The Role is perceived as facilitator, motivator, advocate etc., and not as a service provider. That means we are seeing ourselves in the role of activists who will address theoretical – conceptual issues to have strategic impact on the life and livelihood of the marginalized people.
To achieve policy changes and strategic impact on issues, INCIDIN Bangladesh is creating knowledge through Action Research, gather community experience as good practice, and develop awareness on the constrains and prospects of industrial development. We specially emphasis on:
- the establishment of rights of the children,
- the reintegration of the child labors into social safety net with their rights in placed,
- the prevention of trafficking in women and children and the assurance of the rights of the survivors,
- Equal rights of the people of the less developed world at trade policy forums and Achievement of fair share of global trade for all,
- Sustainable livelihood and rights-based work environment within the global regime,
- a humane and pro-people globalization process leading to sustainable community and economic development.
Action Research and policy advocacy could be defined as main strategy of the INCIDIN Bangladesh to understand and address the societal problem. To address the issues we are working with all relevant actors in formal and informal networks, in a concerted way.
As an Advocacy and Research based organization, INCIDIN Bangladesh is working through three distinct but interlinked divisions of work to achieve its objectives. However, in terms of practical management of the program and projects as well as in the organizational self-perception, the distinction between these three divisions/departments does not play any important role. These three divisions are: 1) Industrial Development Division, 2) Community Development Division and 3) Action Research Division.
1. Industrial Development Division
INCIDIN Bangladesh believes in perusing the goal of industrial development through the creation of Small and Rural Industries (SRI) and a supportive marketing network of the marginal rural producers, in line with the need and capabilities of different communities, as well as, in harmony with the structure and need of the national economy.
To meet the planning vacuum INCIDIN Bangladesh contributes as a deliberation council. It focuses on bringing people at the center of development planning and ensuring peoples effective participation in the planning space.
INCIDIN Bangladesh also functions as a pressure group to ensure the interest of the community and environment in the national plans regarding growth and development, and promotes the policy of a marriage of economy, ecology and community.
At present the major activities of this division is centered on protecting and promoting people’s rights in the process of ‘globalization’: Campaign for Peoples Right in Liberalization (CPRL), Marginalized Farmers Rights Campaign (Our Agriculture is Our Life).
2) Community Development Division
The prime objective of the division is to ensure that the overall development of the community is not overlooked when implementing the industrial programs.
INCIDIN Bangladesh, considers the problem of child labour; children engaged in hazardous works, child victims of trafficking and both commercial and non-commercial sexual abuse, as one of the most urgent agenda of community development. INCIDIN Bangladesh, deals with the problem of child labour employing both the preventive and curative methods.
INCIDIN Bangladesh, through a participatory approach, tries to assess and meet the health, education, housing and other needs of the community which directly affect their status as human beings and their effectiveness as productive units.
Along with environment, INCIDIN Bangladesh gives special attention towards children, women, indigenous people and other vulnerable social groups and assist and empower them through awareness programs, training, income generating programs and support systems.
Programs under this division are: Misplaced Childhood (MC), a drop-in centre for sexually exploited street children; Safe Night Shelter for Street Boys, Benarasi School Program, a formal school for children of the Bihari community working in sari waving factories.
3) Action Research Division
INCIDIN Bangladesh also participates in other social researches as a part of its community development programs. The function of the researches is two-fold : Firstly, they support both the macro and micro level planers to formulate development strategies. Secondly, they help INCIDIN Bangladesh to chalk-out its intervention policy regarding the relevant sectors. The overriding goal of the activities is to empower people through building capacity of research, planning, monitoring and evaluation. INCIDIN Bangladesh perceives participatory research as the key element of its organization building assistance program for the grassroots level actors.
At present the major research focus lies on:
- Trafficking and Migration of women and children (internal and cross boarder),
- Child rights and sexual exploitation of children,
- Labour rights and the impact of international trade policies on Bangladesh workers and farmers,
- People’s Organization.
INCIDIN Bangladesh over the years has acquired extensive experience in evaluating and strategic planning of several programs of NGOs, GOs and donor agencies. Here, we focus on participatory process and ensuring people’s participation in the space and process of such endeavour.
Furthermore, INCIDIN Bangladesh provides support to small rural NGOs and activist groups in participatory strategic planning, developing monitoring and evaluation system and building capacity of the small initiatives in carrying forward such activities.
Networking and cooperation
INCIDIN Bangladesh holds active membership in the following forums and networks:
- Campaign for Child Rights for Children in Hazardous work, Bangladesh
- AISCL (regional child labour network)
- Make Trade Fair Alliance, Bangladesh
- Bangladesh Garments Protection Alliance
- Workers Safety Forum, Bangladesh
- Resource Group on Working with Men and Boys, Bangladesh
- Anti-Trafficking Network Bangladesh
- UNESCAP Bangladesh Resource Group
- Regional Committee on Inclusive Education of UNESCO
- Helpers Association of Psycho-social Counselling and Rehabilitation, Bangladesh
- Migration and Trafficking Thematic Group (regional group)
- Bangladesh Migration and Development Forum
- Bangladesh Counter Trafficking Thematic Group, facilitated by IOM.
- Co-Coordinator, Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC) (regional network)
- Founder Member, South Asia’s Professionals Against Trafficking in Human Being (SAPATH).
- Co-Convenor, Red Barnet Partners Co-ordination Body (RBPCB)
- Bangladesh Population Association