator,
Mr Arsalan Alfred was held at CIRDAP on 20 May 2014 on
possible collaboration with "SME Networking" in
Bangladesh. The meeting was coordinated by Mr. Hossein
Shahbaz, Director Research a.i, CIRDAP and Mr. Sukamal
Sinha Choudhury, SME Faculty Consultant, BIBM &
Bangladesh Bank (BB), Mr. Bidhan Chandra Shaha of BB
and Mr. Shafiqur Rahman of CIRDAP were present.
The IFC representative, while briefing about the activities of
IFC informed that there is ample scope for promotion of
SME in the region, especially engagement of Youth in the
SME sector to provide them with employment. He
mentioned that IFC is currently involved in food security
issues including reduction of post harvest losses. After
thorough discussion, the following recommendations were
made to initiate collaboration with CIRDAP and
Bangladesh Bank:
A one day workshop will be organised collaboratively by
CIRDAP, BB and IFC where SME holders will be invited
to have interactions with IFC and IFC will deliver a
presentation. SME, Bangladesh will be invited to share
their experiences in the workshop. The workshop may be
organised by mid- J une.
CIRDAP will prepare a concept note to initiate "Agri-
business Incubation Centre" in Bangladesh following the
experience of IFC in Nepal and it will be submitted to IFC.
Director, Research, a.i., addressing the LOGIN meeting
programmes. Mr Hossein Shahbaz was the second speaker.
He briefed about CIRDAP and also explained about the
HLP as the good practice of Local Government of
Bangladesh which can be a proper method to improve the
knowledge of the villagers if it is replicated in the context of
Indonesia properly. He mentioned that CIRDAP is a
member of the HLP team in Bangladesh and was supposed
to share this peer to peer learning process with other CMCs
which it has piloted already for 6 countries.
Director of IPDN delivering his speech in the inaugural session
The seminar was opened formally by the Chief Guest Prof.
Dr. H. Ermaya Suradinata, first director and president of
President University Foundation. He mentioned about the
national programme of Government of Indonesia on
Minimum Service Standards, which is running by Local
Bodies of Government. He welcomed the recommendations
from the international speakers of seminar on improving the
quality of services in the line with Minimum Service
Standards (MSS). He also thanked CIRDAP for the support
in organising the seminar and wished that the seminar
would be successful.
The State Administration System of The Republic of
Indonesia defines public service management as the overall
activities of service provisions conducted either by the
government, the state owned enterprises, or the private
sectors on the basis of the authorities are mandated to them.
These service provisions can be delivered directly or
indirectly to the public. For this reason, the state
constitution, among others, requires the government to
fulfill the basic needs of the people on the basis of civil
rights of each citizen and the public for goods, service,
and/or administrative service provisions by public service
institutions via qualified, transparent, accountable, easy,
reasonable, fast, worthy, just, and participative manner. In
order to do so, the decentralisation and regional autonomy
policies are established to further accelerate the
improvement of public service quality. Therefore,
formulation of minimum service standards (MSS) for basic
services (locally dubbed Standar Pelayanan Minimal
are also members of the LOGIN, both organisations should
collaborate jointly to increase coverage. She also emphasised
that additional participants may be co-opted with financial
support from LOGIN.
SME Networ king Gr oup Meeting
Mr. Sukamal Sinha Choudhury, SME Faculty Consultant,
Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) along
with Mr. Mohidur Rahman of IDLC Finance Ltd. and
Bhidan Chandra Shah of Bangladesh Bank paid a courtesy
call to Director Research, CIRDAP on 15 J une 2014. The
SME Faculty Consultant briefed about his recent visit to
Turkey along with Managing Director of IDLC Finance
Limited. Mr. Sinha also informed that another team
consisting of Mr. Mohidur Rahman of IDLC and Zaheed
Hossain visited NISME India where they met ISME
Managing Director, Mr. Chawla and invited him to visit
Bangladesh. Mr. Chawla gladly accepted the invitation.
Mr. Choudhury informed that Mr. Chawla has extensive
experience on organising groups of small entrepreneurs and
there are many things to learn from him. He proposed to
organise a one day seminar in collaboration with CIRDAP
to disseminate his ideas and experiences as a case study to
Bangladesh Entrepreneurs.
Inter national Seminar , Lombok, Indonesia
CIRDAP in collaboration with The Governance Institute of
Home Affairs which is shortly called IPDN (Institut
Pemerintahan Dalam Negeri, under
Ministry of Home Affairs, Indonesia which is the Contact
Ministry to CIRDAP, organised an International Seminar on
"Building the Capacity of Local Government Apparatus
through Horizontal Learning Method" at Lombok Island,
Indonesia on 19 J une 2014. The one day programme
included four key presentations as per the following list:
- 'Implementation of Minimum Standard Services in the
Context of Indonesian Decentralisation' by Prof. Muchlis
Hamdi, IPDN
- Strategies and Policies on Improvement and Empowerment of
Government Services in North Lombok;
- 'Local Government in Bangladesh and HLP Applications'
by Mr Sukkuranjan Suter, Bangladesh
- 'Local Government Initiatives on Water and Sanitation in
Bangladesh' by Mark Ellery, Consultant, Bangladesh
Director of IPDN delivered the welcome address in the
inaugural session while he was thanking CIRDAP for their
input to the seminar and requested CIRDAP to continue its
support to IPDN by organising more collaborative
With reference of possible collaboration, Dr. Cecep
Effendi, Director General, CIRDAP referred and briefed
on the up-coming CIRDAP-NIRD joint workshop
programme in J uly 2014 with participants from different
Local Government Training Institutes in CMCs in
collaboration with Kerala Institute of Local
Administration (KILA), India. In response, Ms. Shaila
Khan, Assistant Country Representative, UNDP, Dhaka
expressed her willingness to know about the outcomes of
the programme which may be used in organising the same
kind of event as a learning process in Bangladesh from
best practices.
Ms. Shaila Khan informed the visiting delegates about the
'friendly evaluation' done by the third party development
partners but not by the donors or professional consulting
firm. So in this connection Mr. Hossein Shahbaz, Director,
PPD/Research a.i. expressed the willingness of CIRDAP's
involvement which needs to be further discussed and
followed-up and it was accepted on principle by Ms.
Dr. Cecep Effendi proposed collaboration on the exchange
programmes of Local Government Institutions by the
Officers/Students and Faculty members. In this connection
Mr. Hossein Shahbaz added some points as supplements
like: a) Network group of local government partners; b)
Annual event to bring top notch people. In response, Ms.
Shaila Khan proposed that in the up-coming month of
November 2014, UNDP-Bangladesh and CIRDAP may
jointly materialise the programme.
DG, CIRDAP with Ms. Shaila Khan, Assistant Country
Representative, UNDP
Pendidikan/SPM) was considered. MSS are a strategic
instrument for the Government of Indonesia and districts to
improve the equity and quality of education, health,
infrastructure and thereby reduce the significant disparities
in service performance that persist between and within
districts throughout the country.
Group photo of resource persons, the Chief Guest and Directors of
other provinces at IPDN
CIRDAP and UNDP Collabor ative
Meeting held at UNDP Office, Sher -e-
Bangla Nagar , Dhaka
Dr. Cecep Effendi, Director General CIRDAP along with
Mr. Hossein Shahbaz, Director Pilot Projects/Research a.i.
and Dr.Vasanthi Rjendran, Director ICD/Training a.i. visited
Local Governance Cluster of UNDP, Dhaka Office on 2
J une 2014 to get acquainted and begin preliminary
discussions and exchange ideas to find the areas of possible
collaboration. Ms. Shaila Khan, Assistant Country Director,
Local Governance extended her welcome and greetings to
the visiting team from CIRDAP. She also briefed on UNDP's
activities in Bangladesh with special focus on local
governance. Since 1972, the United Nations Development
Programmeme (UNDP) has been partnering with the people
and communities of Bangladesh at various levels with
significant contributions in reducing poverty, and the
country's vulnerability to climate change and disaster,
supporting democratic governance and sustainable, green
growth. Some of the Governance related projects are
involved with local government institutions like Union
Parishad, Upazila etc. aiming for democratic governance by
promoting decentralisation in Bangladesh. Ms. Shaila Khan
mentioned that inviting eminent leaders like A. P. J . Abdul
Kalam and Mahathir bin Mohammad to share their
experiences will benefit the policy makers and the people
of Bangladesh.
Pilot Projects Update
also made about what participants wanted to achieve by the
end of the three-day workshop.
On the second day, all the participants were divided into
five groups: LDTA 1, LDTA 2, Municipality 1,
Municipality 2, and NGO-VDC, where all groups had to
choose best practices of their respective organisation. The
groups then had to vote for only three good practices, which
they thought could be replicated and then made a brief
presentation. There was also a presentation on HLP by Mr.
Lahiri, where he described the steps, methodology, and
format of this process. At the end of the day, everyone
jointly discussed the objectives, assumptions, principles,
challenges of applying HLP framework in Nepal.
On the third and last day, a presentation on HLP in the local
language-Nepali was done by Mr. J aya; the presentation
also included how to use HLP for development from the
current state in Nepal. The groups also made fact sheets,
following the format that had been shown by Mrs. Mufti,
which would be in the official Nepal HLP website. The
official Nepal HLP Website was launched by the Secretary
of MoFALD. At the end of the workshop, a small activity
was conducted by Mr. Lahiri for everyone to see the amount
of understanding and knowledge that had been gathered
during the entire workshop. The activity was: two hotel staff
members were summoned from the restaurant and three
participants from the workshop volunteered, where they had
to explain HLP concept to the two female staffs in five
minutes. In the end, the two staffs had to say what they
understood. If the hotel staffs failed to understand what was
being described to them, then it would imply that the
workshop was a failure, as the participants could not explain
the process to people from the grass-root level.
In the end, it was observed that the staffs understood
everything which meant that the participants had
internalised HLP, and hence were successful in describing
the concept in easy language to the two women.
This last activity was conducted in the last session of the
workshop, where the Honorary Secretary of Nepal was
present, along with DG-CIRDAP, Executive Director-
LDTA, Director-GIZ, Resource Persons and all the
participants of the workshop.
The Nepal HLP Workshop was successfully conducted, and
the Honorary Secretary of Nepal repeatedly thanked
CIRDAP for organising this workshop as now Nepal
government also had the opportunity of developing the
current status by concentrating on the positive perspective,
highlighting the good side and having an optimistic attitude
Wor kshop on Hor izontal Lear ning
Pr ocess, Nepal
A Workshop on Horizontal Learning Process was held in
Kathmandu, Nepal from 31 March-2 April, 2014, where
CIRDAP along with its Link Institution- LDTA organised
this programme. The workshop supported by GIZ, Nepal
and CIRDAP. The main aim of this workshop was to
introduce the concept of Horizontal Learning Process and its
methodology. This workshop comprised of active
participation of all the participants in order to conceptualise
how HLP functions. The other objective of this workshop
was for all participants to identify good practices of their
respective organisations for good governance in the local
and peer level in Nepal.
CIRDAP, being a member of HLP, was keen to introduce
this new process to one of its member countries-Nepal, so
that sharing of good practices could occur between CMCs.
Group photo of the Nepal HLP workshop
The programme was inaugurated by the Secretary of
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development
(MoFALD), Nepal. In the first half of the day, there was a
session where welcome speeches were given by Mr. J aya
(LDTA), Mr. Mathew (GIZ), Dr. Effendi (DG, CIRDAP),
and the Executive Director of LDTA. Mr. Shahbaz,
Director, PPD, CIRDAP made a brief presentation on HLP.
The second half started with self introduction of all
participants, followed by the participants engaging in
activities, conducted by Mr. Santanu Lahiri (main Resource
Person), with the aim of creating an informal atmosphere so
that the practical field environment could be formed during
the workshop. During the afternoon, an activity was
conducted with useless items to show how everything is
useful-every thing, every person, every experience. In the
afternoon session of the workshop, an expectation list was
interest to offer financial support to have exposure visit on
HLP in Bangladesh by HLP team of Nepal. SDC was also
interested to support the action plan and proposal which will
be prepared in the near future.
Visit of DG, CIRDAP to Link Institute, Local Development
Training Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal
The CIRDAP team consisted of DG, CIRDAP and Director,
PPD, workshop resource persons, two facilitators, Mrs
Nudrat Mufti from Pakistan and Mr. Mohammad Tareq
from World Bank Bangladesh. The whole team paid a visit
to the CIRDAP Link Institute in Nepal, Local Development
Training Institute to have a discussion on further
collaborative programmes and also the procedure of HLP
implementation in Nepal. There was an explanation on
LDTA and the infrastructural facilities of it and also the
number of programmes. It was also discussed that since
LDTA has a good number of facilities, CIRDAP may think
to have some international training or other programmes
at LDTA.
While visiting the LDTA, the previous DG, CIRDAP,
Dr. Durga Paudyal with his family came to meet the
CIRDAP team as planned beforehand by CIRDAP.
Meeting with Hon' ble For eign Minister ,
DG, CIRDAP and Resource Persons of HLP met H.E.
Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Honourable Minister for Foreign
Affairs, Government of Nepal on 2 March 2014. This
meeting was arranged by H.E. Ambassador of Nepal in
Bangladesh. DG, CIRDAP discussed about the CIRDAP
policy bodies meeting and also the HLP Workshop and
Roundtable meeting. He also mentioned about the CIRDAP
Contact Ministry and Link Institute in Nepal. There was a
small brief on HLP by DG, CIRDAP which mentioned that
CIRDAP is mandated to share the good practices of member
countries with others. H.E. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey
welcomed the visiting team and thanked CIRDAP for
helping the Local Government of Nepal and its development.
from where improvement can be achieved. DG, CIRDAP
stated that his observation during the workshop was that he
had seen a healthy competitive environment and full
participation from all members, therefore he could conclude
happily that Nepal would derive great achievement with this
positive participation for development.
During the last day of the workshop, when summary of HLP was
being explained to the two hotel staff by workshop participants
CIRDAP and LDTA also jointly gave certificates to all the
participants who had attended the HLP Nepal Workshop,
and the workshop ended with a group photo session.
Round-table Meeting with Development
Par tner s
CIRDAP, with LDTA and GIZ, Nepal conducted a round
table meeting of the Development Partners and other
stakeholders on 3 April 2914 in Kathmandu. The objective
of the meeting was to share the action plan with
development partners which were prepared during the HLP
workshop by participants. The meeting was held in order to
seek support for implementing HLP in collaboration with
Village Development Communities (VDCs).
Roundtable discussion with different stakeholders and development
Development Partners have shown interest in providing
their support for follow up on HLP in Nepal and its
implementation in the field. LOGIN also showed keen
Group photo of HLP working team
Group photo of workshop participants, organisers and resource persons
DG, CIRDAP is handing over a momento to H.E. Minister of
MoFA, Nepal
Development of its member countries. Subsequently,
CIRDAP became a member of the Working Team on
Horizontal Learning Programme as one of the good practices
of the Local Government Division of the CIRDAP Contact
Ministry in Bangladesh, namely the Ministry of Local
Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives.
CIRDAP also became a member of Local Government
Initiatives and Network funded by SDC and based in New
Delhi, India. Therefore, CIRDAP is trying to share the good
practices of Local Government institutes by conducting
some programmes with Local Government training centers
within CMCs. For example, one programme with Local
Development Training Academy (LDTA), Nepal was
conducted in collaboration with GIZ in April-May 2014.
Another programme in collaboration with The Governance
Institute of Home Affairs which is shortly called IPDN
(Institut Pemerintahan Dalam Negeri,
under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Indonesian Contact
Ministry to CIRDAP was organised in Lombok island
during 20-22 J une. IPDN trains the young officers who were
appointed to local government and will serve in the districts.
The programme was a workshop on sharing the "Horizontal
Learning Process (HLP)" through Building Capacity of
Local Government. 35 of the IPDN trainees who will serve
in the districts attended the workshop to see the piloting of
one HLP workshop which can be replicated in the field. The
programme included the communication style of
officers/practitioners in the peer and local level, identifying
hidden talent, sharing the experiences of HLP Bangladesh,
sharing the good practices of CMCs, group dynamics,
practicing the identification of good practices among the
participants in different groups, presentation on selected
good practices by participants, explanation on Fact Sheets,
preparation of Fact Sheets and other subjects. During the
workshop 10 experiences were presented out of which 3
were selected as good practices by direct voting of
participants, they are as follows:
He also appreciated CIRDAP for taking the initiative to
bring the HLP resource team to Nepal and making a strong
connection of Nepal with the HLP team, Bangladesh. He
added that a knowledge sharing practice like HLP used to be
practiced in Nepal in a different format and process and it
had the slogan- "Each One, Teach One". This slogan was
appreciated by resource persons and they mentioned that
they will use this phrase as an alternative name for HLP.
Regular Meeting of HLP Wor king Team
Director PPD, CIRDAP attended the Regular Meeting of
HLP Working Team at the Center for Disabilities
Development (CDD) on 17 April 2014. He explained that
CIRDAP is sharing HLP as one of good practices of
Government of Bangladesh with other member countries of
CIRDAP like Nepal and also mentioned the future
programmes of HLP by CIRDAP which will be held in
Indonesia in J une 2014.
Wor kshop on Hor izontal Lear ning
Pr ocess, Indonesia
CIRDAP is in the process of creating a strong link with local
government institutions of member countries, as one of the
main agenda for the upcoming years is Local Government
Conference in progress
Economic Policy Making and Strategy Formulation in
Pluralistic Democracy".
There were 17 papers/presentations in seven sessions and
leading economists and senior ministers took part as
discussants. The BEF Conference was designed to mobilise
support for Bangladesh as it strives for longer term (post-
MDG world) inclusive sustainable growth with full
employment (productive) and improved quality of life,
assured food security from domestic production, reduced
poverty and inequality, enhanced resilience to climate
change, as well as, based on good governance embedded in
transparency, accountability and a corruption- free
environment that will fully explore and exploit the growth-
governance nexus. He also attended the Launching
Ceremony of the Monitoring Report 2014 on National Food
Policy Plan of Action (PoA) and Country Investment Plan
held in Dhaka on 25 J uly 2014. The event was organised by
the Food Planning Monitoring Unit (FPMU), Ministry of
Food, Government of Bangladesh with support of the
National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme
(NFPCSP) of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The MR 2014 highlights how Bangladesh continues to
progress towards a more food secure, better nourished and
healthier country. However, challenges still remain for
many people in terms of diversification of food production,
access to food in adequate quantity and quality, and
nutrition outcomes, especially for mother and children. The
budget to invest in food and nutrition is now at 12 billion
USD, of which about 8 billion USD was already financed
by J une 2013 - as a result of the mobilisation of additional
4.5 billion USD since the CIP launch in 2010.
1. Environment management through Garbage Bank
2. Heritage maintenance of culture entitled "Tenun
3. Creating the Institution on Social Model for Reducing
One focal person was elected by the participants to
communicate with CIRDAP for finalising the Fact Sheets as
CIRDAP is preparing good practices of member countries in
the format of Fact Sheets to share among CMCs. Mr Mark
Ellery, Mr Sukharanjan Suter and Mr Hossein Shahbaz were
the resource persons of the workshop.
Field visit on English Learning in Rural Community, Lombok,
Field Technology used by a woman to save crops from birds
Staff Par ticipation
David Hilton, APO, PPD participated in the Bangladesh
Economists Forum (BEF) held on 21-22 J une, 2014 at
Radisson Hotel Dhaka. The theme of the Conference was
on the theme entitled, "Vision 2030: A Framework for
Training News
organised the International Workshop on Food and
Nutritional Security Assurance through Efficient Resource
and Technology Management at NIRD, Hyderabad during
19-25 May 2014. Thirteen participants from Bangladesh,
India, Myanmar and Nepal participated the workshop-cum-
training. The programme had two components viz.
workshop and training. There were renowned experts from
India, Nepal and Sri Lanka who presented papers in the
workshop and the participants and delegates deliberated on
the papers. The workshop came out with recommendations.
The training part of the programme was held from 21-25
May 2014. The workshop part had the following themes
which were covered by the experts invited to the workshop:
Theme 1: Global Perspectives and Challenges in Food
and Nutritional Security
Theme 2: Farming Systems & Production Technologies
Theme 3: Dairy and Fishery for Food & Nutritional
Theme 4: Rural Livelihoods and Food Security
Theme 5: Access to Food
Theme 6: Guaranteed Employment and Food Security
Theme 7: Post Harvest Technology and Fortified Food
Theme 8: Climate Change Challenges in Food and
Nutritional Security
The workshop-cum-training programme began with
presentations from experts from Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Dr. Athula Senaratne, resource person from Sri Lanka, made
a presentation on "Integrating Traditional Agro-ecosystems
and Technology Management for Assurance of Food and
Nutritional Security - the Cases of Village Based Seasonal
Tank Aquaculture and Divi Neguma Homestead Agriculture
CIRDAP - NIRD Collabor at ive
Inter national Wor kshop-cum-Tr aining
Pr ogr amme on Food and Nutr itional
Secur ity Assur ance thr ough Efficient
Response and Technology Management
Policy interventions to improve food security need to
include nutrition-sensitive interventions in agriculture and
the food system as a whole, as well as in public health and
education, especially of women. Nutrition-focused social
protection may need to target the most vulnerable, including
pregnant women, adolescent girls and children. Policies
aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity and increasing
food availability, especially when smallholders are targeted,
can achieve hunger reduction even where poverty is
widespread. When they are combined with social protection
and other measures that increase the incomes of poor
families, they can have an even more positive effect and
spur rural development, by creating vibrant markets and
employment opportunities, resulting in equitable economic
growth. Not surprisingly, the specific country experiences
suggest that high poverty levels generally go hand in hand
with high levels of undernourishment and resultant
weakness and inability to do manual work- so important for
their livelihoods. But undernourishment can also be more
severe than poverty, especially when both are at high levels.
As food is one of the most income-responsive of all basic
necessities, higher incomes can therefore expedite
reductions in undernourishment.
In this context, CIRDAP, in collaboration with the National
Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India
DG NI RD addressing the workshop
Field visit to Poultry Directorate
One Year Post Gr aduate Diploma Pr ogr amme in Rur al Development Management
Batch - 2014-15) Conducted by the National Institute of Rur al
Development (NIRD), Hyder abad, India
Under the regional cooperation, the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, as a goodwill gesture has offered to
sponsor five slots to CIRDAP Member Countries in this programme in order to develop capacities of rural development managers.
The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, is kind enough to cover course fee, board and lodging charges,
subsistence allowance, and to and fro air travel by the shortest route in economy class from respective countries to Hyderabad,
India. The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has entrusted CIRDAP to solicit nomination from its member
countries and scrutinise the criteria suggested by the Ministry and NIRD.
The National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India, one of the Link Institutions of CIRDAP, is conducting a one
year residential Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Rural Development Management (PGDRDM). The Eighth Batch will
commence in August 2014. The objective of the programme is to develop committed and competent cadre of rural development
management professionals and orient in-service officers and practitioners to various facets of rural development.
Seven countries have responded and sent nominations to CIRDAP. On the basis of prescribed eligibility criteria, the nominations
were scrutinised and short listed. The short listed candidates were requested for telephonic interview on 03 and 12 J une 2014. The
interview was conducted by a board comprising Director a.i, Training Division and Director, Pilot Projects Division, CIRDAP. On
the basis of prescribed eligibility criteria and interview, the following candidates were selected for recommendation to the Ministry
of Rural Development, Government of India and also to NIRD, Hyderabad for consideration to admit them in the forthcoming 8

Batch - (2014 - 15) programme in the One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management:
Mr . C.R. Thilakar athna
Agriculture Instructor
Department of Agriculture
North Western Province
Sri Lanka
Mr . Mohammad Neyamul Basar Molla
Asst. Registrar, District Cooperative Office
Manikganj, Bangladesh
Mr . Vu Van Quan
Vocational College of Electric,
Machanics and Water Resources
Ms. Lukita Ceser ia Ibundani
M.Si Programme and Report Officer
Office for Crops and Horticulture
Province of Nusa Tenggara Barat
Ms. Melenia Vatumoto Tuinasau
Acting Administrative Officer (Development)
Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and
National Disaster Management
Government of the Republic of Fiji Suva, Fiji
Programmes in Sri Lanka". Mr. Pramod Koirala, resource
person from Nepal, made a presentation on "Public
Distribution System (PDS) and Good Governance". This
was followed by thematic presentations by the experts
from India on rain fed farming system; integrated farming
system, fish, dairy for nutritional security food production
systems in different agro-ecological zones; food security
for tribal people; low cost food grain processing; horti-
products processing and technology and innovation for
food security. The participants were taken to a field visit to
the Poultry Directorate Project (PDP), where high breeds
of poultry were being developed to meet like 'Gramapriya
Vamaraja', etc. are being developed to address the food
and nutritional security of India.
Dr. S.M. Ilyas, Programme Director and Head, Centre for
Post Graduate Studies (CPGS), NIRD and Dr. Vasanthi
Rajendran, Director a.i., Training Division, CIRDAP
coordinated the programme. The programme was
inaugurated by Dr. M.V. Rao, I.A.S., Director General,
NIRD. Dr. Cecep Effendi, Director General, CIRDAP gave
the valedictory address and interacted with the participants.
NIRD expert demonstrating GIS applications
The programme was held in J une at the National Computer
Centre, Manila, Philippines. There were 17 participants
from 14 CIRDAP Member Countries. The programme was
inaugurated by The Secretary, H.E. Mr. Virgilio de los
Reyes, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). Among
others, Dr. Cecep Effendi, Director General, CIRDAP,
Under Secretary H.E. Ms. Rosalina Bistoyong and Ms.
Susana Evanglista-Leones, Director, Bureau of Agrarian
Reform Beneficiaries Development (BARBD), Department
of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Government of Philippines
graced the programme. The programme was coordinated by
Dr. V. Madhava Rao, Professor and Head, Centre on
Geoinformatics Application in Rural Development
(CGARD), National Institute of Rural Development
(NIRD), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India and Dr. Vasanthi
Rajendran, Director a.i., Training Division, CIRDAP.
Objectives of the Tr aining Pr ogr amme:
To study the Geo-informatics Best Practices, Pilot Projects
and Programmes in India, and to identify the potential
areas where the GIS applications can play a key role in
CIRDAP Member Countries, from India's experiences; and
To exchange ideas and experiences in formulating and
implementing the GIS technologies, assess the feasibility
of meeting the regional needs based on existing
manpower, software, hardware and data availability and
assess the training needs and resources requirements at
the CIRDAP country levels .
To promote effective networking among the relevant
institutions in the countries of the region and to address
common challenges, mitigation, issues, promote
information sharing and for South-South cooperation.
CIRDAP - NIRD Collabor at ive
Inter national Tr aining Pr ogr amme on
' Application of Geo-Infor matics System
(GIS) for Mitigation and Adaptation and
Disaster Risk Reduction Management'
GIS is proving to be a very powerful spatial technology tool for
understanding earth features, planning for resource
optimisation, generation of decision alternatives, real-time
monitoring and a host of related work, which has great
potential in disaster management. The GIS is an accessible,
affordible and ease of use tool which has been applied widely
in various projects and programmes by GOs, NGOs, Research
Organisations and International Bodies in disaster management.
In the recent past in India and some other Asian countries,
GIS has emerged as an effective tool in designing rural
development programmes, with focus on sustainable
poverty reduction and environmental conservation. The
recent trend is to move towards convergence of Remote
Sensing, Geographic Information System and Global
Positioning System for better managing the natural
resources and the environment for achieving economic and
social goals. With rapid advances, these technologies are
now widely accessible at affordable costs. The GIS, has
already created an enormous impact on virtually every field
of activity that requires management and analysis of
spatially distributed data.
CIRDAP has been sharing the rich experience, best
practices, process methodologies and demonstrative models
designed and developed in India, with its member partners
in Asia and Pacific and recently the member countries have
participated in such a programme held at NIRD, Hyderabad
sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Development of the
Government of India. The evaluation suggested more such
programmes for the benefits of developing countries. The
policy support given by the Government and the Ministry of
Rural Development, Government of India is useful for other
countries to study its policies and programme
Inaugural session
Information & Communication
DG CIRDAP with Director, RGNIYD, Dr. Lata Pillai
The meeting was arranged after the Workshop-cum-Training
Programme on Food and Nutritional Security Assurance
through Efficient Response and Technology Management,
held on May 19 - 25, 2014 at NIRD, Hyderabad, India. DG
and Director, ICD, CIRDAP had a meeting with the Director,
Registrar and faculty members Dr. Gopinath of the
International Cooperation Division and Mr. David, Training
Officer of RGNIYD. Elaborate discussions on the
activities/programmes to be undertaken under the MoU took
place and various suggestions emerged during the discussion.
It was decided to prepare an Action Plan for five years
including the policy decisions to be taken by RGNIYD to
implement it under the MoU. It was also decided that for
coordination of various activities, the nodal person from
CIRDAP will be Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran and Dr. T.
Gopinath from RGNIYD.
Various activities to be undertaken under the MoU were
discussed thoroughly and a plan of action was prepared and
finalised. After the meeting, DG and Director, ICD,
CIRDAP visited the RGNIYD Library, Auditorium and
other infrastructure facilities including the Community
Radio Station 'Illanthiri' which targets the adolescents and
youths in the community living in Sriperumbudur. DG,
CIRDAP talked on the importance of information with the
adolescents and youths. Community radio is a means
through which they can be well informed which will
empower them to face the challenges in life.
DG, CIRDAP and Director, ICD, along with Dr. Gopinath
then proceeded to MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
(MSSRF) to meet Dr. Ajay Parida, Executive Director,
MSSRF and discussed collaboration on sustainable
development with him. Dr. Ajay Parida informed DG,
CIRDAP about the 'Asia-Pacific Consultation on Role of
Family Farming in the 21
Century' to be held in August
2014 by MSSRF and invited DG, CIRDAP to the event. It
was decided to have an MoU between CIRDAP and
MSSRF to organise the Annual Conference on Sustainable
Tr aining Cour se on Digital Repositor y
Softwar e D-Space at CIRDAP ICT Centr e
A two day long training programme from 1-2 May 2014 on
Digital Repository Software D-Space was organised by
Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information
Scientists and Documentalists Institute of Information
Management (BIIM), in collaboration with Centre on
Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific
(CIRDAP) was successfully completed at CIRDAP ICT
Centre. Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information
Scientists and Documentalists is akso known as BALID.
Director General of CIRDAP, Dr. Cecep Effendi was the
Chief Guest of the inaugural session of this two day long
training programme. Among others Mr. Shyama Prasad
Bepari, J oint Secretary, Ministry of Posts,
Telecommunications and Information Technology was the
Special Guest and Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran, Director, ICD
and Training, CIRDAP gave a welcome address and Mr.
Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director, BALID Institute of
Information Management (BIIM) gave the introductory
speech on BALID and BIIM in the session.
Meeting with Dir ector , Rajiv Gandhi
Nat ional I nst it ut e of Yout h
Development (RGNIYD)
DG, CIRDAP and Director, ICD, CIRDAP, visited Rajiv
Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development
(RGNIYD), Chennai, India, to meet Dr. Lata Pillai,
Director, RGNIYD and to discuss the plan of action for
2014-19 under the CIRDAP - RGNIYD MoU. Since the
Director, RGNIYD had recently assumed charge as
Director, RGNIYD she had invited DG, CIRDAP to
discuss future collaboration.
Inaugural session
Children receiving training
As a part of the programme the children enjoyed games like
football, badminton in the CIRDAP play ground. The e-
learning session were taken by the Executive Director of
Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation, Mr. Mosharrof Hossain.
Asia-Pacific Jour nal of Rur al Development
Editor ial Boar d Meeting Held
The 44
Meeting of the APJ ORD Editorial Board was held
on 8 April 2014 with Dr. Cecep Effendi, Director General,
CIRDAP in the chair. Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran, Director
(Information and Communication), CIRDAP and Editor,
APJ ORD, convened the meeting. The APJ ORD Editorial
Board Members Ms. Taherunnesa Abdullah, Development
Consultant; Dr. Momtaz Uddin Ahmed, Professor, University
of Dhaka; Dr. Mahbub Hossain, Executive Director, BRAC;
Dr. Mohammad Farashuddin, Vice Chancellor of East West
University; and Mr. Hossein Shahbaz, Director PPD,
CIRDAP were present at the meeting. The members finalised
the articles for APJ ORD Vol. XXIII No. 2, December 2013.
It was proposed that new Advisors be included from all the
universities of CMCs for the APJ ORD Editorial Advisory
Board as per the list prepared by ICD Division.
Development. DG, CIRDAP then visited the Touch and
Feel Medicinal and Herbal Garden, Roof Top Solar Energy
System in the campus of MSSRF.
DG, CIRDAP visiting the roof top solar system in MSSRF
CIRDAP Or ganises e-Lear ning Wor kshop
for Under pr ivileged Childr en
As a part of its foundation day celebrations, CIRDAP
organised a one day e-learning workshop for underprivileged
children in collaboration with Spreeha Bangladesh
Foundation and Integrated Solution for Creativity and Child
Education (ISCCHE) on 20 J une 2014.
About 20 children from the age group of 10 to 14 from
Raierbazar participated in the workshop to develop their ICT
skills. They were trained to access e-learning software for
learning English, Mathematics, Painting, Science and
General Knowledge in order to be updated with the world by
using the internet. It was a very wonderful opportunity for
the employees of CIRDAP to join with the little children and
enjoy their enthusiasm of the e-learning process.
The Director General of CIRDAP, Dr. Cecep Effendi
inaugurated the programme and said CIRDAP is committed
to eradicating poverty by empowering the poor people,
especially the children and was delighted to organise such a
training programme in CIRDAP.
The objective of CIRDAP is to empower the underprivileged
children with skills using the CIRDAP ICT lab. This
programme will be done regularly in the future for the
benefit of the poor and underprivileged children.
DG, CIRDAP discussing future collaboration with Dr. Ajay Parida,
Executive Director, MSSRF
Success Story
Mr . Boonlue Taokaew-Soil Doctor
Mr. Boonlue Taokaew, popularly known as a "Soil
Doctor" produces a fermented biological water and bio-
fertiliser for home-grown vegetable plants. He makes
charcoal, raises animals and cultivates rice straw
mushroom and sajor-caju mushrooms in his farm in
He was the Chairman of the Technology Instruction
Center of the Sub-district and is now serving as the
Chairman of the Learning Centre which produces the
fermented biological water and bio-fertiliser. He has
received many awards, namely the Thai local wisdom,
Doctor of Soil Volunteer of the district and Accounting
Instructor of the district.
Mr. Boonlue Taokaew established the Nong No
Sufficiency Economy Learning Center which has existed
since 1993. He is a teacher of local wisdom and is
interested in the practice and principal of New Theory
Farming. The theory has successfully been applied in his
agriculture farm. Previously, Mr. Boonlue mainly did
rice farming. Since he participated and studied the
activities of the Royal Project, he applied the theory to
his rice farming in areas of adjusting in joint planting
which generates knowledge and self-reliance and
eventually contributes this knowledge to other local
farmers. For instance, producing bio-fertiliser from raw
milk made from a bio mixture and non-pasteurised raw
milk that is reasonably priced and environment-friendly.
The raw milk bio-fertiliser is then set as a good quality
fertiliser which is chemical-free and utilised to clean
surface of post-harvesting that provides fertile soil
planting and produces better quality vegetables and
fruits which taste better. Additionally, producing herbal
insect repellent and snail egg hormone are very
attractive initiatives for study visitors as well.
He began a very popular training course to transfer
knowledge adhering to the Sufficiency Economy,
producing bio-fertiliser from fermented milk microbe,
herbal insect repellent, multipurpose micro-organism,
effective microorganisms, cultivating rice straw
mushroom in baskets and keeping accounts of income
and expenditure in household.
The facilities of the Centre are:
1 office building, 1 training building, 3 buildings of
accommodations for visitors which can hold
approximately 200 visitors and has 7 restrooms, 1
kitchen room and 3 learning activities stations
Station-1: Provides knowledge about reducing
household expenditure by producing bio-fertiliser
Station 2: Provides knowledge about increasing
household income by planting the home-grown
vegetable, cultivating a rice straw mushroom in basket
and sajor-caju mushroom
Station-3: Provides knowledge in the areas of fisheries,
livestock and 2 agricultural demonstration plots.
Mr. Boonlue Taokaew, the "Soil Doctor"
Bio-fertiliser being made
CIRDAP delegation at the Centre
Development News
The post harvest facility and a warehouse project in
Barangay Unzad was initiated by former Pangasinan fifth
district Rep. Mark Cojuangco after he observed the volume
of grains lost because of the old drying system of the
According to Cojuangco, with the solar drying system, five
per cent of the grains are lost and the dried palay contain
pebbles and other undesirable items. But with the modern
drying facility, five per cent of palay is recovered and the
dried grains are free from undesirable items, he said.
It was Cojuangco's wife Kimi, who took over the
congressional seat in 2010, who led the groundbreaking
ceremony of the project on 20 J uly 2012. With her were the
municipal officials of Villasis led by Mayor Dita Abrenica.
After two years of site development and construction of
warehouse, including the installation of the mechanical
dryer and its accessories, the palay drying facility started
operating in September 2013.
The palay dryer and warehouse sits on an area of 4,100
square meters on a 2.5-hectare property in Unzad. During
the pilot operations, more than 100 tons of wet palay were
mechanically dried, of which 70 tons are owned by traders
and more than 30 tons by local farmers through the Villasis
Municipal Employees Multipurpose Cooperative.
The pilot operations of the palay dryer and warehouse was
just in time for the harvest season of wetland palay crops to
assist traders and farmers to have quality dried palay,
allowing them to command a higher price in the market.
The cost of drying is only sixty-five centavos (P.65) for
farmers. The drying facility and warehouse are also open to
farmers and traders from neighboring towns.
Source: The Philippine Star, 20 April 2014
Pakistan Plans Huge Deser t Solar Par k
to Fight Ener gy Cr isis
For years Pakistanis have sweated and cursed through
summer power cuts, but now the government plans to
harness the sun's ferocious heat to help tackle the country's
chronic energy crisis. In a corner of the Cholistan desert in
Punjab province, power transmission lines, water pipes and
IPCC Repor t Over whelming Evidence
of Climate Change
The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe,
pervasive and irreversible," a major report by the UN has
Scientists and officials meeting in J apan said the document
is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts
of climate change on the world. Some impacts include a
higher risk of flooding and changes to crop yields and water
availability. Humans may be able to adapt to some of these
changes, but only within limits.
An example of an adaptation strategy would be the
construction of sea walls and levees to protect against
flooding. Another might be introducing more efficient
irrigation for farmers in areas where water is scarce.
The report was agreed after almost a week of intense
discussions in Yokohama. This was the second of a series
from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) due out in 2014. It outlines the causes, effects and
solutions to global warming.
Cutting local air pollution from, say coal, can also reduce
carbon emissions that cause warming; creating decent
homes for poor people in countries like Bangladesh can
improve lives whilst removing them from the path of flood
surges. The latest document highlights the fact that the
amount of scientific evidence on the impacts of warming
has almost doubled since the last report in 2007.
Source: Dhaka Tribune, 1 April 2014
Moder n palay Dr ying Facility in
Pangasinan Benefits Far mer s
A modern palay (unhusked rice) drying facility that can dry
400 metric tons of palay a day is now benefiting farmers in
Villasis, Pangasinan, Philippines, allowing them to earn
more and prevent losses from the traditional solar drying
system. With the modern palay drying facility, the total
harvest from 4,000 hectares (with average yield of four tons
per hectare) can be dried in 40 days.
The mechanical dryer uses rice hulls as fuel in its biomass
furnace. It also has a panel board to monitor the moisture
content of the palay before and after drying. The palay dried
in the facility is of better quality because of controlled
moisture content and 100 per cent recovery.
Philippines Unveils New Plan to Fight
Per sistent Pover ty
The Philippines announced plans to spend more on
infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift
millions out of poverty.
The revised Philippine Development Plan sets more
ambitious economic targets to address persistent concerns
that poor Filipinos are not enjoying the benefits of the
country's recent dramatic economic growth.
Among the new targets is the lowering of the poverty
incidence from 25.2 per cent of the population in 2012 to
16.6 per cent by 2016, economic officials said.
"It does not mean that we can do nothing but wait until the
benefits of economic expansion 'trickle down' to the poor,"
Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said
in an introduction to the revised plan.
Despite economic growth of more than seven per cent in
recent years-among the highest rates in Asia-unemployment
has remained high while the rate of poverty has barely fallen.
"Simply stated, the gains have yet to materialise into actual,
tangible improvements in the lives of the majority of the
people," the report said.
Under the revised plan, the economy is expected to grow by
7.5 to 8.5 per cent annually by 2016 compared to the
original target of 7.6 per cent set in 2010 when President
Benigno Aquino took office.
Chief among the poverty-fighting measures is an increase in
infrastructure spending to five per cent of gross domestic
product by 2016, compared to the 2013 level of less than
three per cent.
This will include reconstruction efforts after Super Typhoon
Haiyan and a killer earthquake left thousands dead and
devastated large areas in the central Philippines in 2013.
These reforms in turn will improve the connections between
urban centres where growth has been concentrated and the
poverty-stricken rural areas where the majority of the
country's 100 million people live, the plan said.
The country's crumbling infrastructure has long been cited
by businessmen and economists as one of the biggest
obstacles to prosperity, raising transport and power costs,
keeping regions mired in underdevelopment and
discouraging investors.
Critics charge that only a few sectors are enjoying the
benefits of the country's economic growth while many
Filipinos have not been touched by it.
Source: The Financial Express, 16 April 2014
a pristine new road cross 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of
parched, sandy land. The provincial government has spent
$5 million to put in place the infrastructure as it seeks to
transform the desolate area into one of the world's largest
solar power parks, capable one day of generating up to
1,000 megawatts of electricity. The desert park in
Bahawalpur district is the latest scheme to tackle the rolling
blackouts which have inflicted misery on people and
strangled economic growth.
Temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit)
in the country's centre in J une and J uly, sending demand for
electricity soaring and leaving a shortfall of around 4,000
MW. "In phase one, a pilot project producing 100 MW of
electricity will hopefully be completed by the end of this
year," Imran Sikandar Baluch, head of the Bahawalpur
district administration, told AFP."After completion of the
first 100 MW project, the government will invite investors
to invest here for the 1,000 megawatts."
Engineers and labourers are working in the desert under the
scorching sun to complete the boundary wall, with
authorities keen to begin generating solar electricity by
November. "If you come here after one and a half years,
you will see a river of (solar) panels, residential buildings
and offices-it will be a new world," said site engineer
Muhammad Sajid, gesturing to the desert.
Besides solar, Pakistan is also trying to tap its unexploited
coal reserves-which lie in another area of the same desert, in
Sindh province. In J anuary Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
inaugurated construction on a $1.6 billion coal plant in the
town of Thar, in Sindh.
Work has also begun on a pilot 660 megawatt coal-fired
plant in Gadani, a small town on the Arabian Sea. Another
600 megawatt coal plant has also been given the go-ahead in
the southern city of J amshoro.
But while coal may offer a short-term fix to the energy
crisis, authorities are keen to move to cleaner electricity in
the long run.
The initial pilot project is a government scheme but private
investors are also taking an interest. Raja Waqar of
Islamabad-based Safe Solar Power is among them. His
company plans to invest $10 million to build a 10 MW
project in the new park.
Source: The Financial Express, 21 April 2014
Pakistan's situation of gender discrimination in secondary
education was pointed out as a relative weakness.
The assessors were able to do a direct evaluation of the
strengths and weaknesses between Bangladesh and Nepal as
the two countries belong to the same GDP per capita
Bangladesh fared better than Nepal in providing electricity
and ensuring more freedom of assembly. The study showed
that women in Nepal suffer more than their counterparts in
Bangladesh. The people of Bangladesh also spend more
years in colleges or universities than those of Nepal, it said.
However, the study pointed out that Nepal has a greater
tolerance for homosexuality than Bangladesh. Similarly,
Bangladesh hosts a more religiously intolerant landscape
than Nepal.
Source: The Daily Star, 5 April 2014
Indonesia Showcases Its Blue Economy
Pr ojects in Fisher ies at FAO
Indonesia showcased at the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations its blue economy
concept in East Lombok and Central Lombok, Province of
West Nusa Tenggara, and Nusa Penida, Bali, featuring an
integrated, upstream and downstream, development
programme covering tuna fisheries, aquacultures, marine
tourism, salt and pearl industries.
"The Lombok project, implemented in cooperation with
FAO, is based on the principles of sustainability, nature's
efficiency, zero waste and social inclusiveness," noted
Achmad Poernomo, Chief of the Research and Development
Agency, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
Indonesia presented its blue economy (blue growth) projects
on a special event on the sideline of the five-day session of
the 140-member FAO Committee on Fisheries beginning on
Monday as part of its campaign to convince the market that
it is striving hard to implement sustainable fisheries.
Social Pr ogr ess Index-Bangladesh Does
Better Than Most S. Asian Nations
Bangladesh has done better than most South Asian countries
in social progress, according to a report by Washington-
based organisation Social Progress Imperative. Ranked 99
among 132 countries, Bangladesh has scored higher than
India, Pakistan and Nepal, losing out only to Sri Lanka in
the region.
The evaluation was done based on the performance of these
countries over the past one year. The Social Progress Index,
a multi-country analysis report, was released on Thursday.
It is prepared considering a country's ability to provide its
citizens with basic needs and scopes to improve their lives,
and whether or not the government can help people develop
themselves to full potential.
And to accurately pinpoint a country's strong and weak
points, it is compared with countries with a similar GDP.
Some of Bangladesh's worst sides are limited freedom of
religion, a restricted press and discrimination towards
minorities, said the study. To assess the religious scenario of
a country, the study evaluated whether individuals are
harassed over their attire or abused showing religious
reasons, as well as the prevalence of sectarian violence in
the country.
According to the index, Bangladesh's relative strength lay in
bringing down child mortality, achieving gender parity in
secondary school enrollment, improving life expectancy,
showing respect to women, and its increased demand for
And while Bangladesh fared well in improving sanitation
facilities, India lagged behind on that category.
Similarly, the situation of slavery, underage marriage and
human trafficking was deemed a weak point for India,
whereas Bangladesh showed a lesser prevalence of that.
Bangladesh did better in this category compared to Pakistan
as well.
Sri Lanka
success stories on climate-smart agriculture released in
Rome on Friday.
The model of climate-smart agriculture seeks to address
three broad objectives-sustainable increase of agricultural
productivity and incomes, helping rural communities and
farmers adapt to and become more resilient to the effects of
climate change, and reducing or removing agriculture's
greenhouse gases emissions, when possible.
Rising temperatures and an increased frequency of extreme
weather events will have direct and negative impacts on
crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture
productivity in the years to come, as clearly indicated in the
most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC). Vulnerable, farming-dependent
populations in the developing world are particularly at risk.
But, at the same time, the compelling need to deal with the
challenges posed by climate change offers an opportunity to
transform the way food systems use natural resources,
improve agriculture's sustainability and promote poverty
reduction and economic growth, the publication adds.
Highlighting case studies in 'climate-smart agriculture' from
around the globe, FAO's document shows that many rural
communities are already successfully making the transition
to new forms of farming better suited to the rigors of a
warmer world, said a FAO press release.
"A shift to climate-smart agriculture will not only help
shield farmers from the adverse effects of climate change
and offer a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but can
also improve farm yields and household incomes, leading to
stronger, more resilient communities," said FAO Deputy
Director-General Helena Semedo.
Source: The Financial Express, 7 June 2014
Lao Officials Lear n of Pover t y
Reduction Appr oach
Over fifty Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) officials from
three provinces have learned about a community-driven
development approach to fighting rural poverty. The new
approach involves the effort to reduce rural poverty, while
past methods tended to focus on increasing the income and
food security of rural poor area, which will be trialed in
Luang Prabang, Oudomxay and Savannakhet provinces.
The training course was held in Vientiane Capital from 13 -
16 May in the presence of Director General of the Poverty
Reduction Fund, Mr. Bounkuang Souvannaanh, and was
aimed at training participants on the changes to be adopted
from cycle 12 in the pilot districts and on how to introduce
the changes to others in order that the changes are adopted
effectively by all participants.
"Our fish exports to Europe, our second largest market after
J apan and the United States, have been put under
increasingly stringent scrutiny, subjected to sustainability
certification," Poernomo later told The J akarta Post.
Latest data at the ministry showed Indonesian fish exports,
mostly tuna, to Europe (EU), amounted to about US$530
million last year or around 15 per cent of total exports.
FAO Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources
Indroyono Susilo, who chaired the special session,
considered Indonesia's decision to pursue the blue-growth
concept in marine fisheries as quite strategic.
Indroyono said as the world's largest archipelagic nation,
with more than 13,400 islands, 5.9 million square kilometers
of territorial waters and an exclusive economic zone and
81,000 kilometer long coastline, Indonesia would gain
greatly from the promotion of the blue economy concept.
The green growth principle also has grown increasingly
popular worldwide under a strong campaign by FAO, he
added. "The rationale of this blue economy concept is that
three quarters of the earth's surface is covered by oceans and
seas, which are both an engine for global economic growth
and a key source of food security," Indroyono pointed out.
Ealier at the opening of the plenary session of the meeting
FAO Director General J ose Graziano da Silva warned that
over-fishing, pollution and climate change are putting this
vitality at risk and the impacts are already evident.
"I want to stress the urgency of individual and collective action
to address climate change, one of the most pressing challenges
the world faces today," Graziano da Silva said, pointing out
that FAO was making it a priority in its work to improve
sustainable development through its Blue Growth Initiative.
FAO has embraced the blue economy concept into its
Global Initiative on Blue Growth in support of food
security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of
aquatic resources.
Source: The Jakarta Post, 10 June 2014
' Climate-Smar t' Agr icultur e to Spar k
Economic Renewal in Rur al Ar eas: FAO
Shifting agriculture to a 'climate-smart' approach will not
only help prevent future food security crises but holds the
promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in
rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent,
says FAO, reports UNB.
On the one hand, the magnitude and scope of climate
change impacts on agricultural systems means that boosting
rural communities' resilience and adaptive capacities is
essential to safeguarding world food security, notes FAO
Rahim, Director General of Tourism Destination
Development at the Tourism and Creative Economy
Ministry, said in J akarta on Monday as quoted by Antara.
He was speaking in his keynote speech at the STREAM
Delivery Conference also attended by UNWTO Executive
Director for Operational Programs and Institutional
Relations, Marcio Favilla.
The STREAM project, as part of the International Climate
Initiative, which is supported by the German Federal
Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,
Building and Nuclear Safety, has adopted a global approach
in developing low-carbon tourism in Pangandaran, a coastal
tourism site in West J ava, since 2011.
As of April, almost all of the project activities have been
implemented and monitored by local partners.
"We have always been consistent in supporting the UNWTO
project in Pangandaran since the first project in 2007 through
2010, partly to revitalise tourism in Pangandaran after it was
struck by tsunami in 2006," said Firmansyah.
He said one of the project achievements was the
implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy
initiatives in hotels and restaurants.
"The project also has comprehensively implemented
rehabilitation activities to restore mangrove and coral reef
ecosystems in Pangandaran. More than 1,400 fragments of
coral reefs and 38,000 mangrove seeds have been replanted
with a longer survival rate," said Firmansyah.
Source: The Jakarta Post, 5 May 2014
"At the training, participants will learn about the introduction
to the programme in order to prepare the participants to be
ready to make the best use of the learning event and
understanding its objectives, content and benefit, knowing
their role together with mutual respect to each other," said
Mr. Bounkuang. He added the participants will learn about
change and community driven development, to help
participants improve their under standing on poor
communities and working with the government following the
decentralisation principle on receiving information, decision-
making power and resources to drive their own development,
making better use of the resources available to them.
In addition, the trainers will also learn the village
development planning, implementation and monitoring
improvements, agree on planning and timing of steps for
planning and implementation of PRF activities with
deepening community- driven development.
Source: KPLNews, 14 May 2014
RI, UN Develop Low-Car bon Tour ism
Indonesia, in cooperation with the United Nations World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is developing low-carbon
tourism via the Sustainable Tourism through Energy
Efficiency with Adaptation and Mitigation Measures
(STREAM) project in its efforts to fight against climate
change impacts in the country.
"STREAM is a practical example on how the tourism sector
can involve local communities in fighting against climate
change impacts. We hope the STREAM project can be a
pilot in the implementation of low-carbon destination and
can be replicated to other tourism destinations," Firmansyah
CIRDAP In-house Annual Review Planning Seminar (CIARPS) 2014
DG, CIRDAP inaugurating CIARPS, 2014
Resear ch Division Pr esentation
The moderator of this session was Mr. Hossain Shahbaz,
Director Research, a.i. He stated that it is very difficult to
prepare an annual plan of Research Division without a
Director, Programme Officer & Secretary. It has only one
person i.e. Asst. Programme Officer to carry out the
activities of the division. Regional Policy Dialogue (RPD) is
the main achievement of Research Division, Handicrafts
project in the Pirojpur District was also completed last year.
Assistant Programme Officer (APOR), Research in his
presentation thanked the Director General for his initiative
to keep Research Division running smoothly. He said
CIRDAP Evaluation Committee (CEC) in their report
during 2009, made some comments on research mandates.
APOR also said that 12 research programmes are ongoing
during 2014 and another 16 research programmes have been
included in the Work Plan of 2014.
DG acknowledged the hard work of the Research Division
for achieving good result. Research Division programmes
are not too big. As Rearch Division is a member of the
Coordination Committee of the Akhter Hameed Khan
CIRDAP organised the Annual Planning Seminar to
formulate an annual work plan for the year 2014 and review
the activities of 2013. It is a forum participated by most of
the staff to discuss and identify the strengths and weaknesses
of each division and unit and recommend further
improvement. It is also the forum to identify the relevant and
important issues which may be raised in the forthcoming
policy body meetings of CIRDAP. The seminar started
through recitation of Holy Quran by Hafez Ataur Rahman.
Inaugur al Session
CIRDAP Annual Planning Meeting 2014 was held in
CIRDAP Headquarters, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 16 and 21
April 2014. All professionals and the general staff
participated in the meeting.
16 April 2014
Dr. Cecep Effendi, Director General of CIRDAP welcomed
the participants and highlighted the objectives of the
seminar in his welcome address. The DG expressed his
desire to discuss about the programmes of the divisions. He
also emphasised on team work in the Centre, CIRDAP's
challenges and future programmes. DG spoke on the
CIRDAP mandates and strategies, on CIRDAP's SWOT and
expected goals of Strategic Planning Meeting 2014.
Head of Administration & Finance also emphasised that
Daffodil University authorities are interested in doing some
programmes with CIRDAP.
Senior Secretary, Training Division (SST) said Training and
workshop/seminar for particular divisions were necessary.
Now only PPD is utilising the RCF allocation, it should be
shared with research and training division also.
Director General mentioned that the climate change
programme was good but which part of the programme
budget is for the host institution and which par is for
funding and whether it is in cash or kind should be reflected
in TOR. DG wished to work with CSSTC and Energy of
Bio-gas in Indonesia.
RDA, BARD & Contact Ministry are trying to expand the
programme. It was requested to CIRDAP to work in Micro-
credit by Vietnam Government. Workshop like HLP is
piloting, it does not belong to the Training Division.
APOR mentioned that Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh
will organise a programme on the best practices which was
discussed in the last EC/GC held in New Delhi, India.
Director General reiterated that if Indonesia organised any
programme and agreed to give local hospitality the
participant would bear the air-ticket cost.
Infor mat ion and Communicat ion
Division Pr esentation
Activities of the ICD are as follows:
Knowledge Generation, Management and Dissemination
ICT Support and Services
CIRDAP Websites
Library Services
Public Relations
As Director ICD was not present because she had to leave
for India, Mr. Waliul Hasnat presented the second phase
presentation of ICD. He mentioned that the CIRDAP
website is being updated and there are also several types of
link database for CIRDAP. It has been observed that more
than one thousand people visit the CIRDAP website every
month. The CICC website development and other facilities
have also been done properly.
Dr. Usharani Boruah, Librarian reported that some
publications are getting damaged and these should be
preserved in digital format in future. She has also contacted
two libraries of BARD in Bangladesh and NIRD in India to
Centenary Celebration, the DG requested APOR to print
Birth Anniversary Celebration of Akhtar Hameed
Khan Souvenir".
Regarding RCF, he said that this fund will be utilised to hire
an expert for CIRDAP as per guidelines of RCF.
The Finance Officer said that the guidelines for Corpus
Fund have not yet been prepared. It should be prepared
immediately for the proper utilisation of the Corpus fund.
Asst. Protocol Officer said that guidelines need to be
prepared in the line of the mandate of CIRDAP and also the
money to be spent for hiring experts for CIRDAP, is needed
to be clearly mentioned in the guideline.
Pilot Pr ojects Division Pr esentation
Mr. Hossain Shahbaz, Director, PPD during his presentation
shared some of his experiences and good projects that have
taken place in the CIRDAP Member Countries (CMCs).
Usually, a small budget is not enough to cover the
programme in CMCs. However, recently PPD organised a
programme in Nepal with limited budget.
The action research/pilot projects aims at: Identifying the
appropriate institutions; Methodologies; Technologies;
Enhancing skill; Building HRD; IGAs; Social welfare and
development. He also said that the partnership project may
have already evolved from the GOs, INGOs/NGOs or from
private sectors based on the thematic issues like post
harvest, food security and climate change, local government
etc. are based on best practices in CMCs.
DG also added that CARD methodology/model is very
important in Myanmar which was prepared by J apanese
Under the guidance of Director General, Director, PPD
successfully completed the Exposure-cum-study visit of
Government of Bangladesh High Officials. Action research
is focused on Regional Forum sharing best practices on
reduction of post-harvest. PPD also initiated partnership
programmes like food security at household level due to
climate change which is already approved by the Lao
Government. Public, private and partnership (PPP) is a very
good aspect for developing pilot/action research project in
consultation with respective stakeholders in CMCs.
PPD also took the initiative of a pilot project programme in
Vietnam as per their request. One PPD publication on 'Post-
Harvest on Agriculture: CIRDAP Experiences' is ready for
editing and printing. Link models like CARD should be
adopted in PPD.
He mentioned that earlier, many donors, viz.,
Commonwealth Secretariat, IFAD, APO, etc. funded
training programmes but now the funding is absent.
Senior Secretary, Training said that earlier most of the
donors of the world viz. the World Bank, UNDP,
Commonwealth Secretariat, APO, etc. funded training
programmes because during 1980s and 1990s there was
more focus on IRD by the donors, now the scenario of the
pattern of donor supported programmes has changed. Until
2000, the Government of J apan was the regular donor of
CIRDAP programmes and projects. CIRDAP conducted a
series of training programmes with funding support from
EDI of the World Bank, UNCRD in Nagoya, J apan for
Disaster Management, Commonwealth Secretariat for
Governance, APO, J apan for Participatory Planning. At that
time there was many professional staff at CIRDAP also to
mobilise programmes and projects for CIRDAP.
The division has the data of former participants who attended
CIRDAP training programmes but it is not updated and it is
difficult to update, because the training programmes are
attended by the government officials and later on they are
transferred to other places, hence it is not possible to keep
contact with them.
Earlier, when Mr. A.T.M. Shamsul Haque was the Director
General of CIRDAP, he used to invite the former
participants to any training programme/any programme of
APO (PPD) said the Training Division organised a series of
Training Programmes with funding support from APO,
J apan and there are training monographs in the library. He
enquired if the Training Division still kept training
SST said Training Division (D.T a.i) has started to prepare
proceedings of the training programme recently. Moreover,
Training Division has resource papers and presentations by
experts in its database.
DG, referring to his experience as Professor in the University,
mentioned hat some times materials from the resource
papers/documents were helpful for future referrences.
He said Training Division has a lot of resource materials in
its database.
APO (Research) wanted to know how CIRDAP benefits
from the NIRD - CIRDAP Training Programmes.
One of the objectives of CIRDAP was to assist national
action and promote regional cooperation. Through Training
activities of CIRDAP, service is being provided to its
discuss library management matters. MOUs may be signed
with other Libraries to share knowledge and build capacity.
Mr. Safiul Azam, Assistant Protocol Officer asked the
Computer Programmer to install new software in ICT of
CICC to have better output of the centre.
DG, CIRDAP advised the Computer Programmer to prepare
a proposal to develop the ICT Centre and discuss the matter
with him (DG).
Head of Administration and Finance mentioned that the
repair of the AC in the server room in ICT should be
repaired soon. He also requested the computer programmer
to conduct computer training for all staff members of
DG also requested the computer programmer to see the
feasibility to install Wi-Fi internet within the CIRDAP
DG asked the Librarian whether CIRDAP library can be run
in e-library system. If necessary, the internet budget for
internal facilities for the library can be increased. It may be
connected with other libraries for sharing e-books, e-journals,
etc. DG also told the ICD to assess the feasibility of whether
CDD can be sent electronically to the different recipients.
Mr. Nasim-al Rashid, Secretary (Research) mentioned that
CIRDAP should participate in the national book fair. It will
increase the image of CIRDAP. He also said that the ICT
centre is not much known to the other organisations.
Regarding the CICC, it needs to be publicised through
sending brochure to all GO/INGOs/NGOs as well as
International/National Organisations.
The Computer Programmer mentioned that the proposed
CICC brochure along with e-mail address may be sent to
other organisations within Dhaka city as well as CMCs.
Tr aining Division Pr esentation
As Director Ttraining a.i was not present, Mr. Samir K.
Roy, Senior Secretary (Training) presented the Training
programmes to be carried out during 2014. Training
programmes are going to be conducted in 2014 with the
Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC).
Mr. Safiul Azam, APO mentioned that many Bangladeshi
officials attended in IFAD, CSSTC, NIRD, India funded
training programmes. CIRDAP should maintain their updated
addresses like e-mails and other communications address so
that they can be contacted when required by CIRDAP.
21 April 2014
The planning Seminar started on the second day, i.e., 21
April 2014. Head of Administration and Finance (HAF)
moderated the session slotted for Administration and
Finance Division. He informed in brief about the activities
of the Division as follows:
Important issues of Administration and Finance (A&F)
Fortnightly meeting on A&F and if decisions are
implemented accordingly
Planning issues to be undertaken by Finance, Protocol,
Personnel and Auditorium and CICC etc.
Pr esentation of Accounts and Finance
The Finance Officer (FO) in his presentation mentioned
about Programme of Work and Budget (PWB) for the 17

Biennium 2012-13 and 18
Biennium 2014-15 of CIRDAP
and other financial matters. He mentioned that there are
seven types of fund operated in CIRDAP. He then presented
the summary of 17
and 18
PWB (General Fund with all
CMCs contribution) .
Pr esentation on Pr otocol Matter s
Protocol Matters of CIRDAP were presented by Mr. Safiul
Azam, Asst. Protocol Officer (APO). Before starting his
presentation, Mr. Azam mentioned that if programme
divisions of CIRDAP have more work then Administration
Division will have more work. He mentioned the following
activities which will be carried out by the Protocol Section
of the Administration Division:
Assist the Pilot Project Division (PPD) for Exposure-cum-
Study Visit on best Practices/success on poverty
alleviation and rural development of Senior Officials
RDCD and Chief Engineer, PWD to Tehran, Iran from
19-28 February 2014
Assist the PPD to organise the Workshop on Food harvest
at HARTI, Colombo, Sri Lanka from 16-19 March 2014
Visit Programme Secretary, Government of India and DG,
CIRDAP to Myanmar
Arrange to pay courtesy call to Ambassador of CMC's in
Assist DG, CIRDAP to arrange the visit programme of
H.E. Minister, Fiji (GC-Vice Chairperson) and DG,
CIRDAP to India, Bangladesh and Malaysia
Assist DG, CIRDAP to arrange the visit programme of
Director General, Ministry of Home Affairs and
Chairperson of TC-28 and DG, CIRDAP to Iran and
Pakistan on April
Assist DG, CIRDAP to arrange the visit programme of
H.E. Minister, Sri Lanka to Myanmar, DG may
accompany the Minister
member countries. On the other hand, CIRDAP is getting
US$1500 per programme from NIRD-CIRDAP
Collaborative training programmes.
DG asked if CIRDAP staff can attend the training
SST said that some of the CIRDAP staff attended the
training programmes in different programmes. Actually,
NIRD always says there will be one person from CIRDAP,
but CIRDAP emphasises for two because Director
(Training) and DG has to attend the training programmes.
Sometimes DG does not go, then only another person can
attend. If DG wants, he can send CIRDAP staff for training
programme, but it should be training specific, any person
can not participate any programme, which NIRD can object
and that will not be good for CIRDAP.
PPD mentioned that there are provisions for two CIRDAP
staffs in NIRD-CIRDAP programmes, DT has to go to
organise the programme. Another slot is for DG, if DG does
not go then another staff can go.
DG said CIRDAP staffs can also attend ITEC programme.
Which ITEC programme is suitable for CIRDAP staff will
be analysed.
SST said that CIRDAP can send its staff for ITEC
programmes. Training Division has already selected 20 slots
in different institutes of India, where CIRDAP can send
suitable staff members for suitable programmes.
DG also reiterated that Training programmes are running
mainly on Indian funding support. CIRDAP has to look for
training programmes from other countries viz., Indonesia,
Malaysia, Thailand, etc.
SST commented that it is true that training programmes are
running mainly on Indian funding support, but
communications are underway with Malaysia and Thailand
for training programmes for the year 2014. Malaysia
regretted for not being able to be part of the training
programme in 2014. Thailand has not yet replied. SST
requested DG to recruit professional staff in the divisions.
Director General also mentioned that it is necessary to make
one list of CIRDAP staff for training programme,
previously about 5 to 6 CIRDAP staff attended the same
training programme. Due to India's support the Training
Division is going on. DG's suggested at least one training
programme with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Lastly Mr. Shafiqur Rahman, Assistant Programme Officer,
Research Division, requested the Director General to recruit
Director, Research to run the division smoothly.
Hon'ble Director General of CIRDAP wrapped up the
session with the vote of thanks.
Apart from the above activities APO, mentioned some
additional activities viz, to put CMCs' small flags at
different places of CIRDAP premises. After the presentation
there was discussion on the protocol matters presented.
Pr esentation on Per sonnel Matter s
Ms. Najma Yesmin, Personnel Assistant presented her
Section's activities for 2014 which were:
Recruitment of Computer Specialist
Recruitment of Finance Assistant
Recruitment of Assistant Information and Communication
Officer (AICO)
Recruitment of Director (PPD) and Director (Research)
Maintaining attendance of Staff Members by Customised
Attendance Software
Improvement of existing Internship Rules
Arrangement of meeting for reviewing the grade/step of
the staff members
Foundation Day Programme
Arrangement of Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC)
Meeting and preparation of related documents
(performance report, minutes, notes, extension letter etc.)
for the meeting of the staff members whose tenure will be
expired on September 2014
Observance of the duties and responsibilities of the staff
members as per Operations Manual and making a data
with the actual works of the staff members
Other duties include checking, updating of expiration &
increment dates, maintaining of personal files & records,
activities on legal matters, preparation of various letters,
formats, notes, circular/office order, database as
instructed by supervisor and management.
On completion of her presentation, comments, questions
and answers were requested from the staff members.
Pr esentation on Pr oper ty and Supply
Mr. S. Sen Gupta, Property and Supply Asst. (P&SA) made
a presentation on the following matters related to Property
and Supply Section's activities to be undertaken during 2014:
Renovation of the Kitchen of the CICC thorough PWD
Reconstruction of the visitor room and expansion of the
main gate of CIRDAP Campus through PWD
Construction of the dormitory at 3rd floor of the CICC
building through PWD.
Arrange a meeting with Minister and State Minister,
Secretary, Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives,
Government of Bangladesh
Arrange the Home Leave of Director General and his
family members
Assist and coordinate to organise the Ambassador/High
commissioners of CMCs in Dhaka meeting at CIRDAP
Headquarters to promote CIRDAP in their respective
country about RD, PA
Screening Committee
To arrange and organise the staff day of CIRDAP-2014
Arrange to import a Toyota Fortuner from M/s Toyota
Corporation through M/s Nava Limited on duty free
Assist to arrange visit programme of DG to Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Iran
Assist to organise and coordinate the celebrations of the
Anniversary of CIRDAP
To invite Ex. President of Indonesia during 35th
Anniversary Day
To assist, organise and coordinate TC-29 meeting in
Hanoi, Vietnam
Compile and finalise TC-29 reports and arrange its
publications and dispatch to all concerned.
Arrange the exposure from Bangladesh Govt. Officials to
visit Manila for sharing and applying best practices on
rural development
Maintain liaison with the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of
LGRD&C, Ministry of Home Affairs, NBR and other
Ministries to ensure smooth execution of the agreement
between CIRDAP and the Host Government.
Expatriate Visa: Renewal of Passport/Visa for expatriates
Provide protocol services to the participants, delegates,
visitors, guests and CIRDAP staff members at Hazrat
Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka
Travel and hotel accommodation
Maintain the liaison with government offices, non-
government offices, to issue consideration of problems
within the centre's field and to take appropriate action.
Residential accommodation for Professional Staff (PS)
Personal Effects and House Hold Goods
Act as Member of Purchase Committee and Maintenance
Diplomatic Facilities and Immunities
Provide administrative supports to the Programme
Support during Conducting Annual Audit 2014
Pursuing for expansion of CIRDAP Family
Purchase of clothes for dinning/refreshment tables
Purchase of dinning crockeries, utensils etc.
Purchase of public address system for auditorium
Arrange one/half day free events for regular clients
Sending gifts/souvenir/greeting cards/appreciation by DG
to the regular old clients for promotion
Orientation/training of Cook
Closing Session
Addr ess by Dir ector Gener al, CIRDAP
'Before I discuss our planning meeting 2014, I thank you all
for making this annual planning meeting a success.
CIRDAP does not belong to the DG or the Directors
because they will leave CIRDAP after a short term, but
CIRDAP belongs to you all because you will be here for
long time. By presenting your presentations, your
comments, suggestions, etc. you are very eager about the
activities of your division regarding the planning; this
indicates that you are serious about your job. During our
planning meeting you presented issues, suggestions and
comments on programme divisions, i.e., research, pilot
projects, training, ICD and administration, finance, protocol,
personnel matters, etc. There was a long discussion during
presentation on Finance Section, Personnel Session, there
were questions and answers. Everybody tried their best to
present his/her activities, whatever we talked is all ours. It
is not our individual's weakness, it is collective weaknesses.'
'I went to Nepal and wanted to meet ICIMOD DG, but could
not meet him due to scarcity of time. Our future will depend
on our activities, income and expenditure and our
seriousness. For this reason this planning meeting will help
us to determine our importance in our activities. I hope there
will be improvement in future. My humble submission is
that whatever budget is there that aspect may be sorted out
by mutual cooperation. There are many inter-related
problems, how to combine these problems in one single
issue must be explored. There are proposals for installment
of WiFi, etc. All these are inter-related. Everybody should
have clear agenda and everything has to be done together. I
must admire your sincerity and your presentations seriously.
One particular point to do is to do things in a more
systematic way. We have to plan and plan and plan. Every
six months there has to be a review of planning. Somebody
should be in-charge of monitoring, somebody in-charge of
planning, somebody in-charge of implementation. This kind
of discussions must happen more frequently.'
Finally, DG mentioned that CIRDAP does not depend on
DG, CIRDAP does not depend on Director, CIRDAP
depends on all the employees. He mentioned that he has two
dreams to fulfill:
Purchase of a car.
Sale of old Vehicle.
Purchase of Motorbike
Purchase of 200 chairs and 15 dining tables with cover for
the cafeteria of CICC
Purchase of cookeries for running GF and 1
floor of
Purchase of Utensils for CICC
Painting boundary wall through PWD.
Repair and painting of the old Auditorium through PWD.
Servicing of the air-conditioner and generator.
Office supply materials.
Purchase of cleaning materials of the campus.
Maintenance of vehicles.
Maintenance of house and office premises.
Maintenance of furniture and equipment (tables, chairs,
cupboards, file cabinets, generator, water pump, AC,
PABX, PA system and others )
Maintenance of garden & campus light, main line.
Distribute liveries to the G1-G2 Staff members.
Purchase of fuel.
Founding Anniversary Programme and Iftar party.
After P&SA's presentation comments, questions and
answers were requested from the staff members.
Pr esentation on Auditor ium and CICC
Matter s
Mr. Nasim presented the Auditorium and CICC matters of
CIRDAP. Some of the important activities of Auditorium
and CICC were presented. There was some overlapping of
activities of Auditorium and CICC activities with the
activities of APO and P&SA.
Preparation and printing of CICC/auditorium brochure
Preparation and printing of food menu and price list of
Develop CIRDAP website with materials of brochure,
menu & price list and other related information
Design 6 CIRDAP monogram at the backdrop of 3 stage
and 3 lobbies
Prepare table for CICC cafeteria and repair tables of
auditorium lobby & old cafeteria
Purchase/repair chair for CICC/cafeteria/auditorium
Repair of microphone system at auditorium
Prepare of two podiums for CICC both hall rooms
Purchase/ repair of electric bulb/fan and stuff/fittings,
freshener etc. for CICC/auditorium
CIRDAP Staff at the Annual Planning Meeting, 2014
campus will give a new look and new model in CIRDAP
campus. She hoped that this planning meeting will go a long
way in CIRDAP'sfuture work.
HAF thanked DG for initiating this planning meeting and
completing it successfully. He also thanked Directors and all
staff members for their fruitful participation in this planning
meeting to chalk out our future activities very meaningfully.
He mentioned that there may be loopholes and mis-
management, however, everyone must work together to
mitigate those matters and move forward to build a bright
future. He thanked everybody for their kind cooperation.
At the end, DG mentioned that he has three dreams to fulfill
in future:
1) To implement house rent allowance for all staff members
from the Government of Bangladesh.
2) Hostel at the 3rd floor of CICC
3) Increase of Member Countries of CIRDAP.
At the end, group photographs of DG, Directors and all staff
members were taken.
1) To establish a model green-house at CIRDAP campus.
2) To establish a model solar panel generated electricity at
CIRDAP Campus.
DG showed two photographs of model green-house and
model solar panel generated electricity.
DPPD thanked DG and all staff members for their
seriousness to make the planning meeting a success. He
mentioned about the dream of DG to implement two
projects namely, green-house and solar panel generated
electricity. He suggested to keep all our hands together to
help CIRDAP for its prosperous future and help DG in his
endeavour for the betterment of CIRDAP.
DICD said firstly everyone should thank DG for reviving
this planning meeting. This kind of planning will facilitate
each other to improve CIRDAP's activities. She suggested
to plan in the beginning of the year, then have a quarterly
review and again in the end of the year complete review can
take place. Regarding all the new ideas of DG, she
mentioned that these innovative experience in CIRDAP
Building Bridges
DG, CIRDAP and Directors meet with Hon'ble State Minister
Mr. Moshuir Rahman Ranga M.P, Ministry of Local Government
Rural Development and Cooperatives, Government of the People's
Republic of Bangladesh
DG, CIRDAP attended "The 1
Asian Public Governance Forum
(APG) on Public Innovation" organised by OECD Korea Policy
Centre in Indonesia
DG, CIRDAP met Director of Statistical, Economic, Social
Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries of Islamic
Organization Conference Dr. Mehmet Fatih Serenu
DG, CIRDAP with Dr. Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President of the World
Bank In Charge of Change, Leadership and Innovation in the
Second High Level Meeting on Country-led Knowledge Hubs-HLM2
Date Activities Venue
CI RDAP - NI RD Collaborative I nternational Training Programme on
'Application of Geo-I nformatics System (GI S) for Mitigation and
Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management'
Regional Workshop on "One Tambon One Product and Sufficiency
Economy Philosophy"
ASEAN Forum to Promote Best Practices in Sustainable Rural
I nfrastructure Development
Regional Experience Seminar on SME Development in Afghanistan
I n-country Seminar on Piloting Horizontal L earning Process in
Course on Rural Transformation Programme for ASEAN and Latin
American Countries (The Malaysian Experience)
Training Programme on Renewable Energy: Micro Hydro Power for
Rural Development
CI RDAP - NI RD Collaborative I nternational Training Programme on
Monitoring and Evaluation (M& E) of Rural Wage Employment
Programme (MG NREGA)
I nternational Workshop on Networking Local Government I nstitutions
in CI RDAP Member Countries
CI RDAP - NI RD Collaborative I nternational Training Programme on
"Sustainable Rural Livelihoods"
CI RDAP - NI RD Collaborative I nternational Training Programme on
I nformation and Communication Technology (I CT) Application for
Rural Development
I ndonesia
I ndia
I ndia
I ndia
I ndia
30 June - 09 July 2014
15-18 July 2014
24-27 August 2014
31 August-
01 September 2014
2-3 September 2014
14-26 September 2014
22-29 September 2014
9-18 October 2014
November 2014
5-14 January 2015
9-18 March 2015