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Forestry Sector Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Bangladesh

Commitment, dedication, and right attitude among the implementing staff played a key role in involving the local poor in development activities related to plantation with enormous long-term potential for boosting their income. Changes in attitude usually take a long time. It is therefore advisable to allow enough time for desirable changes to occur.

The hiring of nongovernment organizations (NGOs) should have been more transparent and combined with strict monitoring and supervision by the employer. In the future, the charges for NGO services must be realistic and payment has to be linked with the delivery of agreed services.

Accountability mechanisms combined with incentive and penalty systems, if well enforced, will contribute significantly to the prompt delivery of outputs. An efficient executing agency (EA) and a good management team with committed and qualified staff members led by an experienced and efficient project director is the key to the successful implementation of a project. As regards training, success has to be judged not by its quantity but by its quality and effectiveness. The Project increased awareness among government and other stakeholders of the advantages of continuing participatory social forestry and other forestry development programs for the benefit of the sector as well as the rural people.

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