Democratic Governance

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.

Our Goals

UNDP’s support in these reforms has been instrumental and will continue to be so in the coming years. We work in tandem with the Government of Bangladesh through policy advisory, capacity development, and sharing of best practices. Major initiatives have been undertaken to improve the government’s ability to engage with its citizens and serve the public efficiently, with a crosscutting focus on women, children and underprivileged groups. UNDP also maintains a strong relationship with civil society organizations such as NGOs, academia, community leaders and the media. We seek to build a strong counterbalance to preserve stability, democracy, and people’s confidence in their government’s institutions.more

Democratic Governance

From partnering with the government in registering more than 81 million voters to developing innovations that ensures public services to millions of people, UNDP has a longstanding record of successful governance programmes in Bangladesh. Photo: UNDP Bangladeshmore

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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