Good governance and accountability are critical for economic growth, health, education, and high-quality public services. USAID enhances citizen confidence in government by strengthening democratic processes and civil society, increasing access to justice, protecting human rights, supporting a culture of tolerance, and providing development opportunities for women, youth, and marginalized communities.
Strengthening Democratic Political Processes
USAID works to strengthen political processes by training leaders from all of Bangladesh’s major political parties in conducting democratic campaigns and improving internal governance. Our programs also focus on training and empowering women leaders, helping them take leadership positions in their respective parties at the local and national levels.
Enhancing Good Governance
USAID supports good governance by strengthening the processes and systems that improve government accountability and mitigate corruption. USAID programs also address inequalities experienced by marginalized communities, including women, youth, victims of child marriage, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTQI+ communities. USAID efforts to promote the rights of LGBTQI+ people encourages civil society organizations (CSOs) to help this community by providing psychosocial support, access to legal services, and affordable health services.
Fostering a Strong Civil Society
USAID supports civil society actors to be strong interlocutors between the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and marginalized citizens, and builds the capacity of CSOs by providing training on government regulations and equipping them with the necessary skills to operate more safely in the digital space. USAID currently supports more than 50 CSOs and helps them advocate for human rights and protect marginalized citizens, including people with disabilities and the LGBTQI+ community, by encouraging the government to be more responsive to the unique needs of these groups.
USAID labor programming promotes union organizing, labor-rights enforcement, access to justice for workers, and empowerment of women workers. It strengthens independent unions and supports development of community-based organizations serving workers and workers’ communities.
Combating Trafficking and Promoting the Rule of Law
To combat trafficking-in-persons, USAID trains government officials, members of the judiciary, and CSOs to fight trafficking-in-persons, protect survivors, and prosecute perpetrators more effectively. USAID interventions help reduce child marriage by raising awareness on its adverse impact on victims, enabling girls to complete their education and avail economic opportunities more fully. USAID also supports marginalized Bangladeshis by expanding access to legal aid services in partnership with legal aid organizations, judges, judicial staff, and vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities and LGBTQI+ communities.
Strengthening Labor Rights
To help workers advocate for safe working conditions, USAID promotes the development and democratic governance of independent trade unions, provides training on collective bargaining, expands access to justice for workers, and empowers women workers through leadership and soft-skills training. Beyond workplace interventions, USAID programs also strengthen community-based organizations’ ability to provide basic services and support to workers in their communities.
Empowering Youth and Promoting Peace
USAID works with youth to increase civic awareness and engagement to bolster democratic values, and amplify youth voices to promote good governance in Bangladesh. USAID provides market-oriented vocational skills, entrepreneurship, leadership, conflict mitigation, and various soft-skills training for youth. USAID promotes peace by strengthening informal justice systems to reduce the use of violence and solve disputes, and foster youth engagement and trust in local justice mechanisms.
- In 2022, USAID supported Bangladesh’s Ministry of Home Affairs to revise and extend the current National Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking to 2025, incorporating needs and priorities that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- USAID programs provided training to more than 11,000 political party leaders and activists in democratic values, communication techniques, and political party building.
- With USAID assistance, 10 new labor unions successfully registered with the GOB, helping them better advocate for more than 40,000 workers.