Overview

The progressive journey of Bangladesh is at the centre of global attention today. Bangladesh made major breakthroughs in economic growth, and headways in development indicators amidst numerous challenges. The nation, as reflected in government’s core policy documents, has set now for herself a target of establishing a corruption-free inclusive government.

Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) is a European Union funded project that, in partnership with the Cabinet Division, builds rights awareness, promotes democratic ownership of citizens in policy and practices, and supports government officials to be abler in terms of accountability and responsiveness. Implemented through the British Council, the three-year project of 13 Million Euro is a unique initiative that addresses both the demand and the supply ends of reforms

The project is propelled by a number of lively Civil Society Organisations operating at grassroots level. P4D’s key intervention is capacity building of local civil society organisations and representatives of local government bodies. The project supports dialogues on local policy issues in 21 districts. At the national level, P4D supports government institutions to deliver on ambitions set out in the 7th Five Year Plan and policies centred around the National Integrity Strategy, the Right to Information Act 2009, Citizens’ Charters and the Grievance Redress System.

P4D Result Areas

CSO’s ability to influence government policy and practice raised through better accountability to and more effective representation of citizen’s interests.

Accountability and responsiveness of government officials raised through better enhanced capacity building of decision makers and engagement of CSOs.

New tools and policy platforms for more effective dialogue between citizens and government are developed and utilised.

The progressive journey of Bangladesh is at the centre of global attention today.

In a shared world

The proposed P4D project will be highly synergic and complementary to the following
on-going Development Partners’ (
DPs) initiatives

prokas

DFID’s Prokas Right to Information project

The project is being implemented by the British Council (BC). It supports government and civil society initiatives to improve transparency and accountability in business regulation and climate financing. The EU will complement this effort by focusing on transparency and accountability aspects of public governance.

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DFID's Community Legal Services (CLS) project

The project is being partially implemented by the British Council and it has established service quality standards for legal aid NGO. The EU will expand this experience by developing quality standards for both CSOs internal governance and CSO service provision applicable across-sectors.

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active-citizens

British Council's Active Citizens (AC) project

The project trains youth from 54 districts in the skills and knowledge needed to affect social change. The EU may engage the youth trained by the AC project by extending its project activities to some of the 54 AC districts; at the same time it may carry forward the experience by engaging youth in some of the non-beneficiary 10 districts.

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Union Parishad Governance Project (UPGP) and UpazilaParishad Governance Project (UZGP)

The project is working to make the local government capable, transparent, efficient and pro-poor under Local Government Division (LGD) and financed by EU,SDC, UNCDF and UNDP.

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uzgp