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Germany intensifies support for local governance in Bangladesh

April 29, 2008

Germany is intensifying its support to Bangladesh for the establishment of transparent, citizen-responsive administration in cities and municipalities of the country. This is the most important result of the government negotiations on German-Bangladesh development cooperation that concluded in Dhaka on 21st April, 2008.

With a ranking of 140 in the 2007-2008 Human Development Index , Bangladesh is one of the world's poorest countries and a priority partner country for German development cooperation. The primary aim of efforts on both sides is to reduce poverty by improving the country's economic, social, administrative and physical infrastructure.

Under a credit programme implemented with the Asian Development Bank, incentives will be created for cities and municipalities to orient their activities towards poverty reduction and to increase the participation of their own citizens in municipal planning processes. This includes, for example, joint programmes for investment in streets, public markets and water supply, as well as improvements in the living conditions in slums – measures that directly translate the reform process into benefits for local people.

A total of 51 million euros for the years 2008 and 2009 was committed during the latest government-to-government negotiations. In addition to municipal development, measures to improve energy efficiency and to strengthen the legal and social position of women in Bangladesh will be supported.
Bangladesh is particularly affected by the results of climate change. In order to help prevent climate-induced harm, German development cooperation is supporting, for the first time in Bangladesh, a programme to preserve biodiversity and protect river banks in one of the large river systems of the country.



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