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  • 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.

  • 30 Sep 2013
    Workshop on digital Bangladesh for journalists

    A day long workshop on the different issues of Digital Bangladesh for the journalists of Panchagarh district was held at Panchagarh circuit house auditorium on 30 September. 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 35 journalists of Panchagarh districts participated in the programme.

  • 30 Sep 2013
    BRESL starts factory visits

    The BRESL Project team has started factory visits to those companies who have received Energy Star Label Certificate from BSTI. The first visit was on Monday, 30 September at Super Star Electronics Ltd.

  • 30 Sep 2013
    Making schools safe from disasters

    On Monday, September 30, 2013 Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP II) and Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards “Making Schools Safe from Disasters”.

  • 30 Sep 2013
    Strengthening disaster management practices

    Gaibandha, an UNDAF priority district, is one of the poorest districts of Bangladesh, and exposed to both slow and rapid onset disasters. Located in the Brahmaputra river basin, Gaibandha is affected by floods every year.

  • 26 Sep 2013
    Making brave men of us all

    rom the perspective of two volunteer facilitators, Iftekharul Dastagir and Juhayer Tanzim, the Brave Men Campaign achieved its goal, they said, “The only thing we would change is that it be expanded to reach more people”.