January 6, 2011
Following the launch of the Horizontal Learning Center, the Horizontal Learning Program Thematic Workshop on Union Coordination Committee Meeting (UCCM) was held on 13 December, 2010 at National Institute of Local Government (NILG) jointly organized by Local Government Division (LGD), Ministry of Local Government Rural Development & Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C), NILG, Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank, in Collaboration with SDC, Intercooperation, DASCOH, Plan Bangladesh, Water Aid, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, NGO Forum, VERC, VSO and others.
To improve cooperation amongst the union parishads, Nation Building Departments (NBD), non-government organizations (NGO) and community people, the UCCM has been initiated by the Participatory Rural Development Project-2 (PRDP-2) implemented by JICA and Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) since 2005. This workshop shared the basic concepts of UCCM, the progress in institutionalization of UCCMand the lessons learned from UPs on the functioning of UCCM. The lessons learned on the replication of UCCM through the Horizontal Learning Program shall be incorporated into the on-going training conducted by Local Government Training Institutes, such as NILG, BARD and RDA Bogra.
Mr. Abu Alam Md. Shahid Khan, Secretary, Local Government Division, MoLGRD&C was present as chief guest while Dr. Takao Toda, Chief Representative, JICA Bangladesh was present as the guest of honour. Mr. Syed Mahboob Hasan, Additional Secreatry of LGD and Md. Humayun Khalid, Director General, BRDB were also present as special guest. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Kabir M. Ashraf Alam, Director General, NILG.