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Good Practice: TIB’s technical assistance in developing a good governance roadmap for LGED

 

 
 
When TI-Bangladesh initiated a study three years ago on Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), the country’s lead agency for developing the rural infrastructure, the concerned authorities were reluctant to cooperate. This soon changed as a result of persistent efforts by TIB’s dedicated researchers following which LGED officials provided full cooperation by way of information sharing, organizing meetings to acquaint the researchers with the agency’s operation and procurement process including monitoring and control mechanisms. It also provided feedback and inputs into the draft report. Finally, the findings of TIB’s study titled ‘Local Government Engineering Department: Problems of Good Governance and the Way Forward’ was presented before senior LGED officials, local government experts and academics during a roundtable on 22 August, 2013. This study was jointly conducted by Nahid Sharmin, Program Manager (In-charge) and Shahzada M Akram, Senior Program Manager of TIB’s Research and Policy Division.
Several rounds of discussions with the authorities
 
 
 
and development partners, who had a keen interest in the area, followed. Under this first ever consulting project for TIB funded by ADB, TIB has been assigned the responsibility to provide technical assistance to LGED to: a) identify governance and fiduciary risks, and b) develop a road map to ensure good governance of LGED.
 

 
TIB has been assigned the responsibility to provide technical assistance to LGED
 

 
It will include achievable immediate, intermediate and long-term actions requiring further funding, to be developed and operationalized by LGED.
The implementation of this initiative will take place in consultation with the LGD Ethics Committee chaired by the Secretary, LGD, where the LGED Chief Engineer is a member.
 
 
TIB has already formed a team of specialists with expertise in key areas of governance, procurement, public auditing, human resources management and monitoring and evaluation for risk identification and development of a roadmap. The assignment is expected to be completed by August 2015. When fully implemented, this roadmap will lead to enhancing transparency and effectiveness in LGED operations and improving its capacity to manage risks.
The above example testifies that due diligence and commitment are critical for winning over TIB’s stakeholders through evidence-based research and advocacy.