Innovative Alliance participatory governance programme starts in Bangladesh

8 September 2013

Working with a local partner ADORE to support women and young people in three fragile coastal communities, the Anglican Alliance scheme has been funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

It aims to create economic opportunities for disadvantaged women and young people by ensuring that local and national government understand that needs of these two groups, and introduce an enabling policy environment.

The project starts this month with the establishment of a national co-ordinating group and the recruitment of three  community development workers who will build local community empowerment forums with women, young people, local business leaders, and local authority officials.  Through local training and community meetings, they will identify the local priorities and then work with local, district and national officials to put in place a supportive policy framework.

As part of the year-long programme there will be district government level meetings and a national roundtable to focus on the needs of the most marginalised groups.

Lessons learned from the process will be shared across the Anglican Communion, and will be used to develop a distance learning module in participatory governance. The aim is to develop and share best practice in empowering women and young people –  often those excluded from decision-making – to participate in shaping the policies that influence their lives.

Executive Director Mahmood Hasan of ADORE who is taking forward the project with Anglican Alliance Asia facilitator Michael Roy said:  “This project will involve women and young people in getting changes in policy and  governance  for economic empowerment   for  promoting  diverse and sustanable livelihoods.”

The programme is being funded by the Commonwealth Foundation as part of its promotion of participatory governance.

In the picture: women on a training programme run by Adore in Bangladesh