Democratic Governance

Since Bangladesh’s independence, the country has made significant progress in building and consolidating key institutions to safeguard its democracy and rule of law. Electoral-management bodies have been created, a National Human Rights Institution acts as a watchdog, and the government’s effectiveness is on the rise. The country continues to innovate and address, in a sustainable manner, the widespread issue of poverty and the impacts of climate change.

Our Goals

UNDP’s support in these reforms has been instrumental and will continue to be so in the coming years. We work in tandem with the Government of Bangladesh through policy advisory, capacity development, and sharing of best practices. Major initiatives have been undertaken to improve the government’s ability to engage with its citizens and serve the public efficiently, with a crosscutting focus on women, children and underprivileged groups. UNDP also maintains a strong relationship with civil society organizations such as NGOs, academia, community leaders and the media. We seek to build a strong counterbalance to preserve stability, democracy, and people’s confidence in their government’s institutions. more

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Democratic Governance

From partnering with the government in registering more than 81 million voters to developing innovations that ensures public services to millions of people, UNDP has a longstanding record of successful governance programmes in Bangladesh. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

Our Stories

  • Jahanara Begum's demand for compensation was rapidly dealt with through the village courts system. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

    Justice for all

    When Jahanara Begum’s sons stole mangoes from a neighbour’s garden, what should have been a petty incident of children’s mischief, escalated into a violent confrontation between more

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  • Mr Ali speaking at the open budget session. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

    A budget, of the people

    Sitting under a mango tree on a sunny Saturday morning, the wrinkled face of Haider Ali brimmed with pride as a local government official addressed the more

Projects and Initiatives

Police Reform Programme Phase II

The Police Reform Programme (PRP) is a comprehensive capacity building initiative to improve human security in Bangladesh. PRP works to support the transition of the Bangladesh Police from a colonial style police force to a more effective and service-oriented police organisation. more

Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh

The Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) project is a five-year project being implemented jointly with the Election Commission of Bangladesh (ECB). more

Union Parishad Governance Project

The Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) aims to support the government of Bangladesh in meeting the Millennium Development Goals through effective, inclusive, participatory and democratic local governance. more

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Featured Publications
Human Development Report 2013

When developed economies stopped growing during the 2008–2009 financial crisis but developing economies kept on growing, the world took notice. The rise of the South, seen within the developing world as an overdue global rebalancing, has been much commented on since.

Social Safety Nets in Bangladesh Volume 2

Recent years have seen a perceptible increase in interest in social safety nets within developing countries. Although many critics have questioned social safety-nets as something politically expedient, stigmatizing and highly inadequate to prime concerns of the poor, the necessity of such nets was never really discarded in practice.

Internal Migration in Bangladesh: Character, Drivers and Policy Issues

Migration has been identified as both saviour and villain of the national developmental story; a driver of economic expansion and modernization, while also the cause of severe urban deprivation and a destroyer of traditional rural life. This paper views internal migration in a positive light, seeing it as essential to economic transformation.

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