I am a second-year graduate student in Development Studies at York University. I previously worked for various international non-profit organizations and charitable organizations. I am currently writing a major research paper and examining the beneficiary accountability mechanisms practiced by local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Bangladesh and identify the good practices and challenges they encounter. Through my research, I will also critically examine the organizational structures and mechanisms currently in place for ensuring beneficiary accountability at the organizational level of local NGOs. As part of my research, I am also reviewing the provision of the state, donor bodies and self-regulatory accreditation mechanism that impact the governance of NGO activities.
I have previously worked for seven years in the international development sector and am very passionate about the dynamics of international development and the interaction of various actors in the international arena (government, non-government, civil society actors, INGOs, NGOs, etc.). The focus of my role has been resource mobilization and grant management across multi-disciplinary sectors such as digital literacy, modernization of public libraries, child protection and early childhood development. I regularly prospected new funding and partnership opportunities for various organizations and worked with a wide range of funders including corporations, foundations and government aid agencies. I helped impact-led organizations to grow by fundraising, designing programs and projects and working with decision-makers to make sure positive changes continue to happen.
Keywords: NGO management; NGO governance; beneficiary accountability mechanisms; Bangladesh