Memorandum of Understanding between University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Action on Disability and Development (ADD) International Bangladesh was signed on October 12 2015 at ULAB, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Professor Imran Rahman, vice chancellor of ULAB and Shafiqul Islam, country director of ADD International Bangladesh signed the MoU on behalf of the respective party. ULAB is devoted to liberal arts education, interdisciplinary research, producing and disseminating knowledge, engaging in collaborative research with universities and research centres, and organising action to promote the greening of Bangladesh. “Sustainable development” is a core value of ULAB. With this in mind, ULAB established the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), a research centre pertaining to sustainability.
Action on Disability and Development (ADD) Bangladesh, established in 1985 registered with UK Charity and with NGO Affairs Bureau of Bangladesh, has been working in Bangladesh since 1986 to “achieve positive and lasting change in the lives of disabled people especially those living in poverty.” The purpose of this partnership is to establish cooperation and agreement between ULAB and ADD International Bangladesh for collaboration and mutual support between the two organisations work on issues of disability and sustainable development. The parties agreed to work together in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh and to promote sustainable development practices among persons with disabilities. Both organisations will find a way to address issues that plague people with disability, sustainable use of resources, and building capacity for diversified livelihoods. Both parties also agreed to exchange technical expertise on the issue of disability and sustainable development with each other.
Among others Juditha Ohlmacher, Professor Hamidul Huq, Lt Col Foyzul Islam, Nasima Khandker of ULAB and Abdus Salam Miah of ADD were present during the MoU signing ceremony.