Decentralization in Bangladesh: Promises, Performances and Politics

  • David Hulme
  • Noore Alam Siddiquee
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Since decolonization in 1947, successive governments in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) have promised to improve the quality of services available to the population. At the heart of such strategies has been the belief that services should be delivered primarily by the public sector. Several major reforms have been introduced over the past decades, generally under the banner of ‘decentralization’. Thus, policy in Bangladesh has followed the global trend towards an emphasis on decentralization and strengthening institutions at lower levels. These decentralization policies have attempted to improve service delivery by transferring responsibilities from national-and district-level authorities down to the lower levels of thana (police post area) and union. This chapter analyses the major developments that have taken place in recent years and charts the current trends and emerging issues.


Local Government Local Body Decentralization Policy International Food Policy Research Institute Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee 
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