Non-State Actors (NSAs) of Bangladesh have been contributing to the COVID-19 response activities across the country. As the economic slowdown, caused by the pandemic, affects the livelihoods of the marginalised communities and people living in hard-to-reach areas, the NSAs of the country are playing an instrumental role in providing support to the affected people.
But it seems, lack of coordination among the regulatory authority and among the NSAs at the field level is undermining the targeted outcome to bring the vulnerable groups under the supporting coverage. It is critical now for the government and the NSA bodies to move with a coordinated approach to ensure that affected people are effectively and adequately supported in this time of national crisis.
These observations emerged at the Partners’ Webinar Series organised by the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh on 13 and 15 April 2020. A total of four webinars have been organised in participation of around 60 representatives from around 50 Partner Organisations of the Platform. Partners of the Platform opined to formulate comprehensive communication and coordination activities by the Platform to reflect the contribution of NSAs in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.