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  • 22 Feb 2014
    Roadmap necessary for further reforms in case management

    As of January 31st, the number of criminal cases (criminal appeal, revision, miscellaneous and reference cases) pending in the High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court was 179, 046. From this, 401 were death reference cases. According to the recent Judicial Baseline Survey conducted by Judicial Strengthening (JUST), the number is also high in the lower court. The survey further revealed that 56 per cent of the disputes faced by the Court users in Dhaka, Kishoreganj and Rangamati is related to criminal offences.

  • 20 Feb 2014
    Effective judicial reforms require hard facts

    A civil case was filed in a Dhaka Court on November 30, 1998. The case was finally disposed on January 30, 2011, 12 years and two months after 104 dates of appearance including dates for pre-trial, trial and post-trial due to the existing adversarial trial system in Bangladesh. In a recent baseline survey of UNDP’s Judicial Strengthening Project, it was revealed that on an average the civil case disposal duration is 5.3 years and for criminal case is 3.7 years. The land or property related cases constitute the majority of civil cases (40.7 per cent).

  • 17 Feb 2014
    On the way to Human Development Television

    Human Development Television (HDTV) is an initiative of the UNDP supported Access to Information (a2i) programme for initiating television content targeting development outcomes, spanning the spectrum of skill development, public awareness and sensitization, learning (both child and adult) etc.

  • 13 Feb 2014
    From messenger to human rights ambassador

    Five years back, 15-year-old Rasel Hossain had to leave his studies to earn an income in Dhaka to support his family.

  • 08 Feb 2014
    Idea Camp to take service at fingertips

    To improve reach of service at people’s fingertips, Access to formation (a2i), Water Sanitation Project of World Bank and BASIS jointly arranged Idea Camp on February 8, 2014 at the BASIS Auditorium.

  • 06 Feb 2014
    Mapping the way forward for South-South

    Ever since the world came to recognize the inevitable rise of the once impoverished Asia and Latin America in the global trade and development setup, South-South has become a global buzzword.

  • 06 Feb 2014
    Making markets formalin-free

    Lipi Akter, 30, a mother of two kids, has adhered to an entirely modified motto for her family over the past few years: ‘No apple a day, keeps the doctor away’. Akter explains, ‘I can’t give poison to my kids. I am depriving them of necessary protein, but as a mother, I would not tolerate my kids swallowing poisonous substance.’ Akter is one of many frustrated mothers who have changed their diet due to the illegal formalin use on vegetables and fruits in the kitchen markets. She says: ‘Besides apple or any kind of seasonal fruits, I am scared of vegetables and meat too.’

  • 16 Jan 2014
    UZGP tackles upazila level poverty

    Manjuara Khatun’s nightmare started last year when her husband lost his legs in a sudden traffic road accident. The injury rendered him unable to work thus throwing her world upside down.

  • 09 Jan 2014
    Delivering health and saving lives

    Remote areas report show disproportionately higher rates of maternal death than urban areas

  • 31 Dec 2013
    UNRC shares disaster management ideas

    “Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries of the world due to a combination of several factors such as the Himalayans and Climate Change induced unpredictable river flows from the northern side, rising Bay of Bengal and salinity intrusion from the southern side, extremely dense population, and 50 million people living in poverty and another 20-30 million people are just above the poverty,” said Mr. Neal Walker, the UN Resident Coordinator during his visit to CDMP on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He was accompanied by Mr. Nick Beresford, CD a.i., UNDP; Mr. Tarik-ul-Islam, ACD, UNDP and Mr. Mohammad Sifayet Ullah, Programme Analyst, UNDP.

  • 30 Dec 2013
    a2i unveils new logo

    ​At a casual program arranged on 30 December, 2013 at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Access to Information (a2i) Program unveiled a new logo. Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar, Project Director of a2i and Director General (Administration),Prime Minister’s Office handed over the check of BDT- 1 Lakh for the logo design competition to the winner Jahir Uddin Zummon.

  • 30 Dec 2013
    Bangladesh’s role in the emerging South

    In March of last year, UNDP published its annual flagship publication ‘Human Development Report’ for the 2013 which was quite aptly was named “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World”.

  • 23 Dec 2013
    JUST to expand beyond pilot districts

    In addition to the project’s existing three pilot districts-Dhaka, Kishoreganj and Rangamati, JUST will be expanded in another three district locations in 2014 namely Rajshai, Rangpur and Commilla. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bangladesh as well as the chair of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) of Judicial Strengthening Project (JUST) Mr. Justice Md. Muzzammel Hossain announced this decision and approved it during the 3rd PSC meeting held on December 15 and December 23, 2013.

  • 19 Dec 2013
    A right to a toilet

    Dolly, who thinks she is 45 and has three daughters, used to worry about walking from her house to the nearest latrine. “We had to walk 25 minutes to go to the next latrine," she said "So I would not go nor would I let my daughters go at night. It was too far to walk in the dark and I did not want anything to happen to them. As long as it was dark, they had to hold it,” she said.

  • 19 Dec 2013
    Parliament Committee documentation processes reformed

    The Honourable Speaker to the Parliament of Bangladesh, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, on December 9, 2013 endorsed a number of Parliamentary Committee-specific Templates, the aim of which is to standardize the handling of documentation and records within the Parliamentary Standing Committees.

  • 13 Dec 2013
    Case management seminar held

    A day long Case Management Seminar was organized by Judicial Strengthening project (JUST) on 13 December 2013 with the participation of all the judges of the High Court and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The objective of the workshop was to share knowledge, experience and views about the case management mechanism of the High Court Division and Swat Analysis of its strengths and weakness with a view to identify the deficiencies and impediments.

  • 12 Dec 2013
    Towards Judicial Reforms in Bangladesh

    For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, the Judicial Strengthening Project (JUST) of UNDP placed the judicial reform agenda before the Supreme Court Special Committee for Judicial Reforms (SCSCJR) chaired by the Chief Justice. This is an unprecedented development as SCSCJR has also principally agreed to all the reform proposals on incremental basis.

  • 12 Dec 2013
    UPGP Trains 196 UP Secretaries and UISC Entrepreneurs on MIS

    The UNDP-supported Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) last month has provided a two-day training to 196 Union Parishad (UP) Secretaries and Union Information and Service Centre (UISC) entrepreneurs on Management Information System (MIS) in Brahmanbaria district.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    Bangladesh showcases sweeping public service reforms at global meet

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented UNDP calls for renewed efforts to end gender-based violence

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.