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6 December, 2018 01:31:52 AM
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Local govt ‘best suited to implement SDGs’

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Local govt ‘best suited to implement SDGs’

Experts at a dialogue, yesterday, said that local governments are critical for turning Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into a reality for communities, households, and individuals, particularly for those who are at the risk of falling behind.

They said that local communities and actors are best placed to understand the collective needs, challenges, and capacities and, therefore, key partners to achieve this agenda.

They were speaking at a dialogue titled “Let the Grassroots speak: Localising SDGs for inclusive development” jointly organise by Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and Oxfam at a city hotel.

Speaking on the occasion, Shamsul Alam, member of the Planning Commission said that local government can be termed as the linchpin of good governance to attain political, economic, and social welfare, especially of the peripheral and marginal groups of people within the state.

“Local governance promotes rural income and livelihood opportunities. The main avenue for income and livelihood generation is through local infrastructure development which provides seasonal wage employment,” he said.

Shamsul said the key role local government has to play is in setting, implementing, and monitoring the SDGs. The necessary enabling legal and policy framework must be in place.

“Strong intergovernmental relations between local and central government (horizontal and vertical) and clarity of roles and functions, including with key sectoral ministries such as water, education, and health, are essential to successful localisation of the SDGs,” he said.

The Planning Commission member said that while the SDGs are primarily a collection of global and national targets, local level action is at the heart of them, just as in the case of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

“Local community action is essential to the achievement of the SDGs, for the simple reason that as the rung of administration that is nearest to the people, it is best placed to design and implement locally relevant policies aligned to local priorities,” he said.

Shahin Anam, executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, said that women need to be involved at all levels. The achievement of gender equality and the full participation of women in public and private spheres is essential to accelerate local economic development, she said.

She said, in a democratic framework, a development plan of any kind should ideally match the needs & priorities of the society, and this is particularly true in the case of plans allocating use of public financial resources for local level development works.

“Traditionally, development works have been carried out in silos, in that different departments of administration, each with their own set of objectives of effectuating

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