Another Type of World is Still Possible through Another Type of Communication, OF COURSE!!!

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AHM Bazlur Rahman-S21BR
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is a national networking body on alternative mass media working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information, equitable and affordable access to Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and Right to Communication of remote and marginalized population.

BNNRC is registered body with NGO Affaires Bureau and Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Bangladesh as an Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Network and established in 2000 as per Article 19 charter of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

BNNRC has been undertaking pioneer approaches to integrate ICT for Development (ICT4D), related policy advocacy for good governance, People’s Right in Country and Global Commons and Poverty Alleviation with community development work at the grassroots through its networking NGOs in Bangladesh.

BNNRC’s outreach extends to local, national and international forums. Communication is recognized as an essential human need and, therefore, as a basic human right. In this backdrop, BNNRC’s working strategies are:

1. Communicating in Public Sphere 2. Communicating Knowledge 3. Civil Rights in Communication 4. Cultural Rights in Communication

BNNRC now strives for the following core interventions to achieve Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Plan and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Bangladesh

1. Awareness on correlations of ICT, poverty alleviation and Institutionalization of Democracy and Right to Information (RTI)

2. Establishment of ICT Resource Center and Promotion of Rural Knowledge Volunteers (RKV) as primary ICT catalyst in remote rural areas;

3. Advocacy and Campaign for Bridging the Digital Divide/Information Divide/Knowledge Divide through Community Radio – voices for the voice-less/ voices for the rural people;

4. Piloting Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) projects at rural areas to create show case examples for greater multiplication through Rural Knowledge Center (RKC)/ Tele Centre,

5. Establishment of Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through Amateur Radio (HAM Radio) Promotion,

6. Establishment of People’s Right in Telecommunication/ Global Commons/Country Commons.

7. To promote the adoption of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), open standards, and open content for development

BNNRC utilizes its vast experience and works as development partner with all concerned government ministries/bodies, Political leaders NGOs, CBOs, private sector, civil society actors, media, national and international agencies and other stakeholders to promote Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).

We invite you to join our Struggle !!! For more information : www.bnnrc.net

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