Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development

What is the project about?


Members of Parliament are engaging in consultations with citizens for a more transparent and accountable Bangladesh. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

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. In this context, the project focuses on:

  • Building an independent, capable and service oriented secretariat;
  • Enabling committees to effectively scrutinize executive actions, review public policy and the expenditure of public funds;
  • Ensuring that the Speaker and Members of Parliament have the necessary support and resources to effectively undertake their respective roles and responsibilities;
  • Building the capacity of the parliament to effectively engage with the people of Bangladesh.

What have we accomplished so far?

IPD has supported the development of the first-ever Secretariat Strategic Plan 2012-14 and the Annual Action Plan 2012-13, both of which were endorsed by the Parliament Speaker. 

 An international network of Parliamentarians for Climate Justice was established to support the most vulnerable countries to tackle the challenges of climate change through concrete advocacy, legislative and oversight actions of parliamentarians at national, regional, and international levels.

 IPD supported standing committees, such as the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Committee on Women and Children Affairs, as well as consultations on: water pollution and wetlands management in and around Dhaka city, ending violence against women and on the land registration system. The recommendations from those consultations were sent to the respective government agencies for action.

 A set of standard templates have been developed with guidelines for proper planning, reporting and documentation of parliamentary committees’ activities, thus increasing the transparency and consistency in public records maintenance.

 IPD, in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union supported the conduct of a study and the development of a policy brief on Gender Mainstreaming which will ensure that gender considerations feature in all the work of the Parliament.

 A skill retention survey of MPs, following an information and communication technology training, found that two-thirds of the respondent Parliamentarians applied what they learned from computer training courses. Among them, 33% of the respondents apply these skills frequently to perform their parliament work. 

Who finances it?



2012

Donor name

Amount contributed per year

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh

$814,181.00

2011

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh

 $500,000.00

2010

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh

$300,000.00

 

Delivery in previous fiscal years

December 2012

 $ 1,725,384.55

December 2011

 $ 1,038,747.23

December 2010

 $    154,218.11

Project Overview
Status
Active
Project start date
01 July, 2010
Estimated end date
30 June, 2014
Geographic coverage
National
Focus area
Democratic governance
Project officer
Rae-Ann Peart
Project coordinator
Mostafa Sohel Ahmad
Implementing Partner
Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat