ICA Bangladesh and ICA Associates Canada exchange visits

The ICA Bangladesh team is excited to welcome and meet John Miller from ICA Associates Canada.  John is arriving in Dhaka on April 17th. He will teach ICA’s Technology of Participation (ToP) for the UN OPS in Dhaka.  ICA Bangladesh team is planning to have a session on ToP taught by John on April 22nd.

Aziz participated in “At the heart of human rights is human dignity” conference held on March 21st- 22nd 2017 in Winnipeg, Canada. Different presentations included several cross-cutting contemporary issues like immigration, refugees, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, hate speech and racial bias against minorities including indigenous peoples. Aziz served at three Conversation Cafés as co-facilitator on Day 1 and at three Conversation Cafés as facilitator on Day 2.  Aziz used his facilitation skills at those events.

On March 25, Aziz attended the “Symposium on Resilience and Capacity Enhancement” held on March 25, 2017 in Winnipeg. He also presented a paper entitled “Contemporary Violence against Refugees and Implications for Resiliency, Empowerment, and Community building in Canada”.  Aziz had some conversations with individuals from the audience, including university profs, grad students, and NGO reps, and shared about ICA and partnership in the future.

Aziz had a conversation with the Executive Director, Ms. Janice Hamilton, of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) and discussed a possible partnership between MCIC and ICA Bangladesh. Aziz shared other interests and past projects of ICA Bangladesh, and Janice suggested the community solidarity fund for which ICA can apply with a Canadian partner. Aziz is attending an Orientation session for the Community Solidarity Fund on April at MCIC.

Aurangajeb and Shakawat facilitated a session with the Dhaka team, and had some brainstorming sessions for action planning for 2017. The Chandpur team, including Alam and Elias, visited the Ghoramara community, to discuss the ICA Ghoaramara Community School with the villagers.

This post was written for ICAI’s monthly bulletin the Global Buzz, April 2017.  The archive photo shows ICA Bangladesh ToP facilitation training in Ghoaramara in 2013.