The workshop was held at the National Institute of Local Governance office in Dhaka on Wednesday
Speakers at a two-day long workshop titled “Local Governance Issues” urged the youth to increase their participation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in local governance.
The workshop was held at the National Institute of Local Governance office in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The workshop was jointly organized by the Efficient and Accountable Local Governance (EALG) project of the United National Development Program (UNDP) and Local Government Division of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives.
Local Government Division Additional Secretary Amitabh Sarker inaugurated the event where 52 young researchers from different public universities participated.
“This is the first time the Local Government Division with the support of the UNDP, took an initiative to create a platform for young researchers to work on local governance issues and come up with results,” said Amitabh, also the EALG national project director.
“Youth participation is very important for local governance in attaining SDGs, and leaving no one behind, you have to work for it,” he added.
To enhance understanding on local governance issues and improve their skills, a certain amount of research grants were provided to the researchers in group or as individuals.
The grants were provided by the EALG project of UNDP, in partnership with the Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS) of the University of Rajshahi, Centre for Governance Studies (CGS) of the Jahangirnagar University, the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), and National Institute of Local Government (NILG).
EALG Deputy National Project Director Md Zahirul Islam, UNDP Bangladesh Policy Specialist Md Mozammel Haque, EALG Project Coordinator Abu Shahin Md Ashaduzzaman, were also present in the training session, among others.