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Cabinet Division and British Council launch ‘Platforms for Dialogue’

  • Published at 05:25 pm July 15th, 2018
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Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam with representatives of British Council, at the launching ceremony of ‘Platforms for Dialogue,’ on Sunday, July 15, 2018Courtesy

P4D will support the promotion of inclusive governance at local and national levels and will emphasize mutual responsibilities to foster a more collaborative relationship among the government, citizens, and civil society

Cabinet Division of Bangladesh in association with British Council Bangladesh launched a program titled “Platforms for Dialogue” (P4D) at Hotel Radisson Blu, Water Garden, Dhaka on Sunday.

The program’s purpose is to strengthen inclusion and participation in decision-making and accountability mechanisms in Bangladesh.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam attended the program as chief guest.

Rensje Teerink, ambassador and the head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, Dr M Aslam Alam, rector of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, Md Mosharaf Hossain, rector of Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy, Barbara Wickham, director of British Council Bangladesh, were present as special guests.

P4D will support the promotion of inclusive governance at local and national levels and will emphasize mutual responsibilities to foster a more collaborative relationship among the government, citizens, and civil society.

At the district level, local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and representatives of local government will get training for capacity building in 21 districts including - Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Bandarban Hill District, Feni, Brahmanbaria, Munshiganj, Gopalganj, Kishoreganj, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Bagerhat, Jashore, Kustia, Rajshahi, Natore, Pabna, Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Moulvibazar, and Sunamganj.

After completion of the project, the CSOs will develop a range of skills and gather knowledge to engage with local governments and administrations in decision-making.  

At the national level, P4D will support government institutions in attaining the targets set in the 7th five year plan and policies centred in the National Integrity Strategy (NIS), the Right to Information Act, 2009, Citizens’ Charter, and the Grievance Redress System. 

New tools and policy platforms will be developed both at regional and national levels for effective and transparent government-civil society and citizen engagement on policy matters.

The project will be completed in June 2020. As for the estimated budget, Tk34 lakh will be provided by the government of Bangladesh and 13 million euro will be funded by the European Union. 

With this project, accountability and responsiveness of government officials will be raised through the enhanced capacity building of decision makers and engagement of CSOs. 

New tools and policy platforms for more effective dialogue between citizens and government will also be developed.