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Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust (WBB Trust)

Year(s) :  2007, 2008, 2009
Grant Recipient Type :  NGO / Nonprofit
Budget :  $589,124
Contact Name :  Akram Ul Uslam, The Union
Grantor :  International Union Against Tobacco and Lung Disease (The Union)/WLF
Project goal :  To foster greater collaboration between government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve tobacco control implementation.
Direct Grant :  No

The Union

Key achievement to date: The new District Tobacco Control Task Force Committees offer significant opportunities for NGOs to work with government and have contributed to strong law enforcement actions.

Objective 1: This grant supports MPOWER letter goals including E and R, to Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and to Raise taxes on tobacco.
Major accomplishments to date:

  • Tobacco advertising identified and removed throughout country.
  • Key government officials kept up-to-date with national Tobacco Control Law and their respective obligations, as well as of violations of the law.
  • Created forum for network members to report breaches of tobacco control law.
  • Attended workshops on tax issues organized by other BI grantees; organized campaign on tobacco taxes; organized seminars about tobacco control law implementation. Planned further taxation courses.
  • More than 1,000 copies of tobacco control law distributed together with stickers and guidance paper on how to implement law to government officials, NGOs, and journalists to increase their awareness of existing law and weaknesses within it. Information about law violations sent to journalists. Dissemination of tobacco control law continues to both NGO partners and other organizations.
  • Capacity of more than 100 local NGOs built to work with local government officials and business owners in tobacco control law enforcement; technical assistance provided through one-on-one coaching. Thousands of copies of materials distributed.
  • Information, training and guidance provided on law monitoring, creation of smoke-free places, and tobacco advertising bans.
  • National Workshop on Tobacco Control organized and attended by 120 different organizations.
  • Series of divisional workshops organized and hosted throughout the country.
  • Tobacco Control Taskforces initiated by government to oversee implementation of national tobacco control law. Taskforces created in five sub-districts and four districts.
  • Press conferences held, press releases issued, and media programs organized to publicize information around tobacco control law enforcement; media surveillance undertaken.
  • Experiences, successes and lessons learned disseminated among Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance membership.
  • Regular network meetings held; 20 network members attended BI leadership/management course.
  • Continue to monitor tobacco industry's advertisements and disseminate information on violations.
  • Information collected on economic situation of current and former tobacco farmers to provide base on which to advocate for alternative food crops policy or mechanism.
  • Briefing paper produced on "Tobacco or food crops, which is better for farmers and why?" and disseminated to local NGOs interested in working on tobacco farming issues.
  • Ten journalists visited tobacco farming area for media campaign on tobacco and development.
  • Organized tobacco and development workshop, attended by 18 network representatives.
  • Paper on "Addressing Tobacco and Poverty in Bangladesh: Research and Recommendations on Agriculture and Taxes" written and disseminated.
  • Attended and presented at regional tobacco control workshops and meetings.
  • WBB Trust materials and research reports disseminated to regional and international colleagues.
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