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Connecting People and Ideas for Integrated Development

SUNY/CID wins Legislative Strengthening Project in Bangladesh

SUNY/CID is pleased to announce that it will play an integral part in a $23.5 million USAID funded initiative in legislative strengthening in Bangladesh through its subcontract with The Asia Foundation (TAF). The five-year program, Promoting Democratic Institutions and Practices (PRODIP), will provide cross-cutting support to Parliament in its representative, legislative, and oversight functions. PRODIP will work closely with Parliament and civil society partners to implement a comprehensive, two-pronged program to strengthen democratic governance in the country, while also fostering the open institution of democratic representation through increased citizen participation. Key expected achievements include the following:

  • Improved parliamentary lawmaking skills and oversight capacity
  • A stronger parliamentary committee system
  • Increased public awareness of, and participation in, parliamentary functions and processes
  • Increased institutional capacity of CSOs to advance public participation in democratic governance
  • More active roles for CSOs and research institutions in informing and monitoring public policy
  • More active roles for CSOs and the media in educating the public on democratic processes and practices

SUNY/CID will work closely with Parliament, CSO specialists, and public interest groups in support of public hearings and will also support the development of oversight mechanisms on parliamentary affairs. PRODIP will draw on SUNY/CID's affiliation with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to gather information on good practices, prepare toolkits for the design and implementation of parliament oversight programs, and invite applications from prospective partners who are committed to engage in constructive, informed, and responsible oversight in Bangladesh.

PRODIP is partly funded in partnership with the British Department for International Development (DfID).