News Center

Showing 41 - 60 of 196
  • 10 Apr 2014
    UZGP, UPGP attracts hundreds at Gender Fair

    Hundreds of enthusiastic visitors including university teachers, students, government officials, gender and women development activists, members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and NGOs flocked to the stall jointly set up by Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) and Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) in a Gender Fair in Begum Rokeya University campus in Rangpur on April 8-10, 2014.

  • 10 Apr 2014
    Digital Buses on Dhaka streets

    On April 10, 2014, the Communications Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated 10 Digital Buses on BRTC’s Motijheel-Uttara route at the Farmgate Bus Stand. State Minister for Post, ICT and Telecommunications ministry, Junaid Ahmed Palak, was also present at the launching of the initiative that was implemented with the technical support of Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office, funded by UNDP and USAID.

  • 10 Apr 2014
    Senior civil servants visit UNDP CO

    The Officers attending the BPATC 65th Senior Staff Course at Savar paid the UNDP Country Office a visit on April 10, 2014. The 45 day long 65th Senior Staff Course (SSC) began on March 23, 2014 with a total of 29 officials of which 27 are Joint Secretaries to the government while two officials are from the defence services of Bangladesh.

  • 27 Mar 2014
    Road to education and prosperity

    Unlike previous years, Rina Begum, 36, a mother of three kids, is not very worried about sending her kids to schools during the upcoming rainy season. The housewife from North Karuna village of Hosnabad Union under Betagi Upazila of Borguna district recalls, ‘Earlier, rainy season usually meant loss of school days. Rainfall during the four-month period made the roads connecting nearby villages to schools almost inaccessible. Children could hardly use these roads to get to school, leading to loss in school days.’

  • 13 Mar 2014
    Weaving a better future

    Nazma Begum (40), a poor woman from Pirganj upazila in Bangladesh, is now sure that her children will not go hungry and can continue their schooling. Earlier, struggling with sheer poverty, she was scrambling to find a work to maintain her six-member family, since her husband became bed-ridden due to a bone-related disease, two years ago.

  • 13 Mar 2014
    UNDP promotes better Court services through ICT tools

    The incorporation of ICT in Court system has significantly improved the overall service delivery at the Court. Due to the intervention of JUST, about 86 per cent of judges in the Court premises are now using ICT tools to prepare verdicts and provide inputs into cause list compared to just 20 per cent in 2012.

  • 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.

Contact UNDP in Bangladesh
Media Inquiries Phone: +88-02-8150088 Fax: +88-02-8113196