Digital Khichuri Challenge 28-30 October 2017
Digital Khichuri Challenge 28-30 October 2017

Bangladesh is widely known to be a repository of cultural diversity, be it ethnicity, religion, language, food, sport or music. But there are also barriers in upholding the spirit of pluralism and tolerance. Digital Khichuri is a platform of youth to find out those problems and come up with practical and innovative solutions. It is a unique creative competition organised by UNDP Bangladesh and supported by Facebook, Microsoft and Bangladesh ICT Division in order to promote peace and the cultural diversity.

Not leaving anyone behind  “Hijra Lives in Bangladesh”
Not leaving anyone behind “Hijra Lives in Bangladesh”

Dhaka, 28 September 2017 – More than half of the third gender population experience violence, discrimination and abandonment or sexual assault and abuse at early age in their natural families. This was said today at a panel discussion following a launch of a photo-book ”Leaving no one behind: Hijra Lives in Bangladesh”, in BICC, Dhaka.

BLOG | Built back better - from flood affected to flood resilient

When threats loom, portable houses you can break down quickly, carry away and reassemble later offer a way to cut losses

Better deal for farmers in Bangladesh
Better deal for farmers in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21 September 2017 – Currently in Bangladesh, small farmers are not integrated with the local market and are not receiving fair prices. Over 75% of them live on less than $2 per day. By 2025, there will be 130 million of them if they do not have access to market.

Bank Asia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly support easier access to social safety net payments through digital financial inclusion
Bank Asia and UNDP innovate together for social safety net payments

Dhaka, 23 July 2017 – “In the continuous efforts to reach Bangladesh’s development goals within the Agenda 2030 and the 7th Five-Year Plan, involvement of all sectors, especially the private sector is essential,” said Sudipto Mukerjee, UNDP Bangladesh Country Director.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised "Climate Protection and Development: Budget Report, 2017-18" prepared by UNDP's IBFCR project

Within the Parliamentary general discussion session on 28 June 2017, Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised Ministry of Finance for focusing on the prospective adverse effects of climate change in Bangladesh and giving a guideline for financing the projects against the threat.

FILM | THIRTY MILLION

Thirty Million People. A statistic. But this statistic is made up of individuals. Bangladesh is often described as the most vulnerable country on the planet in the face of a changing climate. Find out why.

Young people strengthen commitment to achieve SDGs

Dhaka, 12 August 2017 – “At the moment, statistics show that approximately over 50 million people in Bangladesh are between the ages 15-35, which is around 40 per cent of the total population. This number of young and perspective people have massive potential to contribute as partners and leaders in development, innovation, and social change,” said Sudipto Mukerjee, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh Country Director, today during the celebration of the International Youth Day in Krishibid Institute in Dhaka. Over 1,000 young people from Dhaka and other cities, have gathered today to mark 12 August as the International Youth Day, which is widely celebrated in most of the countries throughout the world.

BLOG | How to move on from disaster risk - literally

When threats loom, portable houses you can break down quickly, carry away and reassemble later offer a way to cut losses

UNDP and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry to boost Public Private Innovation

Dhaka, 8 August 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch a project which will facilitate larger involvement of the Private Sector in development initiatives while boosting corporate results and return on investment. The MOU, signed by Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh, and Mr. Abul Kasem Khan, President of DCCI, will create a platform to collect data on the current impact of Private Sector on sustainable development. Together, UNDP and DCCI will use the data to design new initiatives that simultaneously meet Bangladesh’s development priorities and corporate goals

UNDP and Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) to enhance the private sector’s strategic capacity for inclusive growth

Dhaka, 29 July 2017 – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enhance the private sector’s strategic management and professional capacity for inclusive growth. Mr. Salahuddin Kasem Khan, President of BEF and Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, the Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations. A number of senior officials from the UNDP and members of the BEF were present at the ceremony held on 29 July, 2017 at BEF office at Chamber Building,in Dhaka.

For development of CHT over 31 million US dollars

Dhaka, 9 July 2017 – The Government of Bangladesh reaffirmed its commitment to fully implement the Chittagong Hill Tract Peace Accord, 1997, by inaugurating a new project “Strengthening Inclusive Development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (SID-CHT)” that will be implemented with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with USAID and Danida. The new development project that will be implemented in the next five years is focusing on sustainable and inclusive development of the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Human Development Report 2016
Human Development Report 2016

The report shows that in almost every country, several groups face disadvantages that often overlap and reinforce each other, increasing vulnerability.

ERD started dialogue with eminent persons with support from UNDP

Dhaka, 4 June 2017 –Economic Relations Division (ERD) of the Ministry of Finance started dialogue with the eminent persons with the assistance of UNDP supported Knowledge for Development Management (K4DM) Project.

Climate Protection and Development: Budget Report 2017-18   

Dhaka, 1 June 2017 – Finance Minister AMA Muhit presented a report on ‘Climate Protection and Development: Budget Report, 2017-18’ while placing the National Budget for FY 2017-18 on 1st June 2017. Finance Division published this report with the assistance from a project “Inclusive Budgeting and Financing for Climate Resilience (IBFCR)”, being implemented by the Finance Division with technical and financial support from UNDP and DFID.

EVENT | Linking youth with SDGs: Goal-16: Peace, Justice and strong institutions

Stride Bangladesh, an organization working to connect youth with the concept of sustainable development goals, in collaboration with United Nations Development Program Bangladesh

Next-Generation Agreement Signed between ICT Division and UNDP

Dhaka, 26 April 2017 – A new partnership has been announced between the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Government of Bangladesh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed this morning between the two organizations at the Software Technology Park, Janata Tower, Dhaka.

Bangladesh Improves in Human Development Index  Ranks 139th out of 188 countries, fifth in South Asia
Bangladesh Improves in Human Development Index

Dhaka, 5 April 2017: Bangladesh moved up three spots and ranked 139th out of 188 countries in Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2015, says the Human Development Report (HDR) 2016 launched today (Wednesday, 5 April 2017) at NEC Conference Room, Planning Commission in Dhaka. As per HDR 2015, Bangladesh’s position was 142nd out of 188 countries.

Exploring Good Practices on Human Rights Advocacy and Applying Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA)

On 29-30 March 2017, UNDP’s Human Rights Programme (HRP), organized a workshop titled “Mapping of Human Rights Good Practices of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Applications of HRBA” at Daily Star Bhaban, Dhaka.

Bangladesh Peace Observatory Facility launched

Dhaka, 13 April 2017 – A new database platform “Bangladesh Peace Observatory Facility” (BPO) has been launched at an event today organized by the Centre for Genocide Studies of the University of Dhaka, at Hotel Radisson Blue.

Village Courts project continues in 1,080 unions thanks to the partnership between the European Union and GoB

Success of the Activating Village Courts project, which in the previous seven years provided access to justice to over seven (7) million people mainly in rural areas, have led to an increased interest of the domestic and international public and the continuation of the partnership between the Government of Bangladesh, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Sharing South-South Experience on Restoration and Management of Mangrove Ecosystem

Mangroves are lifeline of the coast. Mangrove forests can store more carbon than most other types of habitats on the planet. The monetary value of goods and services received from mangroves is not less than US $ 186 annually (WWF). However, degradation of mangrove forest and the resulting impacts are major...

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: Environmental and Social Management Plan for the Proposed Green Climate Fund Project

This Environmental and Social Management Plan has been prepared in support of a project proposal on “Enhancing Women and Girls Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in Bangladesh” by the Government of Bangladesh to the Green Climate Fund.

The New Urban Agenda: What our cities can be

The future is urban and nowhere is that more true than in Bangladesh. If current rates of urbanisation continue, the country's urban population will double by 2035. Around the Bay of Bengal, a mega city would join Dhaka to Chittagong, creating one of the world's largest conglomerations.

UNDP Bangladesh Launches First Crowdfunding Campaign

Late last year, the Global Crowdfunding Academy was launched. The Academy is a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia, UNDP Innovation Facility, and the UN Istanbul Regional Hub.

Social Good Summit Dhaka 2016

“What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”

UZGP launches ‘Red Card Campaign’ to combat early marriage, sexual harassment

The Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) is going to launch a school-level “Red Card Campaign” on Wednesday, 7 September 2016, aimed at raising awareness among school students, teachers, guardians and community people to fight against early marriage and sexual harassment.

EVENT | Calling All Youth! Are you ready for a Challenge?

Do you want to make a big difference? Calling all the youth across Bangladesh to form teams and compete in the Bangladesh’s first earthquake innovation challenge.

BLOG | Building Resilience, Constructing Lives

Like every other day, Abdur Rashid and his family went to bed early knowing they would have to be up again in a few hours, ready for work. But as he fell asleep to the sloshing of the rain accompanied by the occasional rumbling of thunder, a strange feeling of unease played at the back of his mind.

Meet Our Partners, Meet the People

It’s easy to lose hope sometimes, especially in the world we live in today. A world where man kills man over God and a world where children turn terrorists to fight oppression, appears to be the world that generations have painstakingly chiseled away at to build over centuries.

BLOG | Cyclone Roanu is a reminder: we must focus on preventing crises, even as we respond to them

As leaders gather for the World Humanitarian Summit, we have an historic opportunity and renewed momentum to meet these global challenges by fundamentally changing how the world deals with crises.

Bangladesh wins WSIS Award Third time in a row
Bangladesh wins WSIS Award Third time in a row

For the third consecutive year, Bangladesh has won the world’s most prestigious award for excellence in information technology - the “World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)” award – for innovative initiatives of Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office supported by UNDP &...

National Cricket Team Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is Appointed UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Youth in Bangladesh

UNDP has appojnted Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Youth in Bangladesh. Currently, Mr. Mortaza is the captain of Bangladesh national cricket team for One Day International and Twenty-20. He will work closely with UNDP to advocate for youth employment in Bangladesh towards the...