Considered a rising star in South Asia, Bangladesh has demonstrated considerable economic progress over the last two decades. At the same time, social upheaval, political conflict, and a narrowing space for civil society pose major challenges, stalling the development of inclusive, transparent, and democratic institutions. Limited understanding
of governmental regulation and oversight of civil society activities are broadly believed to have limited the civil society sector’s ability to pursue advocacy and rights-based campaigns.
The goal of the USAID-funded Promoting Advocacy and Rights (PAR) project is to strengthen the enabling environment for sustained civil society institutions advancing democratic governance and citizen participation in Bangladesh.