DI-Bangladesh Moves Forward with Fellowship Program and New Center for Women and Youth in Rangpur

As part of its Democratic Participation and Reform (DPR) program in Bangladesh, Democracy International is launching this month a new local center for women and youth in the northwestern Bangladeshi city of Rangpur. It will be the fifth of seven planned DI-supported regional offices in Bangladesh, following the ones already operating in Bogra, Khulna, Sylhet, and Chittagong.

The regional centers are a crucial part of DI’s efforts to strengthen the political engagement of women and youth in politicalparties in Bangladesh. DI’s DPR program, funded by USAID, works with Bangladeshi political parties, civil society groups, and women and young people to encourage democratic, issue-based politics and a broader, more inclusive base of political party activists.

Some of the planned activities for the new Rangpur center include information sessions on research skills, communications, advocacy, and public speaking. The Rangpur center will also be part of the first round of the Developing Young Leaders Fellowships. As part of this initiative, DI has selected 12 outstanding young political activists in Bangladesh to participate in an intensive training session in Dhaka on political party operations, including connecting better with young people, outreach to women, media relations, and using technology to improve party effectiveness. The fellows will then do a rotation in one or more of DI’s regional offices to support increased participation at the local level. The fellows were nominated by local leaders from the four leading Bangladeshi political parties: Awami League, BNP,Jatiya Party, and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Learn more about DI’s program in Bangladesh here.