Understanding the views of the civil society

Political dialogue and networking to strengthen human rights and the fight against poverty

In 2012, NETZ brought together civil society organisations and human rights activists from Bangladesh with German and European political decision-makers. Within the network Bangladesh Forum Germany, NETZ closely cooperates with Amnesty International, Bread for the World, Misereor and Shanti among others.NETZ is entrusted with the administrative management of the network.

The Bangladesh Forum Germany conducted conferences in EU institutions in Brussels and Berlin. Political decision-makers discussed with civil society representatives from Bangladesh, Germany and Europe, how extremely poor people can get a secure access to natural resources and the social safety net. The results of these conferences will be incorporated in the EU’s strategy on Bangladesh for the period of 2014-2020.

Furthermore, the Bangladesh Forum Germany prepared and followed-up the journey to Bangladesh of the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in 2012. The focus was on human rights challenges: e.g. that human rights organisations and the media in Bangladesh can work freely and without restrictions. All topics and demands that are proposed by the Bangladesh Forum Germany to governmental decision-makers are based on the work of the civil society in Bangladesh. Therefore, an intensive dialogue with civil society actors from Bangladesh takes places.

Prospect for 2013

The protection of the human rights of women, religious minorities and indigenous people prior to and after the general elections, which are planned for the turn of the year 2013/14, is a main focus. A close dialogue is conducted with actors of the civil society in Bangladesh and political decision-makers in Germany and Europe regarding socioconomic and cultural developments in the country.


Dirk Saam

Senior Programme Manager Advocacy (Berlin office)
Phone: 0 (049) 30 - 85 71 47 23