Institutional Enabling Environment Report—Narayanganj, Bangladesh

In light of rapid urbanization, equitable economic growth in cities is paramount to ensure sustainable prosperity of their citizens. Therefore, the provision of public goods and services in an equitable manner is one of the main policy targets of city authorities. However, promoting sustainable economic growth and equity depends on the enabling environment, defined as the rules, policies, and authority under which city authorities create, maintain, and deliver public goods and services. Therefore, the objective of this Institutional Environment Enabling Report (IEER) is to describe the political, functional, and fiscal arrangements under which Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) operates. It will assist in facilitating city-level policy actions by defining the space wherein city-level actions can become effective and operational. Analysis of the legal framework shows that despite a national move towards increased decentralization, the central government retains control over city corporations through its overall administrative system. The IEER report concludes that while a process of local government reform is underway and shows promising trends, among other factors, the existing legislation has loopholes and there is functional fragmentation in service delivery.

Authors: Rahman, Sultan Hafeez; Hossain, Shanawez; Islam, Mohammad Sirajul; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Hoque, Md. Mahan Ul; Ahamed, Raihan; Zaman, Nabila; Nadim, Nadir Shah; Ahmed, Nazneen
Type: Report
Year: 2017