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Building Local Capacity for Effective Partnerships

Event Details
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Save the Children's DC headquarters: 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 500

Please join Oxfam America, Save the Children, and Women Thrive Worldwide for a luncheon discussion featuring special guest from Bangladesh, Aroma Dutta, Executive Director of PRIP Trust.

Lunch will be provided. Please rsvp to by Thurs, May 31.

Development professionals have long valued partnership and local capacity building, and with USAID’s Implementation and Procurement Reform efforts to put local actors in the driver’s seat, US foreign aid is working more directly with local governments, businesses, and organizations to lead their own development. How does this partnership work on the ground? What are some of the opportunities in these direct relationships?

Oxfam America, Save the Children, and Women Thrive Worldwide invite you to join a conversation about direct partnerships for local capacity development with Ms. Aroma Dutta, an inspiring human rights activist, Executive Director of PRIP Trust, and Member of the National Human Rights Commission in Bangladesh.

PRIP Trust (which began as the Private Rural Initiatives Project) aims to build human and institutional capacity – of both civil society and government – to lead Bangladesh’s development. Having worked on both sides of the aid dollar, from researching with USAID in Bangladesh and leading a Pact project, to then overseeing its transformation to the prominent local NGO PRIP Trust, Ms. Dutta will share her perspectives on how the US can directly support local efforts to lead change on the ground. She will also share PRIP Trust’s own successes and challenges to strengthen local civil society and democratic institutions. Nora O’Connell of Save the Children will provide opening remarks and Gregory Adams of Oxfam America will moderate a conversation on ways that U.S. foreign aid can more effectively support local actors to take the lead in their development.