The government of Bangladesh has been using five-year plans as a blueprint for realizing the country’s development aspirations for decades. The five-year plans have proven highly useful in implementing the Millennium Development Goals, the predecessor to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The current plan is the country’s 8th Five-Year Plan (FYP), spanning from 2020 to 2025. This plan will be crucial to realizing the SDGs by 2030.
The key focus of 8th FYP during the 2020-2025 period will be on creating sustainable jobs and reduction of poverty for inclusive growth. The 8th FYP also plans to ensure equal opportunities for all, mitigate the damages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and tackle the looming threat of climate change.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) project with support from UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals and Bangladesh Planning Commission’s General Economic Division has actively assisted the preparation of Bangladesh’s 8th FYP. The project provided technical support to add a separate chapter on the environment and climate change (Part 2, Chapter 8) in the 8th FYP and contributed to other chapters.
Poverty, environment, and climate change have been mainstreamed in the entire document. The discussion on poverty, environment and climate change in the five-year plan will direct the country’s policy strategies on the poverty-environment-climate nexus.
The country’s efforts in measuring the progress towards strategic objectives gained momentum following SCS4DG project’s intervention of including the Development Result Framework (DRF) in the FYPs. The DRF, containing 104 indicators for several SDGs, has been transformative in aligning the long-term strategic plans of the country with an evidenced-based approach to monitoring and evaluation. These indicators will help the government monitor and evaluate progress in the SDGs and assist in reaching the goals within the 2030 deadline with a priority on climate action, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability.
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The series Stories of Change 2021 was prepared by UNDP–UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals through the generous financial support of the Governments of Austria, Norway, Sweden and the European Union.