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2013

Survey on Patterns of Activities for Comprehensive Explorations (SPACE) of Mobile Phone Users in Dhaka for The University of Tokyo, Japan

The Survey conducted under an agreement with Shibasaki Laboratory, The University of Tokyo in October 2013. The assignment aims to carrying out household and community surveys to gather information on general demographic attributes, mobile phone ownership and calling behavior of the mobile phone users in Dhaka. Besides, the assignment also hands over the duty to roll up supplementary data to profile mobile phone users, which support to do sampling and to link between behavioral patterns and calling behavior extracted from Call Detail Record (CDR) and GPS data.

Mass Media Campaign for Tobacco Control

The campaign run under a contract with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) followed by the recently passed ‘Smoking and Tobacco Product Usage (Control) (Amendment) Act 2013’ in Bangladesh at aiming to inform government officials and policymakers about selected components of the law amendment and urge them to move forward with plans to implement the components on schedule. The Media Campaign has been successfully completed through airing of 3 produced TVCs in 5 popular TV channels (ATN Bangla, BanglaVision, Desh TV, Ekattor TV, and Independent TV) and 1 radio (ABC Radio), in total 1500 times (03 TVCs, each of 30 seconds). Before the campaign, a substantial number of posters on three TVCs were printed and disseminated across the country, and a grand rally was held in the launching day in participation of the other tobacco control organizations in Dhaka.

Death Clock Campaign in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, around 57,000 people die from tobacco-related diseases annually, i.e. tobacco kills 156 people in a day. The Cabinet has approved the draft of the amended tobacco control act of 2012 in principle in 27 Aug, 2012. Thousands of people have already died after the Cabinet approved the draft. The `Death Clock’, set on a billboard in the form of a digital clock, is displaying the number of deaths due to tobacco use with a view to draw greater attention of the policy makers and to create stronger public supports for the urgency of passing the amended tobacco control law. The ‘Death Clock’ campaign unwrapped by the Information Minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, on 5 January 2013 at Bijoy Sarani crossing (opposite to Novo Theatre), Dhaka.

The Death Clock Campaign is supported by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK).

2012

Mass Media Campaign-2012 for Tobacco Control

The media campaign aimed at supporting the passage of tobacco control law amendment in Bangladesh particularly at the very crucial stage of final decision by the Cabinet through delivering appropriate messages in a number popular media of the country. The campaign will try to draw attention of the policy makers to the urgency and importance of the law amendment, and to create public support for law amendment. The campaign will consist of a roundtable with the leading daily newspaper of the country, few reports coupled with talk shows in a number of TV channels, broadcast of TV spots made on the need for law amendment and broadcast of video documentary on industry interference to weaken the process of law amendment.

The mass media activities will be further complemented by earned media efforts through ATMA members who are mobilized through the ongoing earned media project. ATMA has been developing over the past year and is growing towards becoming a strong, credible and self-sustaining body.

The Mass Media Campaign-2012 for Tobacco Control is supported by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK).

RDRS Core Comprehensive Program Evaluation

The assignment of evaluating RDRS Core Comprehensive Programme is being conducted by PROGGA. The assignment aims to evaluate the Core Comprehensive Programme of RDRS in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, impact and coherence. RDRS Core Comprehensive Programme encompasses a wide range of activities with the goal of achieving positive changes in the lives of the poor and disadvantaged and their community as a whole through a process of empowerment in northern Bangladesh.

Up-gradation of DRR Media Toolkit and orientation to media personnel for NARRI

The assignment conducted under an agreement with Concern Universal and Concern Worldwide (on behalf of NARRI Consortium member-National Initiative for Risk Reduction and Response Initiative) in February 2012. The assignment aims at reviewing and upgrading the existing DRR media toolkit, organizes orientation for selected media personnel on the toolkit through workshops and field visits.

Baseline survey of the project “Creating Climate Resilient Communities: Bangladesh Lighthouse Project” for CCDB

The assignment conducted under an agreement with CCDB in February 2012. Under the consultancy, a baseline database developed for the targeted household of “Creating Climate Resilient Communities: Bangladesh Lighthouse Project” along with the preparation of a baseline report.

2011

Paid Media Campaign for Tobacco Control

The campaign run under a contract with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) aimed to strengthen the on-going advocacy for tobacco control law amendment through greater involvement of the media and to involve the policy makers in the discussion on tobacco control law amendment passage in Bangladesh. The Media Campaign has been successfully completed through airing of 9 TV talk shows and 452 TV spots in total (04 spots, each of 30 seconds) that started on 14 September and ended on 10 October 2011. In the nine TV talk shows, 6 Cabinet members (Ministers and State Ministers), one Member of Parliament (MP), the Secretary of Ministry of Health and the Program Manager for Tobacco Control attended as main discussants. Each of the talk shows was attended by one more discussant representing the tobacco control community.

Mapping Illicit Tobacco Trade in Bangladesh

The study funded by World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at sketching illicit tobacco trade in Bangladesh with analysis of strategies and implications. PROGGA, knowledge for progress, and Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) jointly completed the study in April 2011.

Baseline Survey of Green Hill (GH)

The project was the outcome of a contract between Green Hill and PROGGA in July 2011. As per the contract, PROGGA will conduct a Baseline Survey in order to sketch the baseline situation of the project PROGGATI (Promoting Good Governance among Tribal Inhabitants in Bangladesh).

Baseline Survey and Need Assessment Survey of Children Development Program (CDP)

The project aimed at conducting a Baseline Survey and a feasibility study for CDP and was conducted under a contract between CDP and PROGGA in March 2011.

Impact Study of Disaster Management Program of KOINONIA in Borguna

This project was conducted under a TOR between PROGGA and KOINONIA in May 2011. According to the TOR, PROGGA provided technical supports to conduct an impact study of a community based cyclone shelter, crop diversification and DMP training of KOINONIA in Borguna district.

Study on Urban Water Supply and Sanitation of DPHE

Under a contract between PROGGA and DPHE in May 2011, PROGGA provided technical supports to DPHE to prepare a factsheet on Urban Water Supply and Sanitation.

National Biogas Survey 2010

The project was conducted under a MoU between PROGGA and International Development Enterprise Bangladesh (IDE-B) in June 2011. Under the MoU, PROGGA conducted the survey across the country. The survey was finished in August 2011.

2010

Baseline Survey for Food Security Program of KOINONIA in Gopalganj

This baseline survey was conducted in 2010 under a long term MoU between KOINONIA and PROGGA. Under the MoU, PROGGA will provide different technical supports (e.g. research, evaluation and training) for the Food Security Program of KOINONIA being implemented in Gapalganj district.

Final Evaluation of Amader Adhikar Project of Shushilan in Satkhira

This evaluation was conducted in 2010 for Shusilon. The Amader Adhikar project was implemented over 3 years in Satkhira district as a follow-up of a 5-year project on livelihood security. The project is commissioned by Concern Worldwide. PROGGA was conducted the final evaluation of the project and presented the final report to the client.

Training Program for the Rohingya Refugees and the Staff of Islamic Relief in Teknaf

PROGGA has successfully conducted this large training program in February 2010 in Teknaf. It was a package of 5 trainings covering a total of 660 participants including the Rohingya Refugees and the staff of Islamic Relief Bangladesh.

Technical Assistance for Communication to Kumudini Welfare Trust

PROGGA provided technical assistance to the Kumudinin Welfare Trust for its participation at the India Trade Fair 2010 held at the Hotel Sheraton in February 2010. The services included development of communication materials for the Trust, including printed and audio-visual materials, and providing creative advices on presentation of the activities of the Trust at the Fair.

Training on Partnership Management for the Staff of USC-Canada Bangladesh

PROGGA was successfully conducted this five-day training program in February 2010 in Kuakata. All the staff members of USC Canada Bangladesh (USCCB) were participated in the training program.

Study on Hygiene and Sanitation

This study was carried out in 2010 for SHIREE, the extreme poverty challenge fund of DFID, and tried to explore the relationship between poverty reduction and hygiene and sanitation practices.

Technical Assistance for Communication to FHRC

The Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC), a project of the Middlesex University, is working though Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Bangladesh on floodplain management. PROGGA provided technical assistance to FHRC for the international conference arranged in March 2010 for presenting its activities all over the country. PROGGA’s services included development of communication materials and advices on presentation of the activities of FHRC.

Observing World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2010

PROGGA commenced a package of activities around the World No Tobacco Day 2010 in May 2010. The package of activities supported by CTFK included a Planning Workshop for selected tobacco control organizations, Roundtable with women led organisations and a Human Chain focused on the theme of ‘Women and Tobacco’. On the important occasion, PROGGA also prepared a short documentary and a factsheet on the theme of the year and these two tools were used widely by the TC organisations to do advocacy on Tobacco Control in Bangladesh.

Documentary on Harijans (Untouchables) Community in Pabna

PROGGA prepared the documentary at the end of 2010 based on life and works of Harijans lived in Pabna. The documentary was screened on the occasion of World Extreme Poverty Day 2010, arranged by SHREE, DFID.

2009

Dissemination and Utilization of GATS Bangladesh Data 2009

PROGGA undertook a package of activities around the official release of Bangladesh country report of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2009. While the official release of the survey was a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) of the Government of Bangladesh and the World Health Organization (WHO), the PROGGA initiative was focused on wider communication of the GATS finding through the media and utilization of the GATS data by the tobacco control NGOs. The package of activities supported by CTFK included a TV talk in the popular ‘Road to Democracy’ show on RTV, a special report on prime-time news of Desh TV and a Training Workshop for selected tobacco control organizations on Effective Utilization of GATS Data for Tobacco Control Advocacy in Bangladesh.

Training of NGOs on Smoke Free Advocacy

PROGGA organized the training for NGOs on Smoke Free Advocacy jointly with YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) in Chittagong to build the capacity of the NGOs implementing projects on Smoke Free Environments in different regions of the country. The training program held in November 2009 and that was sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco Free kids (CTFK).

2008

Study of Federations

This study was conducted in 2008 for RDRS and tried to document the emergence and development of community based organizations called Federations in the northwest Bangladesh facilitated by RDRS. The study was commissioned by RDRS.

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