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Background Perceptions & Performance of Upazilas in Bangladesh - a Study on Upazila Chairs and Vice-Chairs

Background Perceptions & Performance of Upazilas in Bangladesh - a Study on Upazila Chairs and Vice-Chairs

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The purpose of this study is to look into the background, perceptions, and performance of the upazila parishad (UZP) of Bangladesh. The Upazila as an administrative unit has been functioning with a large number of functionaries and substantially big amount of fund from national government. In addition, the Upazila happens to be a strategic position due to its geographic and strategic location in the country. Almost all of the government service providers are present at the Upazila. It also addresses the issues of local level planning, rural development, and socio-economic betterment of Bangladesh.

The perceptions and performances of the UZP reflect through some actors. Amongst from the actors of the UZP, Upazila Chairmen (UZCs) and Upazila Vice-chairmen (UZVCs) are key and meaningful players. The notion of bringing the newly elected UZCs and UZVCs at the forefront is to induce democratic, debureaucratic as well as people’s representative character into this unit of local government. The authority of central government is delegated to the people’s representative at peripheral level through the elected chairs and vice-chairs. The big question here is “what is the perception of these elected chairs and vice-chairs about the functions and activities of the UZP and whether these representatives can perform in full swing”. Pursuing the objectives of this study lies behind looking for the answers of these questions.
The purpose of this study is to look into the background, perceptions, and performance of the upazila parishad (UZP) of Bangladesh. The Upazila as an administrative unit has been functioning with a large number of functionaries and substantially big amount of fund from national government. In addition, the Upazila happens to be a strategic position due to its geographic and strategic location in the country. Almost all of the government service providers are present at the Upazila. It also addresses the issues of local level planning, rural development, and socio-economic betterment of Bangladesh.

The perceptions and performances of the UZP reflect through some actors. Amongst from the actors of the UZP, Upazila Chairmen (UZCs) and Upazila Vice-chairmen (UZVCs) are key and meaningful players. The notion of bringing the newly elected UZCs and UZVCs at the forefront is to induce democratic, debureaucratic as well as people’s representative character into this unit of local government. The authority of central government is delegated to the people’s representative at peripheral level through the elected chairs and vice-chairs. The big question here is “what is the perception of these elected chairs and vice-chairs about the functions and activities of the UZP and whether these representatives can perform in full swing”. Pursuing the objectives of this study lies behind looking for the answers of these questions.

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 Background, Perceptions andPerformance of UZPs inBangladesh
a Study on Chairs and Vice-chairs 
 
March 2011
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Background, Perceptions andPerformance of UZPsin Bangladesh
a Study on Chairs and Vice-chairs 
 by
Tofail AhmedSaifuddin AhmedS M Humayun Kabir
 
Local Governance Cluster
UNDP Bangladesh
 
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Copyright © 2011by the UNDP Bangladesh
“United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network,an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experienceand resources to assist people build a better life. Working in 166 countries, UNDP is workingwith them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.UNDP embarked on its journey in Bangladesh in 1973. Since its inception, UNDP and itspartners accomplished key results in the areas of governance, poverty reduction,environment, energy and climate change, disaster management, and achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNDP is engaged with various governmentalagencies and partners to thrive towards economic and social development in Bangladesh.”
First published in March 2011 by theLocal Governance ClusterUNDP BangladeshIDB Bhaban, Sher-e-Bangla NagarTelephone: (880-2) 8150088Fax: (880-2) 8113196 Local Governance Cluster aims to provide improved, participatory local governance forsocio-economic development and poverty alleviation through delivery of sustainable basicinfrastructure and services, building capacity of local government bodies to plan, financeand manage basic development activities in a responsive and accountable manner anddrawing lessons on improved local government practices wider relevance in Bangladesh.
“The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarilyrepresent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or their Member States.”
 

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