Government and NGOs in South Asia: Local Collaboration in Bangladesh

1st Edition

Mohammad Jahangir Hossain Mojumder, Pranab Kumar Panday

December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367423513 - CAT# 336548
Series: Routledge Studies in South Asian Politics

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This book analyses efforts of Bangladeshi government and NGOs to strengthen local governance and identifies the challenges posed by collaboration with NGOs.

Presenting a dominantly qualitative study, the analysis explores whether engagement between the Sharique strengthening local governance project and the Union Parishads has translated into success. In so doing, it argues that evidence points to a positive impact on institutionalising good governance and fiscal autonomy through widening participation in planning and decision-making, reinforcing accountability of functionaries and enhancing tax collection. Furthermore, this book demonstrates that the collaboration has aided the process of development of social capital between officials of councils and NGOs, and among the community members, encouraging future partnership governance. However, with phasing out of the project as a propelling force, it also shows that the results fall short of being sustainable and as such statuary support, unequivocal political commitment and incentivising engagements are required to stabilise outcomes.

Bridging a gap in the Development Studies literature, this book presents new findings on the collaboration of NGOs at the local level. It will be of interest to academics working in the field of South Asian Studies, Development Studies and Asian Politics.

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