Decentralized Local Governance Policy Framework for Bangladesh

It is widely recognized that unless we do have an aggregated or national decentralized local governance policy, we
will not have a vision and road map for local governance development in the country. Thus, this social input – proposed national decentralized local governance policy for Bangladesh – is crafted for consideration by the Local Government Division (LGD), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MLGRD&C), and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The proposed decentralized local governance policy envisions placing democratic decentralization along with fiscal autonomy and local administrative reforms in an attempt to develop the political capacity of local citizens for demanding accountability and engaging local authorities towards Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and economic advancement of the rural areas. Even if the proposed policy is trendy of its kind with crafting vision, mission, goal, objectives, and principles, designing structural, functional, and legal frameworks, and addressing key issues and concerns, it would just be paperwork if it does not go with a strong advocacy strategy to finalize as well as to implement the policy. Given this reality, the full study report would focus on policy advocacy as well as an implementation strategy.

Author: Talukdar, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2013