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.
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
UNDP has a longstanding record of promoting successful governance reform in Bangladesh. Photo: UNDP Bangladeshmore
Projects and Initiatives
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
The 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.more