Aim and Objectives


To enable Westminster Parliamentarians to understand better the challenges faced by their Bangladeshi colleagues.


 A supporting and interlocking set of objectives, to:

1. Understand better the workings of the National Parliament of Bangladesh through exchanges with Bangladeshi colleagues on the:

1.01. Work of Committees, with particular reference to the Public Accounts Committee.

1.02. Procedural and legislative processes.

1.03. Working relationships between the Political Parties in Parliament.

1.04. Role of the Speaker.

1.05. Role of the Whips.

1.06. Relationship between Parliament and the media.

1.07. Relationship between Parliamentarians and Civil Society Organisations.

2. Learn more about poverty reduction strategies in Bangladesh with special focus on:

2.01. Education and literacy rates.

2.02. The empowerment of women (through micro-finance schemes).

2.03. Health and education programmes to tackle diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and dysentery.

2.04. Water and sanitation.

3. Gain a better insight into the impacts of climate change on Bangladesh through briefings on:

3.01. Rural and urban communities and the different challenges faced by both.

3.02. The introduction and execution of climate change-related legislation.

3.03. Flooding and disaster preparedness.

3.04. International aid programmes with emphasis on those implemented by DFID and the EU.

4. Visit constituencies – as part of meetings Objectives 2 and 3.