EU grants 118m Euro to improve democratic governance

EU grants 118m Euro to improve democratic governance

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The European Union grants EUR 118 million (11 Crore 80 Lac Taka) for Civil Society Participation in Decision Making, Food and Nutrition Security, and Skills Development in Bangladesh
The EU Development Cooperation Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2014-2020 aims at assisting Bangladesh in promoting a more equitable growth and improving democratic governance.Accordingly, the EU has committed EUR 118 million (11 crore 80 lac taka) in grants to 1) Strengthen democratic ownership and accountability mechanisms; 2) Reduce food insecurity and malnutrition and 3) Support an inclusive, demand-driven and interlinked skills development system.
Three programmes were adopted, as follows:
•    The “Platforms for Dialogue Project – Strengthening Inclusion and Participation in Decision Making and Accountability Mechanisms in Bangladesh”,
•    The “Food and Nutrition Security programme for Bangladesh 2015″,
•    The “Skills 21 – Empowering citizens for inclusive and sustainable growth” programme.
Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon, Head of EU Delegation, stated that ‘The people of Bangladesh are at the heart of these interventions, with a particular attention to women, girls, youth and most vulnerable groups. In line with the 7th 5 Year Plan, our ambition is to contribute to eradicating poverty and building a more inclusive society’.
The first programme will assist the Government and Civil Society organisations in their mutual efforts to achieve a more inclusive, transparent and accountable system of governance in the country. The second programme will improve maternal and child nutrition with three main pillars: 1) consolidating a national nutrition-sensitive policy framework, 2) addressing stunting in two districts of Sylhet Division – one of the most critical undernutrition areas in the country – and 3) developing replicable solutions to deliver nutrition services and mobilise communities in other parts of the country. The third programme will support an overall reform of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector, which will allow a comprehensive and coherent policy framework and improve employment opportunities according to the labour market’ needs. – Press release

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