One of the relatively understated issues concerning implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) happens to be the role of non-state actors (NSAs), who include the private sectors, non-government development organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs).

In this connection, the present publication, prepared under the aegis of the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, can be distinguished by its two main features. First, it embodies a unique set of works undertaken by the NSAs in Bangladesh in the context of the state of delivery of the SDGs. Second, this invaluable compendium is the outcome of an extraordinary participatory process which was initiated on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As Bangladesh prepares for its second Voluntary National Review (VNR), to be presented at the HLPF 2020, this publication is offered as an input for that preparatory process. It may also provide guidance to the country’s development NGOs and private sector for contributing in the HLPF 2020.

This is ­first ever intellectual contribution on sustainable development in Bangladesh through a non-government lens, this book is a unique analytical output that has been generated through a remarkable participatory process. The idea for this special compendium was conceived by the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, and later validated by concerned government officials, representatives from the private sector, international development partners, media professionals and Platform’s partners, through focused consultations and presentations at a national conclave and a policy dialogue in New York during the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2019.

The book offers a set of reports that evaluate the development progress of Bangladesh, with special reference to the role of non-state actors, in the six Goal areas identifi­ed to be reviewed at the HLPF 2019: Quality Education (Goal 4); Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8); Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10); Climate Action (Goal 13); Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Goal 16); and Partnerships for the Goals (Goal 17). In the process, the reports identify key partnership challenges and possible approaches in moving forward.

Edited by: Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, CPD

ISBN 978-984-34-8749-0

Publishing period: February 2020

Published by: Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh

Secretariat: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)


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