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 Forum members. Later, the Working Group has been expanded to broader community of civil society by including External Debt Issues with IFIs in 2016. The principle document, Bangladesh Peoples Safeguard Position Paper, 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)
To establish a prosperous and environment friendly society through stopping unjust and dirty loans which affect environment, human rights and livelihoods of common people of Bangladesh.

To sensitize on and mobilize the communities, civil society and policymakers against illegal, illegitimate, odious and unsustainable debts from Multilateral Development Banks and other Financial Institutes through research & study, advocacy & campaign, dialogue & lobby, conference & protests and media mobilization.

1. Immunity of IFIs in Bangladesh;
2. Right to Information
3. Energy Access & Just Transition
4. Alternative Development; and
5. History of Movements

1. Environment & Climate
2. Energy & Power
3. Large Infrastructure
4. Water & Agriculture

  1. Actionaid Bangladesh, Dhaka
  2. An Organization for Socio-Economic Development (AOSED), Khulna 
  3. Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Dhaka
  4. Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio Communication (BNNRC), Dhaka
  5. Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Dhaka 
  6. Christian Aid in Bangladesh, Dhaka
  7. CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), Khulna
  8. Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Dhaka 
  9. Centre for Bangladesh Studies (CBS), Dhaka
  10. Change Initiative, Dhaka
  11. Development Synergy Institute (DSI), Dhaka 
  12. Equity and Justice Working Group - Bangladesh (EquityBD), Dhaka
  13. Initiative for Right View (IRV), Khulna 
  14. ISDE Bangladesh, Chittagong
  15. Nagorik Sanghati, Dhaka
  16. Nagorik Uddyog, Dhaka
  17. Noakhali Rural Development Society (NRDS), Dhaka
  18. Oxfam in Bangladesh, Dhaka
  19. Paani Committee, Satkhira
  20. Paribartan-Rajshahi, Rajshahi
  21. Participatory Research and Action Network (PRAN), Noakhali, Chittagong 
  22. Prantojon Trust, Barisal
  23. Society for Participatory Empowerment for Development (SPED), Dhaka
  24. Safety and Rights Society (SRS), Dhaka
  25. Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Dhaka
  26. Society for People's Education, Empowerment and Development Trust (SPEED Trust), Barisal
  27. Uttaran, Tala, Satkhira
  28. VOICE, Dhaka

  1. Abu Siddique, The Daily Business Standard
  2. Basanti Saha, Lawyer, Judges Court, Dhaka 
  3. Jibanananda Jayanta, Lawyer, Judges Court, Dhaka 
  4. Jyotirmoy Barua, Barrister, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Dhaka 
  5. Maha Mirza, National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power & Port
  6. Shahid Ullah, Freelance Activist, Dhaka 
  7. Sheikh Rokon, The Daily Samakal, Dhaka 
  8. Tapas Das, The Daily New Age, Dhaka
And a number of progressive civil society members including lawyers, journalists, academia and social worker. 
BWGED 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