Promoting democracy and governance is an important objective of U.S. foreign policy and is critical to advancing Bangladesh’s development. Increasing citizen confidence in governing institutions is directly aligned to this objective.
Realizing this will require addressing four inter-related obstacles to effective governance in Bangladesh:
- Nascent independent political institutions including the parliament and political parties;
- Corruption, low transparency and ineffective mechanisms of accountability in all branches of government;
- The difficulty of citizens to access the justice system; and
- The concentration of authority and resources at the national level.
USAID's democracy and governance efforts will contribute to the Government of Bangladesh’s goals, including:
- Making parliamentary processes effective;
- Strengthening local governments;
- Controlling corruption;
- Promoting legal and judiciary reform;
- Improving sectoral governance; and
- Protecting human rights.
USAID will continue to work with Government of Bangladesh auditing and monitoring offices to strengthen the culture of accountability and transparency in government finances.
To ensure that the mission’s expected results are adequately tracked and monitored, a national democracy and governance survey will be conducted on an annual basis.
Alongside the Government of Bangladesh’s vision of being ‘Digital by 2021,’ efforts will utilize science technology, and innovation to communicate behavior change and reach the broadest audience possible, including women and youth.
Virtual and real communities will grow from new technologies by encouraging citizens, community service organizations and public and independent agencies to become involved in virtual policy debates.
Last updated: March 12, 2014