The Church of Bangladesh has taken an initiative to collect the consent of local village people for the world they want in a survey undertaken through a joint initiative between the UN and Civil Society, where ordinary citizens are participating in the high-level panel discussions on the post-2015 development plan.
The survey format has been translated into Bangla and distributed to the villagers in paper form as they have no access to the internet. They are being briefed on the objectives of MY World and the process of filling out the form in yard meetings, which are later being collected and posted on to the MY World website through the Anglican Alliance link.
This effort has been taken in appreciation of the fact that every citizen has a voice and the potential to have their say in the global future development plan for the poor. The people who are the beneficiaries of that development rarely have the chance to make their voice heard and give their consent, due to the lack of access to internet facilities.
Local participants have filled out the survey with immense interest; particularly the women of the communities are very happy to have the opportunity to voice their needs and concerns to the United Nations and the global high-level panel, hearing that the results of the survey will later be shared with the Secretary-General of the UN as well as other global leaders. One woman, Hashi Hazra (40) from Esakathi village, Kashipur, in Barisal District, on being asked her views on the initiative, said, “ I feel proud to be part of the post-2015 development process. It has given me an ownership to the future development of the poor like me.”
At this time, more than 500 women have filled out the forms and taken their vote, and the initiative will be continued throughout the year to reach as many people as possible in the grassroots communities of Bangladesh.