Ashma Begum

Ashma Begum Photo location: Chilmary, Bangladesh After the flood, I lost my house for the sixth time because the river eroded. I sold my cattle and everything I had in order to rebuild my shelter last year. This year there was another devastating flood which destroyed my house again, and now staying here is another nightmare. I have no
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Fatema Begum

Fatema Begum Photo location: Voirob , Bangladesh I have no one. I am alone in this world now. For the last 10 years I have been living alone only remembering that day. For my one and only wrong decision, I lost my whole family in the horrifying 15 November Cyclone Sidr. I don’t know what I should call it – good luck or bad
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Parvin Akter

Parvin Akter Photo location:  Ashuganj, Bangladesh We have been born with the fate of uncertainty. Every year we live, we live with the power of our fate. As each year passes by and we count ourselves fortunate; we count each new breath as good luck. The year of Cyclone Aila in 2009 was the curse of my life. We lost the only tree over our head. I
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Nurjahan Begum

Nurjahan Begum Photo location: Narayanganj, Bangladesh When danger comes, it comes in every conceivable way. Who would have thought that we would have to work here in this dirty dump yard? Fate has dragged me here. I am from a respectable family. Women of our family never used to work outside of the home ever. Now I work here with my whole family. After cyclone Sidr, we were trying
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  Arif Photo location: Dhaka, Bangladesh For the last five years I have been working in this factory with my father. There is a lot of noise, and a lot of chemicals and dust that makes my work very difficult. It’s a kind of hell full of loud disturbing sounds, fiery heat and clouds of toxic dust. But this is the only work we have in this area.
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Ruby Begum

Ruby Begum Photo location: Dhaka, Bangladesh I have always known that ‘water is life’ but this water has been killing us for the last 10 years. This water never gives us any peace. I am from a coastal village. We moved here because of yearly river erosion. If there is a fire in your house, only the house gets burned; the land remains.  But when
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Rohomot Ali

Rohomot Ali Photo location: Dhaka, Bangladesh My wife is probably not going to live much longer and I am a helpless and unable to do anything for her. I had to leave the woman with whom I have been living for 50 years alone in that dead drought place. I came here to earn money so that I can send some money to feed
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In 2015, governments of the world committed to a ground-breaking approach to sustainable development that recognised the transformative potential of connecting social, environmental and economic goals. Now more than two years into the implementation of this agenda, how far have governments actually moved in ensuring these aspirations are achieved? As we approach the High Level
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Toward an Accountability Revolution? Citizen Participation and the SDGs

  • 10th January 2018
  • Citizen participation, Monitoring & Accountability, SDGs,
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Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be achieved without significant public awareness and engagement. It is citizens who will hold governments accountable to the promises they made in 2015, and we need to find innovative ways of raising public pressure to deliver a more just and sustainable world by
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