About Us

BWGED (Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt) is a loose forum of progressive development activists and organizations from allover Bangladesh. The BWGED was primarily formed by NGO Forum on ADB to ensure safeguard for affected communities and human rights defenders from adverse impacts of IFI funded projects, but it is not limited to the members of the Forum. Later, the Working Group has been expanded to broader community of civil society by including External Debt Issues with IFIs in 2016. The principle of all actions taken by BWGED is the Bangladesh Peoples Safeguard Position Paper which has been endorsed by the members in early 2016 through a workshop organized by the Forum and BWGED.

Formation meeting of Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt (BWGED)

  • Immunity of IFIs in Bangladesh;
  • IFI Funded Project Related Information;
  • Access to Clean Energy
  • Alternative Model and Ideas of Development; and
  • Documentation of Past Movements against IFIs in Bangladesh

  • Environment & Forest
  • Energy & Power
  • Water & Agriculture
  • Climate Change

  1. Abu Siddique, Senior Reporter, The Daily Dhaka Tribune
  2. Actionaid Bangladesh, Dhaka
  3. An Organization for Socio-Economic Development (AOSED), Khulna 
  4. Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Dhaka
  5. Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio Communication (BNNRC), Dhaka
  6. Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Dhaka 
  7. Basanti Saha, Lawyer, Judges Court, Dhaka
  8. Christian Aid in Bangladesh, Dhaka
  9. CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), Khulna
  10. Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Dhaka 
  11. Centre for Bangladesh Studies (CBS), Dhaka
  12. Equity and Justice Working Group - Bangladesh (EquityBD), Dhaka
  13. DEVREMATE, Dhaka
  14. Development Synergy Institute (DSI), Dhaka
  15. Initiative for Right View (IRV), Khulna 
  16. ISDE Bangladesh, Chittagong
  17. Jibanananda Jayanta, Lawyer, Judges Court, Dhaka
  18. Jyotirmoy Barua, Barrister, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Dhaka 
  19. Nagorik Sanghati, Dhaka
  20. Nagorik Uddyog, Dhaka
  21. Maha Mirza, Member, National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port, Dhaka
  22. Noakhali Rural Development Society (NRDS), Dhaka
  23. Oxfam in Bangladesh, Dhaka
  24. Paani Committee, Satkhira
  25. Paribartan-Rajshahi, Rajshahi
  26. Participatory Research and Action Network (PRAN), Noakhali, Chittagong 
  27. Prantojon Trust, Barisal
  28. Shahid Ullah, Freelance Activist, Dhaka
  29. Sheikh Rokon, Sub-Editor, The Daily Samakal, Dhaka
  30. Society for Participatory Empowerment for Development (SPED), Dhaka
  31. Safety and Rights Society (SRS), Dhaka
  32. Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Dhaka
  33. Society for People's Education, Empowerment and Development Trust (SPEED Trust), Barisal
  34. Tapas Das, Senior Reporter, The Daily New Age, Dhaka
  35. Uttaran, Tala, Satkhira
  36. VOICE, Dhaka
And a number of progressive civil society members including lawyers, journalists, academia and social worker.

It is an open forum for all activists who are interested to play a role against destructive projects under external debts like bilateral and multilateral institutions, private sector and International Financial Institutes (IFIs), especially Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and World Bank (WB).

The information and documents of BWGED are fully free for everybody to use noncommercial purposes especially in  awareness building, campaign and advocacy. Citation and mentioning source is requested humbly.

- NGO Forum on ADB

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