Dhaka, 14 October 2015 - Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) has launched the second round of the seed funding program under its Community System Strengthening and Advocacy Program. A total of five CBOs have thus far implemented its program in different districts of Bangladesh under the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA-910-GO2-H), which is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the United Nations Development Programme. Advocacy Seed Grants aim to provide support towards MSM and transgender leading organizations on community driven initiatives in advocating for an enabling policy environment at local and national level.

To meet this objective BSWS has already completed the first round from March to September 2015 and now the second round has been initiated through a Request for Proposal (RFP). A total of 20 proposals were received in response to BSWS’ website circular. The ad hoc panel primarily selected five CBOs from the proposals based on a prescribed scoring sheet for Capacity Assessment. After an intensive assessment the following organizations were selected: Agragami Samajik Unnayan Songho from Sirajganj, Arpon Manob Kallyan Sangstha (AMKS) from Jessore, Protiva Manob Kallan Sanghstha (PMKS) from Natore, Pabna Sobuj Sangha(PPS) from Pabna, Setu Bondhon Kallyan Sangha (SBKS) from Mymensingh.

As a part of final review of project proposal and budget, a two-day long participatory consultation was organized by BSWS from 11-12 October 2015 at the Program Management Office, Siddesswari, Ramna Dhaka in order to finalize their project proposals and budgets based on their needs and recommendations. Finally, the budget for the five CBOs was set at US$36,017 for the seed fund second round. At the end of the consultation an agreement signing session was conducted. In this session a total eight participants were present from the CBOs.

“This is the new journey started with Community based Organization (CBO) through a small grant and it is a opportunity for CBO’s and BSWS to work together in a same platform,” said Shale Ahmed, BSWS.

“It is a great opportunity for us to work with BSWS and through work we want to show our skills which we received from BSWS in earlier capacity building initiatives,” said Rubaidual Haq Jowarder, Representative of Arpon Manob Kallyan Sangstha (AMKS) (CBO).

Following the session, the agreement was signed by all five CBOs.

For further information please contact Bandhu Social Welfare Society, 99 Kakrail;, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh; Tel:+88-02935-6868, 933-9898 or mail to shale@bandhu-bd.org