Governance and Accountability

CARE Bangladesh has identified 'poor governance' as an underlying cause of poverty and exclusion in all its four impact statements. Decision-making power in formal institutions remains in the hands of the elites, despite the existence of electoral systems at various levels of government. This is because of the social inequalities that shape the exploitation, discrimination and marginalization of extremely poor people. Their participation is limited by their own lack of opportunity and capacity, societal norms and institutions, and centralized and exclusionary systems of governance. Resource allocation and access to these resources (the symptoms of poverty, as it were) are essentially shaped by power, incentives, political context and human capabilities. Therefore CARE Bangladesh's work focuses on addressing these dimensions of exclusion and inequity in the formal and informal realms and creating and strengthening spaces for participation, thereby creating the conditions necessary for extremely poor people to demand their rights and hold government to account.

In order to address poor governance and unequal access to resources, a central premise of CARE's pro-poor, inclusive and participatory governance approach is that in order to eradicate poverty we must address both power relations and the resulting structural or systemic causes underlying poverty. Building on this conceptualization there are two important arguments for why governance matters. Firstly participation is seen as a right with intrinsic value in itself. Secondly, experience has taught us that development results are more relevant, far-reaching, and sustainable if people are able to engage in the management of those public affairs that affect their lives. Furthermore, there is evidence to show that there is greater success in reducing poverty and inequality in the long term if governments are capable, inclusive and accountable to their citizens and that people are able to actively engage in governance processes.

As an organization CARE Bangladesh has vast experiences of working with Union Parishad, the lowest governance structure of Bangladesh. It worked with the Local Government and Engineering Division on the development of infrastructure at union level. During 80's and 90's in Integrated Food Security Program funded by USAID, CARE Bangladesh implemented several projects (UPWARD, BUILD CAPACITY) with the Union Parishad, in which main focus was on capacity building of Union Parishads and developing the Union Parishad Complex to be served as 'one stop service centre'. Some other major projects include- SHARIQUE; Social and Economic Transformation of the Ultra-Poor (SETU); Empowerment of Local Actors and Non-State Actors in Responding to Economic Development Opportunities and Climate Change and Disaster Vulnerabilities project (PRODUCE); and Sustainable Access to Land Equality (SALE).

Publication Date Publication Title Details
May 16, 2016 Open Budget Meeting: Magnifying the voices of the poor and marginalized View Details
May 16, 2016 Project Highlights: Results in Citizen Participation in Local Governance, May 2016 View Details
Mar 13, 2016 Dialogue on Good Governance View Details
May 20, 2015 Fostering Responsive Local Government through Self Evaluation of Elected Representatives View Details
May 20, 2015 Assessment of Information Flows in the Union Parishads of Bangladesh View Details
May 20, 2015 Community score card initiated to improve service delivery of safety net programs in working unions under Gaibandha and Nilphamari districts View Details
May 20, 2015 Fostering Local Political Economy Analysis in Developing Pro-poor Inclusive Participatory Local Government Planning View Details
May 20, 2015 Social Audit to Improve Quality of Schemes in LGSP-II project View Details
May 20, 2015 Ward shava promotes citizen centric democratic space for dialogue View Details
May 20, 2015 Political Economy Analysis is useful for equitable resource allocation at Kashiram Belpukur Union View Details
May 20, 2015 A successful Ward Shava in Magura Union View Details
Mar 10, 2013 CARE Bangladesh Governance Technical Strategy Paper, August 2009 View Details
Feb 18, 2013 Poor and Extremely Poor Women’s Engagement in Local Government Development Initiatives: a good practice documentation; November 2012. View Details
Feb 14, 2013 Emergence of Natural Leaders in the Botlagari Union of Bangladesh: A Catalyst For Changing the Lives of Poor Women and Their Communities - CARE International UK PPA Life Changes Case Study View Details
Feb 10, 2013 Entry points for Empowerment; a report by Andrew Bartlett for CARE Bangladesh, June 2004 View Details
Feb 10, 2013 Forms of Land Tenure in the Northwest of Bangladesh View Details
Feb 10, 2013 Land Policy and Administration in Bangladesh - A Literature Review, CARE RURAL LIVELIHOODS PROGRAMME, May 2003 View Details
Feb 10, 2013 The North West Institutional Analysis, September 2002 View Details
Feb 10, 2013 Securing Access to Water Bodies: CARE RURAL LIVELIHOODS PROGRAMME, April 2004 View Details
Feb 10, 2013 Social Capital in Rural Dinajpur: CARE RURAL LIVELIHOODS PROGRAMME, September 2003 View Details
Feb 10, 2013 Urban-Rural Links and Transformation In Bangladesh - A Review of the Issues, Discussion Paper , Prepared For Rural Livelihoods Program (RLP), CARE-Bangladesh View Details
Dec 20, 2012 Learning and Policy Series - Briefing Paper; Issue 01, May 2010 View Details
Dec 20, 2012 Social Safety Nets and the Extreme Poor - Learning from a participatory pro-poor governance approach View Details
Dec 20, 2012 Inclusive Governance: transforming livilihood security experiences from CARE Bangladesh, May 2011 View Details
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