Bangladesh: Non-governmental Organisations

Department for International Development written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Bangladeshi Government to ensure there are no delays in granting access to international NGOs operating in Bangladesh.

Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any of her Department's partners have had their permits to operate within the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar rescinded by the Government of Bangladesh; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her Bangladeshi counterparts on allowing NGOs to carry radios in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are aware of NGO concerns regarding access and ability to deliver in the camps. DFID Bangladesh humanitarian leads are in regular contact with the head of the NGO platform in Cox’s Bazar and directly with our NGO partners. We and other development partners work with UN agencies to raise issues with the Bangladesh government including timely and transparent processing of authorisations.

NGOs have discussed access to radios with the UN Resident Coordinator and Government officials. Currently NGOs can only access radios through UN partners, which creates some restrictions. DFID is aware of these issues, and continues to raise this issue with the UN.

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