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  • 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.

  • 17 Nov 2013
    DRR for Narayanganj City Corporation formalized

    With its rapid economic development, Narayanganj city is becoming highly vulnerable to human induced and natural hazards, particularly earthquakes, fires and water logging etc. In 2011, with funds from UNDP BCPR, Early Recovery Facility (ERF) supported multi-hazard vulnerability atlas for Narayanganj Municipality.

  • 16 Nov 2013
    Workshop on digital Bangladesh for journalists

    A day long workshop on the different issues of digital Bangladesh for the journalists of Dhaka Division was held at Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) auditorium on 16 November. UNDP and USAID supported Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister's office with the help of Press Institute of Bangladesh organised this workshop. As many as 48 journalists from Dhaka and different districts of Dhaka Division participated the programme.

  • 11 Nov 2013
    LCG: Sharing the Common Development Aspiration

    There were both flashbacks and optimism at the plenary meeting of the Local Consultative Group this week at the NEC Conference Room in the capital. The coordinating body of the Government of Bangladesh and its Development Partners during its last congregation of the year 2013, was met with intense reflection on the past and thoughtful outlook for the future. And the mood was best caught in the words of the chief guest Mr. A M A Muhith, the GoB Finance Minister.

  • 10 Nov 2013
    JSF holds second PIC meeting

    The second project implementation committee (PIC) meeting of the Justice Sector Facility (JSF) Project was held on 10 November 2013 in the meeting room of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MoLJPA) to support and formulate high quality implementation strategy in order to attain Project mandates.

  • 09 Nov 2013
    Identifying innovation in public service

    A workshop to help identify innovation in public service delivery was arranged from 08 to 09 November at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management (BIAM) by the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister's Office. Identifying existing problems as well as the needs of innovation were also explored during the two-day long workshop.

  • 09 Nov 2013
    Sharing South-South judicial knowledge

    Recent developments in South-South cooperation have taken the form of increased volume of South-South trade, South-South flows of foreign direct investment, movements towards regional integration, technology transfers, sharing of solutions and experts, and other forms of exchanges. As part of South-South Cooperation, the Judicial Strengthening Project (JUST) provided access to the “Manupatra” Indian online legal database for the highest court judges.

  • 02 Nov 2013
    Workshop for core trainers held

    The Election Commission Bangladesh (ECB) will be required to train over 600,000 election workers for the upcoming 10th parliamentary elections. In preparation for this huge task, the Electoral Training Institute (ETI) of the ECB organized a workshop for Core Trainers on the 1-2 November 2013. This is the first in a series of cascade trainings expected in the coming months ahead of the next parliamentary polls.

  • 02 Nov 2013
    Workshop on REDD+ R-PP validation

    Around 120 participants from the government, NGOs, CSOs, academia, development partners, forest dependent, indigenous groups and media attended the workshop.

  • 31 Oct 2013
    Shaping the future of Social Protection

    Improved social protection figures highly in the Government’s 2021 agenda and the Sixth Five Year Plan. In line with that, the Cabinet decided to prepare the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) for Bangladesh.

  • 31 Oct 2013
    Holding government to its assurances

    “Even after 26 years in the public service I did not have a clear idea about the activities of the Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances. Ambiguity prevailed over the types and definition of government assurances. Today, I understand it better,” said an Additional Secretary working at the Ministry of Education at recent Workshop on the Guidelines for Government Assurance Monitoring.

  • 24 Oct 2013
    BPDC, VDP, CDMP II and Ansar sign MoU

    To build resilience against floods at the local level a tripartite MoU has been signed between Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre (BDPC), Bangladesh ANSAR and VDP, and the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP II).

  • 23 Oct 2013
    CBACC-CF wins international award

    The Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation (CBACC-CF) project in Bangladesh (Implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forest and funded by GEF/LDCF, SDC, Embassy of the Netherlands and UNDP) has received the “Runner Up” award for the “Solution Search: Adapting to a Changing Climate” contest sponsored by Rare and The Nature Conservancy.

  • 23 Oct 2013
    Widening fiscal facility grant competition

    Improved social protection figures highly in the Government’s 2021 agenda and the Sixth Five Year Plan. In line with that, the Cabinet decided to prepare the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS) for Bangladesh.

  • 17 Oct 2013
    Taking mediation to the masses

    Advocate Maya Bhowmic, General Secretary of Kishoreganj district Mahila Parisad, a women’s rights organization, was overwhelmed by the fact that for the first time ever she had the opportunity to interact with Justices of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

  • 13 Oct 2013
    International Day for Disaster Reduction Held

    A function for the International Day for Disaster Reduction was held on October 13, 2013 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center. Organized by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Social Welfare Minister Enamul Haque Mostafa Shaheed and UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Neal Walker spoke on the occasion as special guests.

  • 10 Oct 2013
    Parliamentarians for better healthcare

    The Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development (IPD) Project of UNDP as part of its envisaged outcome that Parliamentary committees are able to effectively scrutinize executive actions, review public policy and the expenditure of public funds and take parliament to the people provided support to the Committee to conduct the field visits and the public consultations.

  • 03 Oct 2013
    From inhalers to planet savers

    When an asthma patient is gasping for air, the last thing on their mind is probably the ozone layer but interestingly while their inhalers provide relief for them, its usage in a small way actually affects the whole world.

  • 03 Oct 2013
    Recognizing Slums in Bangladesh

    Approximately 40 million people in Bangladesh live in urban areas, out of which 21 per cent live below the poverty line. This means that more than eight million Bangladeshis live on less than USD 2 a day. Such poor urban households live in inadequate and insecure houses, often in unsanitary conditions and face difficulties in accessing employment, made worse by having little or no social protection. Further, they have limited access to adequate health services and education opportunities. With one of the highest urbanization rates in Asia, the situation continues to worsen for an increasing number of urban poor in Bangladesh. Despite this, urban poverty goes largely “unrecognized” in Bangladesh as the misperception that addressing it might result in increased migration to the cities still persists. The identity of Bangladeshi slum dwellers as rightful citizens is therefore continuously challenged.

  • 03 Oct 2013
    Benchmarking e-Governance progress

    A roundtable discussion titled "Benchmarking e-governance Progress: Indicators Matter" was arranged at Prime Minister's Office on 3 October. The programme was arranged under the Innovation Forum of UNDP and USAID supported Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister's Office. Total of 116 Chief Innovation Officers (CIO) and Innovation Officers (IO) of different Ministries and Directorates participated the discussion.