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  • 25 Sep 2013
    Service Innovation Fund awarded to 7 institutions

    For the first time in Bangladesh, Service Innovation Funds were awarded to 5 government institutions, 1 private NGO and 1 private university. The monetary award this year was given to the Department of Environment for ‘Online based service enhancement’, Soil Resource Development Institute for ‘Online fertilizer recommendation: automation of data processing and data updating’, Roads Division, Ministry of Communication for ‘Development of multimodal transport web portal with mobile interactivity, ‘Jiban Bima Corporation (JBC) for ‘JBC’s cell phone insurance claim payment service’, Young Power Social Action (YPSA) for ‘production of multimedia digital talking book’, Department of Livestock and Fisheries for ‘Service delivery of Department of Livestock and Fisheries through SMS’ and United International University for ‘Development of a bangla optical character recognizer (OCR)’.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    JUST holds second PIC meeting

    The second project implementation committee (PIC) meeting of the Judicial Strengthening Project (JUST) was held on 25 September 2013 in the Supreme Court to support and formulate high quality implementation strategy in order to attain Project mandates. Representatives of different Ministries of the Government of Bangladesh attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by the National Project Director of the Project, Mr. SM Kuddus Zaman.

  • 25 Sep 2013
    Monitoring UP functions stressed

    Participants at a day-long workshop stressed the need for more active participation of the people in monitoring the Union Parishad (UP) functions to make local government institutions (LGI) more democratic, transparent and accountable.

  • 24 Sep 2013
    Social Good Summit 2013 - The Dhaka Meetup

    The Social Good Summit is a global gathering that brings big ideas from all over the world to meet to share innovative solutions. Dhaka 2013 is all about everyday heroes of Bangladesh using whatever technology they have to change their communities.

  • 24 Sep 2013
    Innovation can unlock Bangladesh’s development challenges

    Speakers, discussants and participants at the second annual Social Good Summit agreed that ICT led innovation could unlock Bangladesh’s development challenges.

  • 24 Sep 2013
    Innovation can unlock Bangladesh’s development challenges

    Speakers, discussants and participants at the second annual Social Good Summit agreed that ICT led innovation could unlock Bangladesh’s development challenges.

  • 21 Sep 2013
    Village courts rewards UPs

    The Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (AVCB) Project has awarded 36 Union Parishads (UPs) for their outstanding performance in village courts on 21 September 2013 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka.

  • 21 Sep 2013
    Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat team visits Parliament of Malaysia

    A team from the Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat paid a three-day experiential learning visit to the Malaysian Parliament from September 19 to 21, 2013.

  • 19 Sep 2013
    Interactive parliament website launched

    Honourable Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, M.P, formally inaugurated the updated and interactive website (new.parliament.gov.bd) of the Bangladesh Parliament on September 15, 2013 at the Conference Room of the UNDP supported Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development (IPD) Project.

  • 18 Sep 2013
    UNDP Bangladesh makes CIPS history!

    UNDP Bangladesh created history by becoming the largest and highest scoring group in CIPS II history! With a 100% pass rate and an average score of 98% the team from Bangladesh proved yet again why we often set the gold standard for UNDP around the globe.

  • 18 Sep 2013
    A major victory for village courts

    The Jatiya Sangsad passed The Village Court (Amendment) Bill, 2013 on 18 September 2013 with a provision to incorporate several new clauses into the existing Village Court Act, 2006 for the smooth carrying out of judicial activities at the village level. This represents a major achievement and presents itself as a key tangible result of the Village Courts project.

  • 16 Sep 2013
    International Ozone Day Celebrated

    The International Ozone Day 2013 was celebrated on 16 September following the tradition of earlier years since the UN General Assembly Resolution 49/114 designated this day as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

  • 16 Sep 2013
    Human rights awareness program for garments workers

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bangladesh and Marks and Spencer jointly organized a human rights awareness campaign for garment workers in ready-made garment factories. As a pilot effort, 4 cultural shows were organized from 16 to 19 September, 2013 in Interstoff and Epyllion Style factories in Gazipur. 3000 garment workers attended the campaign.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    Taking human rights rural

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bangladesh and Jatiya Tarun Sangha (JTS) jointly organized training on promoting human rights awareness in rural communities from 14 to 15 September in Dhaka. 16 staff of JTS comprising of clinic managers, counselors, paramedics, and service promoters of the rural clinics attended the training. They came from 8 clinics out of 27 run by JTS across the country.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    Prioritizing local development a must for Aid Effectiveness

    Speakers at a consultation meeting on ‘Deepening Aid Effectiveness Agenda’ have called for enhancing the country’s internal capacity and prioritizing the local development needs in ensuring the effective use of overseas development assistance.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    Strengthening voices for democracy

    The voices were revealing. And were heard in the Parliament of Bangladesh Oath Room by no less an august audience than the Honourable Deputy Speaker, Members of Parliament from both the Ruling and Opposition Parties, Parliament Secretariat officials, the UNDP Country Director of Bangladesh, civil society leaders, academicians and youth representatives.

  • 14 Sep 2013
    Strengthening local government institutions emphasized

    Speakers at a divisional level policy dialogue stressed the need for strengthening the capacity of local government institutions (LGIs) to make those fully functional, democratic and transparent entities. They also laid emphasis on carrying out reforms in the existing Local Government (LG) system to empower the LGIs at all levels to deliver quality services to citizens.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    Integrating poor women into city governance

    Women in Bangladesh suffer under pervasive gender discrimination. Access to justice and services such as secondary and tertiary education and health remain far lower for women than for men. Significantly fewer women are employed and the ones that are receive considerably lower average salaries compared to their male co-workers.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    Promoting eco-friendly brick making to women entrepreneurs

    A joint workshop titled Towards Women Entrepreneurship in brick related Green Businesses was held on 12 September at Lakeshore Hotel, Dhaka. With support from Global Gender and Climate Alliance, UNDP-GEF funded GREEN Brick project in collaboration with Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) organized the workshop to promote energy efficient brick making business among Bangladeshi women entrepreneurs.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    SSIP project document signed

    On September 12, 2013, UNDP and the Government of Bangladesh launched its newest project, Supporting Sustainable and Inclusive Development. UNDP and Government staff were on hand as Robert Jukham, UNDP Deputy Country Director, and Ashadul Islam, Additional Secretary of the UN Wing at the Government’s Economic Relations Division (ERD), formally signed off on this major initiative.