Dr. S M Zulfiqar Ali, Head of Research and Advocacy, EEP/Shiree participated as the Discussant in the 5th National Knowledge Convention on “Poverty and Development: Realities of the Grassroots” on 20 January 2016. The convention was led by 7 NGOs including Action Aid Bangladesh, Practical Action Bangladesh, Plan International Bangladesh, Concern Worldwide, Oxfam in Bangladesh, VSO Bangladesh and HEKS/EPER.
The 5th Knowledge Convention presented three policy notes which captured from grass roots evidences as outcome of two Regional Knowledge Conventions held in the Rangpur and Khulna division on
- Climate change
- Food security and
- Child rights issues and practices
Development practitioners shared their policy recommendations based on research findings and credible alternative models to facilitate discussions and way forwards among policy stakeholders.
The knowledge convention is a yearly event that provides a space for knowledge collaboration, mutual learning and influence through researching, discussing, and debating on grassroots issues, innovations, solutions, and replications, thereby offering the development actors to undertake rights based work to bring about changes in the lives of the poor and marginalised.