According to Mokit Billah from Bangladesh, his study provided him with the right knowledge and skills for his job. Following the specialization ‘Sociology of Development’, he took courses and did a thesis research with disaster studies. He now monitors projects focusing on disaster-affected areas.
“After graduation, I returned to my former employer ActionAid Bangladesh. After three years, I started working at the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) field office in Bangladesh as a Programme Officer. The EU is the world’s biggest donor of humanitarian aid. ECHO coordinates all efforts for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response.
In my job, I manage, coordinate and analyze proposals submitted by different European NGOs, I assess the local situation after any disaster in Bangladesh, monitor projects, analyse different reports submitted by partners and provide feedback and follow-up on project action plans. In addition, I help disaster-affected and vulnerable communities (including climate refugees) to restore and rebuild their lives and livelihoods, focusing on diverse aspects: agriculture, water, sanitation, livelihoods, shelter, refugees, children, gender, ethnic populations etc.
Thanks to my master I am confident enough to do work in any part of the globe, I made friends and studied with students from all over the world. This has enabled me to work in a multi-cultural environment”.