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  • 20 Feb 2014
    Effective judicial reforms require hard facts

    A civil case was filed in a Dhaka Court on November 30, 1998. The case was finally disposed on January 30, 2011, 12 years and two months after 104 dates of appearance including dates for pre-trial, trial and post-trial due to the existing adversarial trial system in Bangladesh. In a recent baseline survey of UNDP’s Judicial Strengthening Project, it was revealed that on an average the civil case disposal duration is 5.3 years and for criminal case is 3.7 years. The land or property related cases constitute the majority of civil cases (40.7 per cent).

  • 06 Feb 2014
    Mapping the way forward for South-South

    Ever since the world came to recognize the inevitable rise of the once impoverished Asia and Latin America in the global trade and development setup, South-South has become a global buzzword.

  • 16 Jan 2014
    UZGP tackles upazila level poverty

    Manjuara Khatun’s nightmare started last year when her husband lost his legs in a sudden traffic road accident. The injury rendered him unable to work thus throwing her world upside down.

  • 09 Jan 2014
    Delivering health and saving lives

    Remote areas report show disproportionately higher rates of maternal death than urban areas

  • 31 Dec 2013
    UNRC shares disaster management ideas

    “Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries of the world due to a combination of several factors such as the Himalayans and Climate Change induced unpredictable river flows from the northern side, rising Bay of Bengal and salinity intrusion from the southern side, extremely dense population, and 50 million people living in poverty and another 20-30 million people are just above the poverty,” said Mr. Neal Walker, the UN Resident Coordinator during his visit to CDMP on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He was accompanied by Mr. Nick Beresford, CD a.i., UNDP; Mr. Tarik-ul-Islam, ACD, UNDP and Mr. Mohammad Sifayet Ullah, Programme Analyst, UNDP.

  • 30 Dec 2013
    a2i unveils new logo

    ​At a casual program arranged on 30 December, 2013 at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Access to Information (a2i) Program unveiled a new logo. Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar, Project Director of a2i and Director General (Administration),Prime Minister’s Office handed over the check of BDT- 1 Lakh for the logo design competition to the winner Jahir Uddin Zummon.

  • 30 Dec 2013
    Bangladesh’s role in the emerging South

    In March of last year, UNDP published its annual flagship publication ‘Human Development Report’ for the 2013 which was quite aptly was named “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World”.

  • 23 Dec 2013
    JUST to expand beyond pilot districts

    In addition to the project’s existing three pilot districts-Dhaka, Kishoreganj and Rangamati, JUST will be expanded in another three district locations in 2014 namely Rajshai, Rangpur and Commilla. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bangladesh as well as the chair of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) of Judicial Strengthening Project (JUST) Mr. Justice Md. Muzzammel Hossain announced this decision and approved it during the 3rd PSC meeting held on December 15 and December 23, 2013.

  • 19 Dec 2013
    Parliament Committee documentation processes reformed

    The Honourable Speaker to the Parliament of Bangladesh, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, on December 9, 2013 endorsed a number of Parliamentary Committee-specific Templates, the aim of which is to standardize the handling of documentation and records within the Parliamentary Standing Committees.

  • 19 Dec 2013
    A right to a toilet

    Dolly, who thinks she is 45 and has three daughters, used to worry about walking from her house to the nearest latrine. “We had to walk 25 minutes to go to the next latrine," she said "So I would not go nor would I let my daughters go at night. It was too far to walk in the dark and I did not want anything to happen to them. As long as it was dark, they had to hold it,” she said.

  • 13 Dec 2013
    Case management seminar held

    A day long Case Management Seminar was organized by Judicial Strengthening project (JUST) on 13 December 2013 with the participation of all the judges of the High Court and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The objective of the workshop was to share knowledge, experience and views about the case management mechanism of the High Court Division and Swat Analysis of its strengths and weakness with a view to identify the deficiencies and impediments.

  • 12 Dec 2013
    Towards Judicial Reforms in Bangladesh

    For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, the Judicial Strengthening Project (JUST) of UNDP placed the judicial reform agenda before the Supreme Court Special Committee for Judicial Reforms (SCSCJR) chaired by the Chief Justice. This is an unprecedented development as SCSCJR has also principally agreed to all the reform proposals on incremental basis.

  • 12 Dec 2013
    UPGP Trains 196 UP Secretaries and UISC Entrepreneurs on MIS

    The UNDP-supported Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) last month has provided a two-day training to 196 Union Parishad (UP) Secretaries and Union Information and Service Centre (UISC) entrepreneurs on Management Information System (MIS) in Brahmanbaria district.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    Bangladesh showcases sweeping public service reforms at global meet

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented UNDP calls for renewed efforts to end gender-based violence

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.

  • 17 Nov 2013
    DRR for Narayanganj City Corporation formalized

    With its rapid economic development, Narayanganj city is becoming highly vulnerable to human induced and natural hazards, particularly earthquakes, fires and water logging etc. In 2011, with funds from UNDP BCPR, Early Recovery Facility (ERF) supported multi-hazard vulnerability atlas for Narayanganj Municipality.

  • 16 Nov 2013
    Workshop on digital Bangladesh for journalists

    A day long workshop on the different issues of digital Bangladesh for the journalists of Dhaka Division was held at Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) auditorium on 16 November. 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 48 journalists from Dhaka and different districts of Dhaka Division participated the programme.

  • 11 Nov 2013
    LCG: Sharing the Common Development Aspiration

    There were both flashbacks and optimism at the plenary meeting of the Local Consultative Group this week at the NEC Conference Room in the capital. The coordinating body of the Government of Bangladesh and its Development Partners during its last congregation of the year 2013, was met with intense reflection on the past and thoughtful outlook for the future. And the mood was best caught in the words of the chief guest Mr. A M A Muhith, the GoB Finance Minister.

  • 10 Nov 2013
    JSF holds second PIC meeting

    The second project implementation committee (PIC) meeting of the Justice Sector Facility (JSF) Project was held on 10 November 2013 in the meeting room of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MoLJPA) to support and formulate high quality implementation strategy in order to attain Project mandates.

  • 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.