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Functioning Local Government Through Awareness,Advocacy and Capacity building.
Objectives
To develop and support the major stakeholders and the constituencies of local government with particular focus to the Union Parishads through awareness building, developing watchdog role of the local journalists/ media representatives and initiating policy research, advocacy and lobbying to make the Union Parishads accountable, responsive and effective.

The ultimate goal of this project is to create awareness and demand amongst constituencies on the role and functions of local government and initiate policy debates/deliberations through MPs to accelerate the process of establishing a responsive and effective local government system in Bangladesh through a union of UP Chairman Members called Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum (BUPF).

Major Activities
icon Research and Content Analysis
icon National Coalition and Advocacy (seminars, workshops, public hearing, press conferences)
icon Capacity Management Training for Local Journalists
icon Increasing Public Awareness through Festivals, Theatres, Shows and TV spots
icon -Publication of bulletins and posters
Out comes of this project:
icon Formation of Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum
icon Local govt. issues received both local and National media attention give an example by publish some heading news
icon A mobile theatre group in Parts of Mymensingh
icon Newsletters on achievements of UPs and BUPF
icon A book on the BUPF members demand
icon Active standing committees in target areas in Education and Health
icon BUPF with its National divisional and District committees have become the united voice of LG.
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Strengthening Democratic Governance in Union Parishads through the Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum.
Objectives
The broad objective to enhance UPs capacity in democratic and participatory decision-making (planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring, oversee service delivery and internal transparency) and effective advocacy incorporating stakeholders' especially poor women and ethnic minorities.

This initiative aims at building strong membership base of BUPF as a network of UPs, which will eventually their respective capacity in planning, budgeting, project implementation and effective advocacy that incorporates the participation of the community people. This is expected to disseminate practices of good practice and internal democracy in the management of the UP affairs through the activation of standing committees that will ensure internal transparency and oversee efficient and effective service delivery.

 
Major Activities
icon Establishment of 6 divisional centers
icon Need assessment, development and production of learning materials
icon TOT for the facilitators and divisional coordinators
icon TOT for the change agents
icon Orientation of UPs by the change agents
icon Formation and reformation and activation of UP standing committees
icon Holding communication campaigns and advocacy for change
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UP - Community cooperation for people -oriented service delivery.

 

 

 

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Study Circle for effective Union Parishads.
Objectives
The objective of the study circle is to increase community awareness and participation in local government (Union Parishad) affairs and to facilitate Union Parishad and the community oversight role over the service delivery departments

The other objectives of study circle will be to engage Union Parishads to closely monitor Health, Education and Agriculture services as mentioned in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). The objective is to ensure provision of better services, create healthier interaction among Union Parishad, the Community, service delivery departments and the local administration.

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Study Circle for effective Union Parishads.
Objectives

United States Agency for International Development aw a three-year contract to assist efforts of local government and to strengthen local governments by enhancing the capacity and sustainability of local governments and associations. This activity will be named as Democratic Local Governance Program or DLGP. RTI International, a North Carolina, US based international organization is the primary contractor for this program.

Under terms of the contract RTI will work with 70 Union Parishad (UPs) and 15 Municipalities of Northwest and Southwest zone to move Bangladesh toward a more decentralized system of governance.

The transition to democracy in Bangladesh has been inconsistent and erratic. In general, democratic institutions remain weak and confidence in the government is low. Bangladesh faces problems of widespread corruption, lack of clear representation of citizen's interests by their elected officials, a highly centralized government and a nascent local government movement that is still learning how to exercise its rights. RTI staff members will work with local officials to strengthen the role of local governments and help officials to improve their ability to deliver important services such as water.

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