Prospective Chars: RDA Seminar on Sustainable Rural Development 

Entrepreneurial ecosystems
A day-long seminar was held on June 26 at the CIRDAP auditorium under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Co-operatives, Rural Development and Cooperative Division. Honorable Secretary of Rural Development and Co-operative Division Md. Mashiur Rahman NDC was present as the Chief Guest at the event. Mohammad Rashidul Islam, Additional Secretary; Dr. Humayra Sultana, Additional Secretary; and Khalil Ahmed, Director General (Additional Secretary), Rural Development Academy, Bogura, were special guests. Additional Secretary Chandan Kumar Dey presided over the function. Dr. Md. Abdul Majid, Project Director, M4C, presented the main article in the seminar. 

Mujibul Hasan Cezanne, Country Director, Swisscontact Bangladesh, and Utpal Kumar Dutta, Manager, Public Sector Engagement, Swisscontact Bangladesh, M4C, were among the guests. Heads of various organizations, representatives of various levels of ministry, and 6 beneficiaries of char were present among the special guests. Mr. Mujibul in his speech highlighted the contributions of the M4C project in collaboration with RDA bringing char dwellers into the mainstream development. Being a transitory catalyst, M4C is implementing commercially viable and scalable development initiatives that have pushed the frontier of market systems development in remote, inaccessible contexts. A successful partnership between public agencies and private sectors is the core element that will make the initiatives sustainable beyond the project lifecycle. Nations such as Nepal are now adapting agricultural development ideas designed by M4C. In addition to agriculture and livestock, M4C now aims to reduce vulnerability in energy, healthcare, and livelihoods of char dwellers.

All the speakers, including the seminar's chief guest, appreciated RDA's work in developing char. They called upon all the departments to work through the Char Development Research Center of the Rural Development Academy to speed up the activities of the char and sought the cooperation of all.

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