Overview of PARIBARTAN-Khulna:
“PARIBARTAN-Khulna” evolved through three distinct phases of development process:
1st Phase: Learning and Experience from Commercial Shrimp Farming. The learning’s were
- Impact of Shrimp farming on environment and coastal livelihood options of the resource poor coastal community.
- Unplanned shrimp farming led to gross violation of human rights.
- Erosion of livelihood options caused massive depletion of Sundarban bio-diversity.
2nd Phase: Formation of a Development Organization. All these learning and experiences led to conceptual transformation on the part of the organizers and formation of a development organization. The organization has been step by step attaining affluence but clear shifting of commitment towards the neglected section that bewildered the committed section. Soon they realized that all the efforts will be futile if not ideological attainment and community interests are addressed.
3rd Phase: Emergence of “PARIBARTAN-Khulna” Ultimately the committed section decided to come out and form a new value-based development organization to defend basic rights and livelihood security of the SRF dependent resource-poor coastal community. And thus “Paribartan” which means change or transformation came into being. “PARIBARTAN-Khulna” as a development organization of the 21st century marks of a clear shift from a narrow self approach to a value based development approach.
PARIBARTAN-KHULNA proclaims a clear mandate for ‘Change’:
- Change in values and organizational philosophy.
- Change in resource management system
- Change in existing service-delivery system
- Change in commercial ventures and market linkage.
Nature is not responsible for poverty and human miseries – rather human beings abuse the nature that is generally deemed as the vindication of nature. Balanced interaction is the only path way for sustainability.
- Transparency and Integrity in individual and collective life.
- Confidence in people’s strength and creative potential.
- Consider People as the target and motive force of all development.
- Poor people’s Right to development is the basic human right.
- Mankind is not master of nature but a vital link of the ecological chain.
- Respect for peoples sentiment and cultural values.
- Indigenous knowledge and local resources build up foundation for sustainable developmen.
- Sustainable Coastal Resource Management.
- Livelihood Security of the Vulnerable Community.
- Integrating disaster management with community Development.
- Building up ‘PARIBARTAN-Khulna” as a pro-poor development organization of the 21st century.
- Securing Human Rights and good governance.
- Community adaptation to adverse impact of climate change.
“PARIBARTAN-Khulna” follows a three-tire democratic management system in organizational governance. These are:
- General Body.
- Executive Body.
- Project Management Committee.
- Resource-poor SRF dependent Community like Jele, Moual, Bawali and Women headed house-holds.
- Landless poor and marginal farmers, victims of occupational displacement.
- Ethnic and outcaste community.
- Disabled people, specially women and children
- Religious minority’s victims of communal discrimination.
- Victims of Natural Disasters.
- Local Government.
- Sectoral Agencies, Public and Private Service Delivery Institutes including NGOs.
- Civil Society Organizations.
- Forest of Fisheries Department and other GO Offices.
- Law-Enforcing Agencies and Govt. Administration.