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The Municipal Association of Bangladesh collaborates with international organizations and local government to provide the best possible services. For excellent governance to be achieved in Bangladesh, administrative decentralization is required. Municipalities are a significant level of local government organizations that influence the advantages of administrative decentralization. In order to provide its residents with the advantages of urbanization, municipalities play important roles and functions. Thus, it is imperative to address the matter of Municipality strengthening and empowerment.

Local government officials in developing nations are required to do additional duties on top of their mandated responsibilities. For instance, they must educate the public on the responsibilities and tasks of local governments. The central government frequently takes its time giving local government institutions legal authority and powers. Seldom is there a move to define the powers and responsibilities of Local Government Institutions and the Parliament in order to provide a check and balance.To better the lives of their constituents, the municipality must become an active and effective organization, as acknowledged by all elected mayors, council members, and other authorities. The Municipal Association of Bangladesh (MAB) was established in July 2003 with this goal in mind. Ever since its establishment, MAB has been proactively coordinating its endeavors to advocate for the decentralization and democracy of Bangladesh’s local government system by uniting voices. Decentralization and democratization were seen as key agenda items at several seminars and workshops that MAB arranged. In order to depart from the traditional understanding of the phrase “local governance,” which originated from a colonial centralized system to grant local people little responsibilities, the open debates and brainstorming sessions also presented multidimensional viewpoints of the term. The group prioritizes policy advocacy for democracy and decentralization in the local government system since the current notion of local governance needs to be implemented into the social platform.

Over the past few years, MAB has carried out several initiatives as a collective platform for the municipalities. Through consultation, it has identified the municipality’s limitations and made recommendations to the government for their resolution. Additionally, MAB has made several steps to significantly improve the accomplishments of the local officials.

  • To raise united voice in favor of the whole Municipality of Bangladesh.
  • To initiate integration program approach in strengthening MAB platform.  

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