Democratic Governance

  • Police Reform Programme Phase IIPolice Reform Programme Phase IIThe Police Reform Programme (PRP) is a comprehensive capacity building initiative to improve human security in Bangladesh. PRP works to support the transition of the Bangladesh Police from a colonial style police force to a more effective and service-oriented police organisation.

  • Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (Closed)Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (Closed)The Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) project is a five-year project being implemented jointly with the Election Commission of Bangladesh (ECB).

  • Judicial Strengthening (closed)Judicial Strengthening (closed)The Judicial Strengthening project, known as JUST, aims to improve access to justice, especially for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. JUST supports the Government of Bangladesh in implementing key changes to ensure rapid treatment of the cases brought to justice and creating friendlier spaces for justice seekers.

  • Bangladesh National Human Rights CommissionBangladesh National Human Rights CommissionThe National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh (NHRC) is an independent statutory body formed under the National Human Rights Commission Act 2009. The NHRC serves as the major national human rights watchdog, monitoring implementation of state obligations to respect protection and the fulfillment of the rights of every citizen of society.

  • Civil Service Change Management Programme (Closed)Civil Service Change Management Programme (Closed)The Civil Service Change Management Programme seeks to support and strengthen the Government of Bangladesh’s reform initiatives by providing on-demand assistance across the board to the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS).

  • Construction of Server Stations for the Electoral DatabaseConstruction of Server Stations for the Electoral DatabaseThe Construction of Server Stations for the Electoral Database (CSSED) project was implemented as a follow-up of the Preparation of the Electoral Roll with Photographs project, which aimed to create a complete biometric voter list for the 2008 national elections.

  • Union Parishad Governance ProjectUnion Parishad Governance ProjectThe Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) aims to support the government of Bangladesh in meeting the Millennium Development Goals through effective, inclusive, participatory and democratic local governance.

  • Upazila Governance ProjectUpazila Governance ProjectThe Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) is part of the programmatic framework of the UNDP and the United Nations Capital Development Fund to support the Government of Bangladesh’s local governance reforms. Upazilas (UZP) are Bangladesh’s second lowest tier of government.

  • Access to Information (ll)Access to Information (ll)From 2007 to 2011, UNDP supported the Access to Information (a2i) project to transform the public service delivery through a range of e-services, from simple SMS services on mobile phones to entire walk-in e-service centres that have been scaled up on a national level, catapulting Bangladesh into the digital age.

  • Strengthening Capacity for Aid Effectiveness in BangladeshStrengthening Capacity for Aid Effectiveness in BangladeshThe Aid Effectiveness Project (AEP) aims to strengthen the Government of Bangladesh’s capacity to manage effectively the information related to aid and the governments systems in order to improve its development results.

  • Activating Village Courts in BangladeshActivating Village Courts in BangladeshThe formal justice system in Bangladesh is overwhelmed by the demand for legal recourse. But for the vast majority of the population, the prohibitive costs of formal justice, coupled with a poor understanding of legal matters, means that access to justice is outside their reach.

  • Justice Sector FacilityJustice Sector FacilityPromotion and the protection of access to justice is a key priority for the Government of Bangladesh. But the justice sector faces several constraints in delivering timely, affordable and accessible justice. One of the barriers is the slow processing rate of cases and the accumulation of unprocessed cases. This backlog is placing considerable pressure on the sector and is hampering access to justice, whether it is due to too complex procedures, lack of effective case management between agencies, or outdated laws. A lack of coordination and cooperation between justice sector agencies, which are heavily interdependent upon one another, is another impediment in delivering justice efficiently.

  • Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development (closed)Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development (closed)The Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development (IPD) project is committed to strengthening the parliament to improve its legislative capacity, its oversight functions and its democratic practices through institutional and operational reforms.

  • Areas for Research, Engagement and National AgendasAreas for Research, Engagement and National AgendasAreas for Research, Engagement and National Agendas (ARENA) initiation plan aims to create a more conducive environment for stakeholders to participate in inclusive public policy dialogue about national on big society issues.

  • Promoting Aceess to Justice and Human Rights (closed)Promoting Aceess to Justice and Human Rights (closed)The project sought to build the capacity of the Law & Parliamentary Affairs Division (LPAD) of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MoLJPA) to build produce high quality legislation in a planned manner. This included strengthening the institutional capacity of LPAD to undertake prioritized, inclusive and higher quality legislative reform, as well as to provide advice on international treaties, conventions and international legal affairs.

  • Implementation of Digital ECNECImplementation of Digital ECNECThis project focuses on simplifying these processes with the introduction of ICT tools and is expected to reduce approval time significantly, improve responsiveness of development procedures and increase accuracy of ADP utilization data used for defining many macro level indicators and policy formulation.

  • Knowledge for Development ManagementThe K4DM Programme, a joint initiative of the GoB and UNDP Bangladesh is being undertaken in the context of the UNDAF Action Plan during the period 2014-16.


Since Bangladesh’s independence, the country has made significant progress in building and consolidating key institutions to safeguard its democracy and rule of law. Electoral-management bodies have been created, a National Human Rights Institution acts as a watchdog, and the government’s effectiveness is on the rise. The country continues to innovate and address, in a sustainable manner, the widespread issue of poverty and the impacts of climate change.

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Resident Coordinator Annual Report
Annual Report 2012

2012 was a crucial year for Bangladesh’s development process. The Government and development partners, including the UN,
initiated a final push in the achievement of the MDGs by 2015 deadline.


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