Art Camp organized in Bangladesh to recognize hidden poverty dimensions

A three-day-long Art Camp and dissemination session held in Bangladesh to recognize the findings of a research program titled “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty“. Mati Bangladesh NGO Organized the program in Huzurikanda, Sherpur from March 7-9 March 2021.

Along with 6 NGO workers and practitioners 9 Eminent Artist of Bangladesh participated in this Dissemination session and Art Camp. The Camp was curated by Famous Bangladeshi Artist Md. Dewan Mizan Rahman. The executive director of Mati Bangladesh Mr. Lenen Rahaman inaugurated the program.

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Artist Naima Haque, Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, Sanjib Das Apu, Kiriti Ranjan Biswas, Rashed Kamal Russell, Zakir Hossain Pulak, Md Dewan Mizanur Rahman, Polash Loha, Shibli Hawlader performed in the Art camp to express their imaginations and creativity about the found dimensions and characteristics. 9 Artists draw 9 National Dimensions found from the research held in Bangladesh. Mati Bangladesh Expressed their hope to exhibit this painting in different dissemination programs to be held in Bangladesh and overseas.

The Nine Dimensions which was focused in this Art Camp were the National dimensions found in Bangladesh. These are Unmet Basic Needs, Insufficient Money, Bad Governance, and Political and Social Instability, Ill Psychological and Physical State, Lack of Entrepreneurship and Employment Opportunities, Insufficient Transportation, Communication and Technology, Natural and Environmental Degradation, Drug Addiction and Over Population.

Along with the main merged dimensions 9 international merged dimensions and National, Children Dimensions were also described in the dissemination session.

This program was a part of a project called “Thinking, taking action & advocating with the poorest”, which is supported by ATD Fourth world and AFD – Agence Française de Développement. This project was designed to disseminate the gathered knowledge and findings from the research project “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty” which was a 3.5-year-long research project organized in 6 countries worldwide. Along with The USA, UK, French, Tanzania & Bolivia Bangladesh was also a country that took part in this research. This Research was led by ATD Fourth World and oxford university. Mati Bangladesh NGO was responsible to represent Bangladesh and Asia.

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Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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