Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh: An Inclusive Framework under Local Governments

Sarkar, Md. Sujahangir Kabir, Okitasari, Mahesti, Ahsan, Md. Rajibul and Al-Amin, Abul Quasem, (2022). Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh: An Inclusive Framework under Local Governments. Sustainability, 14(17), 10817-n/a

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    Author Sarkar, Md. Sujahangir Kabir
    Okitasari, Mahesti
    Ahsan, Md. Rajibul
    Al-Amin, Abul Quasem
    Title Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh: An Inclusive Framework under Local Governments
    Appearing in Sustainability
    Volume 14
    Issue No. 17
    Publication Date 2022-08-30
    Place of Publication Basel
    Publisher MDPI
    Start page 10817
    End page n/a
    Language eng
    Abstract To accelerate the implementation of SDGs at the national level, policymakers and practitioners are focusing on localisation, where the local government (LG) can play a critical role. This paper examines the LG’s capacity and its existing link with the implementation of SDGs at the local level in Bangladesh, and it offers an inclusive framework for the SDGs’ localisation. The data was gathered through an in-depth interview of 10 chairmen of the Union Council (lowest tier of LG) in Northern Bangladesh’s Nilphamari district. An SWOT analysis of the local government was conducted to determine the organisation’s effectiveness and capacity in light of its vulnerabilities, threats, strengths, and opportunities. The data indicate that while the majority of LG representatives have some knowledge, participation, and perceptions about the SDGs, they demonstrate a great desire to gain additional knowledge and participation. The study ascertains SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), and SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation) as the most locally important SDGs relevant to the LG’s actions, based on the opinions of the surveyed respondents. The LG’s strengths were identified in their familiarity with local problems and the environment, as well as the presence of potential local stakeholders, while their weaknesses included a lack of capacity, resources, funding, and a lack of decentralisation and empowerment of the LG. This study develops an inclusive framework for the localisation of the SDGs under the leadership of LGs based on the findings. To expedite the localisation of the SDGs in Bangladesh, the framework recommends forming an SIC (SDG implementation committee) by including all key local stakeholders, and asking the national government to increase local competence and resources through an appropriate decentralisation of the LG.
    Keyword Localisation
    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Inclusive framework
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 20711050
    DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su141710817
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