Democratic Governance

Effective governance is critical to ensuring that Bangladesh can make the most of its human potential. Bangladesh has made significant progress in promoting competent, effective institutions that respect fundamental human rights and the rule of law, but challenges remain. UNDP-supported initiatives, including a National Human Rights Commission, an expansive Village Courts system, a Justice Sector reform network, and National Government Assessment Framework continue to improve the quality and scope of government services. UNDP is a committed, impartial partner to government, civil society, community and academic organizations seeking to improve the transparency, accountability, and efficiency of Bangladeshi institutions.

Our Goals

UNDP supports a Bangladesh where everyone can openly, safely, and peacefully contribute to Bangladesh’s development story. This vision requires capable, inclusive, and rule-based governance institutions. UNDP works closely with the Government of Bangladesh to draft intelligent public policy, improve technical capacity, and introduce best practices that are responsive to the Bangladeshi context. Women, children, underprivileged and minority groups attract special attention and consideration in UNDP’s choice of projects and partnerships. UNDP also maintains an active and respectful relationship with civil society organizations, including local NGOs, academic, community and media institutions, recognizing that a healthy public discourse is essential to good governance.more

Democratic Governance

UNDP has a longstanding record of promoting successful governance reform in Bangladesh. Photo: UNDP Bangladeshmore

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Our Stories

Jahanara Begum's demand for compensation was rapidly dealt with through the village courts system. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

Justice for all

When Jahanara Begum’s sons stole mangoes from a neighbour’s garden, what should have been a petty incident of children’s mischief, escalated into a violent confrontation betweenmore 

Mr Ali speaking at the open budget session. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

A budget, of the people

Sitting under a mango tree on a sunny Saturday morning, the wrinkled face of Haider Ali brimmed with pride as a local government official addressed themore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Police Reform Programme Phase II

    The 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.more 

  • Access to Information (ll)

    To access government services and information, the rural poor traditionally have to travel long distances to sub-district (average distance 15 km) and even district (average distance 35 km) offices of the government, incurring high costs and time for travel, accommodation and foregone wages.more 

  • Union Parishad Governance Project

    The 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.more 

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