For a world of Freedom. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. Established in 1958 at Germany, we now have offices in more than 50 countries all across the globe. FNF Bangladesh provide civic eduction on liberal principles with activities on Free Market Economy, Good Governance and Digital Transformation. We are working for freedom in Bangladesh since 2012, registered under the Bangladesh NGO Affairs Bureau.
In Bangladesh, “Infodemic” is more Dangerous and Worrying than the Coronavirus Pandemic
The first three known cases of COVID-19 were reported in Bangladesh on 8 March 2020 by IEDCR. Referring to the spread of fake news around the coronavirus, the Director General of WHO used the term “Infodemic”. Thanks to the massive usage of Internet, smart phones and social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp, misinformation and fake news related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 is more viral than the virus itself.
Centralized Policies, Delayed Actions and a Pandemic
As months pass by since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, slowly but surely, the world is learning that this is not solely a healthcare crisis. The crisis has cast doubt on the priorities of governments vis-à-vis an unseen enemy. An enemy which has brought to the fore the dissimilarities in the actions of different polities all over the world in facing the challenge. While some countries adopted prompt preventive and mitigative measures to flatten the endemic curve, others failed to act timely.
Fostering Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh
Change is constant. Freedom means change, and there is no better time to change than now. Sticking to the same values and dedication towards freedom, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is reconstructing its strategy across the globe to fine-tune its messages and reinforce its campaign for freedom, amid threats to liberal values. FNF identifies itself as a creative innovative platform, because innovation is the most liberal response to change.
Deadly Traffic Sparks Unrest
On July 29, a speeding bus killed two students on their way to school in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The deadly accident sparked mass protests with students demanding more safety on the roads from the authorities. In a country where fatal road collisions are quite common, the students’ death could have passed as an everyday occurrence. But this time it triggered widespread anger on social media, a wave of student protests and a brutal crackdown by the authorities.
Explosive Online Growth
With the advent of fast 4G internet connections, online business in Bangladesh is booming. With 40% of Bangladesh’s population of 165 million now online, digital businesses are growing much faster than the rest of the economy. Presently, some 50,000 Bangladeshis earn their money with e-Commerce. According to expert projections, this number will hit the one million-mark in the next ten years.
Connecting e-Commerce Stakeholders
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized a workshop on the state of e-commerce in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Supported by the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF South Asia), the workshop aimed at bringing together the most important stakeholders of online business in Bangladesh and discuss the prospects of regional, cross border cooperation.
We all need more freedom
Dhaka office of FNF organized a program for friends and partners to celebrate the Foundation’s 60 year anniversary. Titled “60 Years for Freedom! Promoting Liberalism for a better society”, partners and friends, members of the German expat community and foremost alumni of the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) joined the festivity and shared stories and advice on how to strengthen the liberal network in Bangladesh.