Projects

Can Bangladesh become a welfare state

17 Jul 2017 by Göran Jonsson, Sr. Programme Adviser, UNDP Bangladesh

The National Social Security Strategy approved by the Cabinet in 2015 points to a strong political commitment of Bangladesh to become a welfare state. The welfare state has potential to provide economic security, advance opportunities and ensure wellbeing for all and should, therefore, be of shared interest to citizens of different walks of life. Welfare states come in different shapes, determined foremost by whether universal or selective policies are chosen. However, common to all is that the State as a provider of social security assumes responsibility for guaranteeing a minimum level of welfare to its citizens. This happens to be the majority view in Bangladesh and it is also a mandate of the state as laid down in the country’s Constitution. Poverty reduction has become a unifying moral issue in political discourse and culture. These are good starting points. A welfare state is based on principles of public responsibility for those falling behind, with certain demands on scope and quality of the social security system. Setting standards for what it would take for Bangladesh to become a welfare state, the Core Diagnostic Instrument (CODI), recently developed by a consortium of global development agencies to assess effectiveness of national social security systems, … Read more

New project launched to reduce climate vulnerabilities of coastal communities

22 Mar 2017 by Arif M. Faisal, Programme Specialist, UNDP Bangladesh , Mohammed Muzammel Hoque, Project Manager, ICBA-AF-RF Project and Md. Kabir Hossain, Communication Officer, ICBA-AF-RF Project

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Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. The country is frequently subjected to cyclones, floods, and storm surges due to the adverse impact of climate change. Coastal mangroves are playing significant role in protecting the life and livelihoods of the millions of vulnerable coastal populations from climate induced extreme weather events.  Through this project, over 650 ha of mangroves will be planted, 112 ha of Fish-Fruit-Forest model will be demonstrated and about 60,000 climate vulnerable poor people will be benefitted through diversified climate resilient livelihoods options in five highly climate vulnerable coastal districts. … Read more

Bangladesh Forest Department, UNDP and FAO jointly observed International Day of Forest

20 Mar 2017

Hon'ble Environment and Forests Minister Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju and Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee Speaks in the occasion
Under the auspices of UN-REDD Bangladesh National Programme, the Bangladesh Forest Department, UNDP and FAO jointly organized a half-day workshop on 21 March 2017 at Forest Department, Dhaka to observe the ‘International Day of Forests’. The meeting was chaired by the Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Mohammed Shafiul Alam Chowdhury. Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) was present as the Chief Guest. Honorable Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Forests Mr. Abdullah Al Islam Jakob and Mr. Istiaque Ahmed, Secretary, MoEF were present as the Special Guests. Among others, Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh and Ms. Dr. Sue Lautze, FAO Representative in Bangladesh were present as the Guests of Honour. This year the theme "Forests and Energy" highlights the role of forests in providing bioenergy to the poor people, contributing sustainable development and mitigating climate change. Mr. Sudipto in his speech advocated for investing in land use plan that considers proper use of agricultural land and scarce forests resources for cultivation of biomass plants to ensure both energy and food security. … Read more

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

05 Nov 2016

View of restored mangrove forest from the same watchtower
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 concerns for the countries in the tropic. Bangladesh supports the world’s largest single tract of mangrove forest. The total coverage of mangrove forest is 4.07% of the country’s land area. Bangladesh has years of experience of mangrove restoration. The area of planted mangrove in the country is more than 190,000 ha. The country has also been successful in applying community based conservation and management of mangrove forests. … Read more

What Works for the Urban Poor?

03 Oct 2016

The Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR), one of the largest urban development programmes in the world, helped nearly three million people improve their livelihoods and living conditions in just 7 years between 2008 and 2015 in cities and towns of Bangladesh. This article highlights best practices of UPPR and explores the challenges of reducing urban poverty. Urban poverty has been left off the development agenda in Bangladesh, and the UPPR experience can show in practical ways how to bring it back to centre. … Read more

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