UZGP helps boost UZP Committees

Jan 3, 2016

UZP Committees meeting

A one-day orientation supported by Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) under Local Government Division (LGD) has helped boost Upazila Committees in running its businesses efficiently and effectively.

A total of 3112 members, drawn from all 17 Committees of 65 Upazila Parishads (UZPs) under seven selected districts, took part in the orientation to carry out Committees’ mandated roles and responsibilities for effective functioning of Upazila Parishads (UZPs).

The UZP Committee members included UZP Chair, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Vice-chairs, UP Chairs, relevant government officials working at UZP level and co-opted members from Civil Society, Media and Women Development Forum (WDF).

This is the first time in country’s history’s that the newly elected public representatives of 4th Upazila Parishad got the orientation soon after assuming their offices and helped them enhancing understanding on Rules of Procedure and Conduct of the Business for the Committees from its first sitting.Click / tap here to start editing

The orientation laid emphasize on formulation of a priority-based realistic sector-wise planning with a long-term development vision and necessary budget to implement those to ensure better service delivery.

As a major component of UZP, the middle-tier of the local government system in Bangladesh, the 17 UZP Committees on different issues like Education, Health and Family Planning, Agriculture, Women and Child Affairs, Social Welfare, Infrastructure, Livestock and Finance, Budget, Planning and Resource Mobilization, are entrusted in selecting priorities and formulating plan for UZP in ensuring better services to the people.

The early success of the orientation is that in 2015 the six key committees have already held its bi-monthly meeting regularly in 72 percent of UZPs in project areas compared to 34 percent of UZPs in control areas in 2015.

The European Union (EU), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development (UNDP) are providing technical and financial assistance to the project. The five-year project, started in 2012, is being implemented by the LGD, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD &C).

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