Over the last 20 years, Bangladesh has shown remarkable progress in social indicators. In order to make this herculean task contribution of NGO was significant. More than 80 national & international NGO’s are serving in Cox’s bazar with a view to improving the socio economic condition of the rural people. Key activities of the NGO’s are microcredit, health & sanitation, education. Main occupation of the people of this area is fishing & salt production. In case of education sector, Cox’s bazar is lagging behind. NGO’s are working for these targeted people to solve the above mentioned issues under the supervision of district administration.
In terms of the activities of NGO’s Cox’s bazar is quite different from the activities of NGO’s working in other districts. Documented & undocumented Myanmar nationals are living in Cox’s bazar & adjacent districts for 30 years. Around 0.5 million Myanmar nationals have been living in Cox’s bazar & adjacent districts of them 32 thousands are registered. This issue is very crucial for the government. Government of Bangladesh provides humanitarian support to these stateless ill-fated people with the help of national & international NGO’s. Many national and international NGO’s are working for the documented & undocumented Myanmar nationals in Kutopalong camp, Nayapara camp & adjacent areas. They provide food, health and sanitation services, education to these people.
District administration arranges NGO coordination meeting in every month to monitor the activities of NGO’s. There is also a NGO cell in DC office to look after the NGO activities & they submit report about their activities every month.
NGO’s are constantly exploring new areas of activities and social life, experimenting with new interventions. NGO’s, however, can contribute significantly for the improvement of socio economic condition of the people of this region if they work in co-operation with the government.