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Bangladesh to revamp and streamline municipal governments


Local government institutions across Bangladesh would be overhauled and reorganized under a proposal that would impact Dhaka and other cities. 

Prothom Alo reports that the effort is being implemented with financial and technical assistance from the European Union, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other non-governmental organizations.

Key priorities would include financial accountability and transparency, performance evaluation and review, leadership and management programs and female empowerment, the article says. The proposal also recommends placing all local government institutions under one regulatory framework. Yet municipalities and agencies would have the flexibility to pursue individualized agendas.

Dr. John Vong, an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, is heading a consulting team that has drafted a tentative framework, the article says. He presented his findings earlier this month at a day-long workshop in Dhaka. 

Prothom Alto

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