The Governance Innovation Unit of the Prime Minister's Office and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh, virtually launched the implementation of the National Governance Assessment Framework (NGAF) on 26 November 2020, to support the government in achieving its development priorities.
NGAF will help to track the government's progress in the trajectory of Vision 2021, Vision 2041, Five Year Plan and National Integrity Strategy. It will also support SDG monitoring and reporting responsibilities. The framework, supported by UNDP and relevant institutions, has five thematic areas, eighteen sub-themes, and sixty-four context-relevant indicators for Bangladesh.
Attended as the Chief Guest at the launching event, Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Prime Minister, said, "the NGAF could be considered as a country's advancement tool that envisions providing signposts to the high-level policymakers regularly to take evidence-based policy reform agenda forward for achieving the country's development priorities". He also underlined that the NGAF should reflect national aspirations and must aim to improve the quality of life for citizens.
Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh as a special guest of the launching event said, "NGAF is a nationally owned participatory framework built on an "all-of-society" approach which is integrated within a larger, cohesive process of monitoring development progress in Bangladesh". He stressed on UNDP's commitment to stay the course and support this process over the long term as the framework will assist to priorities and gather citizen's aspirations as well as help the policymakers to design policy agendas.
The launching event was also attended by, Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Principal Secretary to Hon'ble Prime Minister, Mohammad Tajul Islam, Director General of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), along with the Divisional Commissioners and representatives of General Economic Division, BBS, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, University of Dhaka, and other officials of GIU and UNDP. Md. Ashraf Uddin, Director General, of the GIU moderated the session.
The NGAF is a country-contextualized governance assessment framework that is to create an inclusive and peaceful society with access to justice for all and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.