Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The partnership between Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSPI) and the Government of Bangladesh represented by the Governance Innovation Unit (GIU) has been formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in August 2015. GIU monitors the performances of the other ministries through Annual Progress Agreement (APA) which is working on incorporating SDG indicators along with the existing key performance indicators. CUSPI in this partnership is aiming at providing technical support to GIU, providing training and education to the government officials from different ministries and departments.

Implementation methodologies

The primary methodology of the implementation of the SDGs in Bangladesh will be addressed by capacity building. The senior government officials will receive a two month course on "SDG Leadership". These officials upon return to the country will pursue sustainable development projects and other sustainability issues in their respective ministries. Curtin will also provide various levels of training and education to the mid level and junior government officials who work directly with people at the rural areas.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The capacity building will take place through training and education in both Bangladesh and Australia. It will include sharing development experiences, case studies and site visits along with structured courses.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

CUSPI has an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow based in Bangladesh to maintain the regular communication with the partners. CUSPI has appointed a University Associate who is dividing his time between Bangladesh and Australia to maintain liaison on both sides. The institute also has appointed a Program Coordinator based in the Curtin University campus in Australia who is regularly assisting the Director of CUSPI on the partnership issues.


Governance Innovation Unit (GIU), Prime Minister Office of Bangladesh, Ministry of Public Administration, Bangladesh Rural Development Board and Cutrin University Sustainability Policy Institute of Australia
April 2016
Conducting workshop in Bangladesh
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 4
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
CUSPI has 3 academics who are entirely devoting their time to work on this partnership. However, the other staffs are providing supports and technical expertise.
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Bangladesh
Date of completion: 08/2021
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Asif Siddiqui,

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