The UN Democracy Fund is supporting The Hunger Project-Bangladesh (THP)in partnership with BRAC to implement a comprehensive strategy to build capacity, document and demonstrate the impact of ten Union Parishads who are empowered to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The ‘MDG Union Project addresses the problems of overcoming poverty in rural Bangladesh through demonstrating the developmental impact of fully implementing recent local government reforms. The objective of the project is to build the capacity of both the elected local government bodies known as ‘Union Parishsads’ and grassroots civil society to work together to achieve the MDGs.
The strategy is to create 10 MDG Unions across 2 districts (Mymonsingh and Tangail) through intensuve capacity building and mobilization, ensuring that each Union Parishad properly implements four key provisions of the Local Government (Union Parishad) Act, 2009:holding twice Ward Shavas in each Ward, feeding ward-level priorities into annual plan and five year plan, properly functioning standing committees and publishing a citizen charter.