Project Overview

Bangladesh is committed to a corruption-free and inclusive government.

Platforms for Dialogue (P4D), a European Union-funded project in partnership with the Cabinet Division, is working to improve good governance and engage civil society organisations and citizens in  government accountability mechanisms. With our partners, Platforms for Dialogue is increasing awareness of citizen rights, promoting democratic ownership, and supporting government officials to improve accountability and responsiveness. Implemented through the British Council, the three-year, 13 Million Euro project is a unique initiative that is working directly with both citizens and CSOs as well as the government to address reforms.

The project is propelled by a number of lively Civil Society Organisations operating at the grassroots level. P4D’s key intervention is capacity building for local civil society organisations and representatives of local government bodies. At the local level, the project supports discussions on 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. The project focuses on policies regarding the National Integrity Strategy, the Right to Information Act 2009, the Grievance Redress System and Citizens’ Charters.

P4D Result Areas

Improve CSO’s ability to influence government policy, hold government accountable, and ensure better representation of citizens’ interests.

Improve government accountability and responsiveness through enhanced capacity building for government officials and CSO engagement.

Develop and introduce new tools and policy platforms to facilitate dialogue between the government of Bangladesh and citizens.

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


DFID’s Prokas Right to Information project

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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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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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