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Final Evaluation of Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project - Phase II
Commissioning Unit: Bangladesh
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bangladesh
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

A country-wide scale-up can be initiated to uplift the justice situation and sustainable VC.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

Agreed. 

A high-level tripartite meeting was held on 25th of November 2021 with a major agenda on deciding the agency-wise funding arrangement among LGD, EU, and UNDP for country-wide scale-up of AVCB Project activities. Honourable Minister, MoLGRD&C presided over the meeting, and Senior Secretary, LGD, Head of Cooperation, European Union in Bangladesh, and Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh attended the meeting. In the meeting, LGD, European Union, and UNDP have agreed and committed to country-wide scale-up and contribute to the five-year final phase of the AVCB Project. Meanwhile, a formulation mission has been deployed to design the project.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare necessary Project documents (Financial Agreement- between ERD and EU, Contribution Agreement -between UNDP and EU, ProDoc -among ERD, LGD and UNDP and TAPP by planning division) and get it approved.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/25]
UNDP, EU and LGD 2022/07 Initiated UNDP sent ProDoc to the ERD, and LGD sent TAPP to the Planning Commission to start the process of approval of both documents, aiming to start the nationwide scale-up project in 4457 unions from 01 July 2022. In addition, Financial Agreement and Contribution agreement are under approval process. History
Organize Tripartite Meeting among the EU, LGD, and UNDP to finalize the result tree, budget, activities, and LFA as well as agency wise contribution.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/03/23]
UNDP, EU and LGD 2022/03 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The 7th PSC meeting was held on 31 January 2021 in presence of EU, LGD and UNDP’s personnel instead of a tripartite meeting. The PSC made the decision on the future programme for countrywide scaling up and developing project documents for the five-year final phase of the AVCB project in the meeting. In addition, the PSC agreed with the total budget for the project, activities and agency wise contribution in the PSC meeting.]
History
Complete recruitment of PMU staff
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/25]
UNDP and LGD 2022/09 Not Initiated History
Commence implementation of Country-wide scale-up project
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/25]
UNDP, EU and LGD 2022/10 Not Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

The VC Act 2006 need to be amended based on the consultation with different stakeholder.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

Agreed. 

AVCB II project has been providing support to the LGD to amend the VC Act, 2006. Meanwhile, the project has conducted a series of stakeholders consultations at the local and national levels and drafted an amendment proposal incorporating recommendations of consultations, and submitted it to the LGD. LGD has forwarded it to the Cabinet Division for verification. The proposal is under review process by the Technical Committee of the Cabinet Division.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Facilitate Cabinet Division to complete review/ assessment by Technical Committee.
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/25]
LGD, and UNDP 2022/08 Completed The technical committee has completed the review of the submitted amendment proposal. The submitted amendment proposal of the Village Court (Amendment) Act, 2022 has been forwarded for approval to the Cabinet. History
Carry out policy advocacy with the concerned stakeholders to expedite the formalities for amending the VC Act, 2006
[Added: 2022/01/29] [Last Updated: 2022/06/25]
LGD, and UNDP 2022/12 Not Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

To keep continue the village court service after the end of the project, human resources need to be ensured at UP level to assist UP to run village courts with proper documentation.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

Agreed. 

Ensuring Human resources at the UP level is the responsibility of LGD where the project has no control. However, the AVCB-II project has been supporting and providing technical assistance to LGD to ensure the recruitment of human resources (Accountant Assistant-cum-Computer Operator- AACO) at the UP level to assist UP for the effective functioning of village courts. Till December 2021, around 1,500 AACOs have been recruited, and recruitment of around 800 AACOs (eight Hundred) is under process. Many districts could not complete recruitment due to writ petitions filed in the High Court against the recruitment process. The pending review petitions lying before the Appellate Division (the highest tier court) for final hearing have recently appeared in the cause list and have been short-listed for hearing.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Advocacy with LGD to ensure recruitment of AACOs in all UPs of Bangladesh.
[Added: 2022/01/29]
UNDP and LGD 2022/12 Initiated
Monitor the status of AACO’s recruitment and share with LGD to take necessary measures
[Added: 2022/01/29]
UNDP and LGD 2022/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Capacity building and awareness-raising activities need to be strengthened to increase the use of village courts.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/29]

Agreed.
Under the country-wide scale-up of the AVCB Project (July 2022-June 2027), the project will strengthen the capacity of VC’s service providers and increase awareness of service recipients and other relevant stakeholders to increase the use of village courts.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Strengthen the capacity of duty bearers of VCs at national and local levels to ensure Village Courts function fairly and effectively.
[Added: 2022/01/29]
UNDP and LGD 2026/06 Not Initiated
Increase awareness of the local population on VCs and its function to improve access to justice/ dispute resolution.
[Added: 2022/01/29]
UNDP and LGD 2026/06 Not Initiated

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