A day-long workshop on “Draft Capacity Development Framework for Local Government Institutions” was held at Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) auditorium in Dhaka today, Thursday, 1 September 2016.
The Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) and Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) under Local Government Division (LGD) have jointly organized the workshop aimed at sharing the draft framework and solicit opinion from development partners, different ministries and department, elected public representatives from different tiers of LGs, academicians, civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) in order to enrich and finalize the draft.
Mr. Abdul Malek, Secretary, Local Government Division (LGD) was present at the inaugural session of the workshop as chief guest with Mr. Saurendra Nath Chakrabhartty, Additional Secretary, LGD and National Project Director (NPD), Upazila Governance Project (UZGP) was in the chair. Ms. Shaila Khan, Assistant Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh, among others, spoke at the programme.
The main objective of developing the capacity development framework of LGIs is to identify the capacity development needs of all types of local governments in Bangladesh, and contribute to addressing these needs by implementing an appropriate development framework. The City Corporations, Pourashavas, Zila Parishads, Upazila Parishads and Union Parishads would be brought under the framework. However, separate modules could be developed to address the capacity needs of different tiers of local government.
The non-existence of such a framework has hindered the LGIs in Bangladesh from work in a coordinated manner to deliver better services to the citizen. Despite individual unit of LGIs have separate set of legislation, it is difficult to keep consistency and ensure coordination between them.
Professor Dr. John Vong of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, who is also leading a three-member consultant team, made a presentation on the draft capacity development framework for LGIs.
Identifying risks and challenges the LGIs are facing now, he recommended for setting up a LGI Steering Committee to drive proposed five capacity development interventions for LGIs including budgetary reform and financial accountability and transparency, performance evaluation and review, local government reform and leadership administration and management programme, digitalization of LGD and gender empowerment.
Speaking on the occasion, LGD Secretary Abdul Malek said that developing the capacity development framework for LGIs is a must for effective and updated capacity development for a large, strong 70,000 local level actors who are linked with the country’s development either horizontally or vertically.
“This will help us to make the LGIs more stronger and effective to deliver better services to the citizen and eventually graduate the country to a middle-income country by 2021, and a developed country by 2041,” he added.
The European Union (EU), Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), DANIDA, UNDP and UNCDF are providing technical and financial support in implementing the projects.