Govt, UNDP sign deal to further strengthen LGIs

Jul 11, 2017

Dhaka, 11 July 2017: The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement for implementation of a new local government (LG) project entitled “Efficient and Accountable Local Governance (EALG).”

The project aims to further strengthen the capacities of local government institutions (LGIs) of the country and other stakeholders to foster participatory local development service delivery for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ms. Shamima Nargis, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD) and Ms. Kyoko Yokosuka, Country Director, a.i., UNDP Bangladesh signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at NEC 2, Planning Commission, in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.  

On behalf of the implementing agency, Local Government Division (LGD), Mr. Saurendra Nath Chakrabhatty, Additional Secretary, LGD, also signed the agreement.   

The USD 7.03 million project will run for the next five years (July 2017 to June 2022) and will be implemented by the LGD. The project will be funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Denmark through DANIDA and UNDP.

The signing of the project comes after the successful implementation of two flagship local government projects-Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) and Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) funded by EU, SDC, DANIDA, UNDP and UNCDF-which have made significant progress in local government arena since 2011, making the LG system more participatory, proactive and pro-people service-provider.

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 7th Five Year Plan (7th FYP), the new project aims to further strengthen planning and budgeting system at Upazila and Union Parishads with SDGs orientation and localization and pro-poor service-delivery mechanism.  

The project will also support the government to further strengthen downward accountability through effective and inclusive public engagement and will provide policy support to the government for establishing effective local governments.

Reaffirming the government’s commitment to make the local government system more efficient  and accountable service-provider, Mr. Saurendra Nath Chakrabhatty, Additional Secretary, LGD, said that the new project will help government to fulfil the “unfinished business” of the two successive LG projects by making the local government institutions (LGIs) a real hub for service delivery to the people.

Ms. Kyoko Yokosuka, Country Director, a.i., UNDP Bangladesh, said, “We are excited to continue the support in strengthening LGIs and promote localizing SDGs through LGIs and other actors at the local level. We firmly believe the support will contribute to ensure delivery of services to the door steps of the community and leave no one behind. I also take the opportunity to  thank the government and the development partners-SDC and DANIDA- for continuing their support in further strengthening the LGIs in Bangladesh.”  

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