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NEWS & EVENTS
29 October 2021

The 'Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG)' project of UNDP Bangladesh and General Economics Division (GED), with the support of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals project through the financial support of the Governments of Austria, Sweden, and the European Union jointly organized a two-day residential training workshop on 'Partnership for the goals in SDG Reporting' on 27-29 October 2021 as part of developing the necessary capacity of the public officials. The workshop aspires to enhance the implementing agencies' capacity and knowledge about the concepts and methodology for compiling SDG indicator 17.15.1- Extent of use of country-owned results frameworks and planning tools by providers of development cooperation.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Shamsul Alam, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Planning as Chief Guest, while Ms. Sheela Tasneem Haque, Senior Program Analyst (Governance Cluster), UNDP Bangladesh has also joined; and the whole session was chaired by Mr. Md. Mafidul Islam, Chief (Additional Secretary), General Economics Division (GED). In total, 28 participants have attended the workshop from different ministries/divisions/agencies, including GED, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Local Government Division, Statistics and Informatics Division, and BBS.

This training workshop aimed to provide detailed concepts and methodology on SDG indicator 17.15.1 to strengthen the responsible ministries' capacity and knowledge for compiling indicator 17.15.1. The workshop also explored the data gaps for follow-up activities and review this indicator to align with the country's revised monitoring and evaluation framework. It has helped the participants to update and share the knowledge and increase awareness and enhanced the SDG focal point officials' capacity and other critical stakeholders on SDG indicator 17.15.1.

Ms. Rebekah Chew, Policy Specialist-Effective, Development Cooperation and Mr. Yoshinori Asada, Policy Analyst, from UNDP Bureau for Policy and Program/Effectiveness Group has taken a significant virtual session on " Overview, Scoring and computation methodology of Indicator 17.15.1" to give an overview of the data collection and validation process, data sources and reporting system of the SDG indicator 17.15.1.

At the end of the workshop, participants have gained skills to work on this indicator and train others in their organizations as well as other organizations, and shared the good practices learned from this training. Few key recommendations came up in this training workshop such as identification of key actors for SDG 17, engaging other key ministries, departments.

Besides, Mr Fakrul Ahsan, the Chief Technical Advisor, SC4SDG project has shared a significant presentation on SDG Localization which is planned to be started in coming days. The presentation reflected how SC4SDG project will move forward with SDG Localization.

Closing remarks from the dignitaries

Link to the workshop's report:
 
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After the two-day long training workshop, to ensure the successful implementation of this action, in his closing remarks, Dr. Shamsul Alam, Dr. Shamsul Alam, Honorable State Minister of Planning, Ministry of Planning has mentioned about few key areas such as all the Five-Year Plan has had some sort of budget and investment plans. There was no provision for mid-term evaluation until the 5th FYP and after that there was a shift toward more strategy in the plan. There are 64 indicators on the issue of international cooperation. Localization of SDGs is important because it reinforces each other and is at the implementation level. He mentioned that what level of localization will be done- Upazila, union, etc. We stayed at the Upazila level because all the government agencies are active at this level. He added that the central coordination committee can take responsibility for SDG localization. At the end of his closing remarks, he mentioned that the SDGs are a great branding opportunity for Bangladesh, and GED must play a big role here.
 
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Ms. Sheela Tasneem Haq, Senior Policy Analyst, UNDP Bangladesh has also joined in the event. In her remarks she has mentioned that UNDP is also thinking of how to work on SDG localization through the different projects of UNDP Bangladesh. She has added that UNDP has conducted a study on zilla parishads recently as well. In her remarks, she said data quality needs to be revisited, and there needs to be mapping of where data gaps exist. She emphasized on the way we use AI in data gathering in these covid times, we need to see how to integrate this in Bangladesh. She concluded with the note that UNDP Bangladesh will continue to help brand Bangladesh and work together with the Government of Bangladesh.
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