Towards Good Urban Local Governance in Bangladesh: Lessons learnt from Japanese Local Government System to Overcome the Challenges

  • Mohammad Nashir Uddin Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
Keywords: urban local governance, regulatory issues, local government finance, administrative/management, environment and disaster management, Bangladesh


Rapid increase of size and demands of the urban population are causing manifold challenges for urban local governance in Bangladesh whereas Japan has successfully tackled similar challenges during last half century by adopting various policy measures at considerable cost. Among those, Bangladesh might easily consider several for her urban governance and development. This paper attempted to find out some policy options that Bangladesh could adopt from Japanese practices and experiences. Accordingly, an explanatory-descriptive design has been employed for content analysis in order to draw logical arguments regarding local autonomy, city governance, local assembly, financial autonomy, environmental and disaster management. Finally, the study concludes that lesson learning is essential but is neither sufficient nor indicative of an exact path to follow.

Author Biography

Mohammad Nashir Uddin, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet-3114