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Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) umbrella project

Enhancing the capacity of government officials to integrate poverty environment climate (in terms of SDGs 1, 13, 14 and 15) into planning and budgeting, help make economic growth more environmentally sustainable; and help create new partnerships which ‘leave no one behind’.

Partner(s)

General Economic Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission; SDG Monitoring & Implementation Committee; Local Government Departments; Parliament; Key Upazilas; National Board of Revenues

Focus

Poverty-Environment Action for the SDGs will contribute to enhancing the capacity of government officials to integrate poverty environment climate (in terms of SDGs 1, 13, 14 and 15) into planning and budgeting, help make economic growth more environmentally sustainable; and help create new partnerships which ‘leave no one behind’.

Mainstreaming Context

Bangladesh has made remarkable success in achieving steady economic growth over the last few decades, with an approximate one percentage point increase every decade since the 1980s. Average real GDP growth over the last five years has been above 6%, which is much higher than average growth rate of all developing countries (4.7%). At the beginning of 2015, per capita income crossed the threshold of $1,046 and made Bangladesh a lower-middle income country. In 2017, per capita income had risen to $1,514 .

The period of political confrontation in 2012-2013 led to a slowdown in growth. Production and distribution chains were disrupted by frequent and long spells of general strikes and country wide blockades; the service and manufacturing sectors were the hardest hit. The terrorist attack in 2016 in Dhaka also stalled economic activity, particularly the inflow of Foreign Direct Investment. Recurrent floods have damaged crops, livelihoods and the economy. The Rohingya crisis continues to strain local (district) and domestic resources. Nonetheless, Bangladesh continues to demonstrate considerable resilience given its capacity to absorb shocks and move forward.

Main Activities

Poverty-Environment Action will be delivered through a larger UNDP project on Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG). The Ministry of Planning has requested that UN support to SDGs, including Poverty-Environment Action, support components and outputs as part of a focussed effort to promote green and poverty focused financing that can be used to generate interest and support for a future, broader, national integrated financing framework (NIFF). NIFF expert environment and gender staff within the SC4SDG management team will help to ensure that poverty, environment and gender are integrated into broader set of deliverables from the SC4SDG project

Expected Achievements
  • Partnerships are built and capacity developed across government and other stakeholders to better integrate poverty, gender, climate and environment into SDG plans, policies and budgeting
  • Strengthened organisational performance by lead agencies and sector line ministries responsible for integrating environmental management and climate change
  • Environmental Sustainability and resilience to shocks are mainstreamed by sectoral and subnational agencies in their programmes and project investment appraisal systems
  • More private & public investment programmes are undertaken in accordance with budgetary and planning processes that are underpinned by sustainable development
  • There is an increase in green investments which have significant economic and social co-benefits
  • There is increased and more effective environmental and climate change monitoring and compliance in context of the SDGs
  • There is an increase in the participation of the private sector and Parliament in supporting and implementing the environment and climate SDGs
  • Women’s participation in implementing the environmental and climate SDGs increases
Lessons Learned
The Way Forward