Social Accountability Mechanisms: A Study on the Union Parishads in Bangladesh

This study is focused on SHARIQUE III, a consortium project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on local governance and development. The specific objective of the project is to empower the poor and disadvantaged groups in the project areas in claiming their rights and entitlements towards effectively receiving services provided by the local government bodies. SHARIQUE adopted a citizens’ participation approach in the decision-making process at the local level. Against this backdrop, this study has been undertaken to ascertain the state of social accountability in some selected UPs in both SHARIQUE and non-SHARIQUE areas. The principal objective of the research is to explore, compare and contrast the nature and extent of space available to citizens to directly engage with the UP administration in the selected project and non-project areas. The study tried to locate, list, and contextualize the social responsibilities the elected UP representatives’ discharged and supposed to be discharging.

Authors: Ahmed, Tofail; Harun-Or-Rashid, Md.; Ahmmed, Kazi Niaz; Razzaque, Farhana
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2016