Bangladesh Parliament, UNDP jointly introduce ‘My Constituency’ app
Bangladesh Parliament and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh has launched the country’s first “My Constituency” data platform, web and mobile based application, for the Members of Parliament to measure the progress of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The data platform, virtually launched on Tuesday, will support the MPs to track the development progress of their respective constituency and identify the areas for inclusive development planning to improve the lives of underserved people,” according to UNDP Bangladesh
It also envisions strengthened interactions with citizens, it said.
Accurate, reliable and timely data is key to measuring progress in the SDGs. Members of Parliament have to handle a plethora of responsibilities for the good of their constituencies, such as enacting legislation, adopt budgets, and ensure accountability for the effective implementation of SDGs. ‘My Constituency’ app gives the MPs better access to quality data for evidence-based decision making and development planning for their constituencies. This platform was created with a focus on human development data. Its main objectives are to help MPs track the progress of their area, identify pockets for development planning and strengthen interaction with citizens.
Speaking as chief guest, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP said, “We must remember that the clock is ticking -- there is only a decade left to reach the SDGs. Meanwhile, there is a global change due to the pandemic, which makes it difficult to keep the economy on track while also ensuring that we stay on the right path for the SDGs.”
“This app is driven by the needs of MPs and their feedback has been incorporated into it. It will cater to them, and make it easier for them to find any information they need on their constituency with just a few taps. It will give a whole picture of the constituency, and help MPs identify existing challenges to make evidence-based decisions,” she said.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister of ICT, “This app will reflect the citizen's needs and help MPs act accordingly. They can connect their work in their constituency with both the SDGs and the government's overarching vision for development.”
Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP Bangladesh, in his welcoming speech said, “UNDP is one of the largest organisations in the world in terms of working with parliaments. The platform will allow MPs to see which parts of their constituency are lagging and act accordingly.”
In the later part of the programme, Anir Chowdhury, Policy Adviser, a2i presented the data platform, while Deputy Speaker, Fazle Rabbi Miah moderated the question and answer session.
Among others, Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan, senior secretary of the Parliament Secretariat, Zuena Aziz, principal coordinator of SDG affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office, Kamal Hossain and secretary (Coordination & Reforms) of the Cabinet Division, were present at the event.