Rights & Justice Program
Responsiveness of public service institutions and human rights are mutually reinforcing. The true test of “good” governance is the degree to which it delivers on the promise of human rights through its various institutions: civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. The targets under SDG 16 highlight several concepts that may be viewed as institutional principles: effectiveness, transparency, accountability, anti-corruption, inclusiveness of decision-making processes, access to information, non-discrimination of laws and policies. Despite significant progress in various economic and social indicators, Bangladesh is yet far away from ensuring rights of its people through responsive public institutions. Particularly promotion of rights of the marginalized and poor community, women, children and youth, enhancing their access to public service institutions and formulation of pro-people policy are critical for inclusive development. Rights and Justice Program intends to promote rights of the people through responsive public service delivery institutions. To that end, WAVE Foundation coordinates various networks and alliances to implement and organize different activities under this program. It uses micro level experiences for macro level policy reform advocacy. Organization has successfully involved different stakeholders and brought them together for pursuing different campaign and advocacy issues. Currently, WAVE implements two projects under this program.
The major objective of Right to Food Campaign is to share experiences of civil societies’ movements and strengthening contact with all concerned organizations, institutions, partners & networks and ensure right to food and nutritional security for all the people of the country. It aims to promote investment in agriculture and food systems by accelerating coherent and transparent policies, laws and regulations based on equitable, inclusive, and gender sensitive governance structures in the context of Bangladesh. Right to Food Bangladesh is conducting Right to Food Campaign and undertaking multifaceted activities to accelerate the ‘Legal Framework on Right to Food’ and other relevant issues by engaging different entities with its perspectives and strategies while WAVE Foundation has been playing the facilitating role.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improving access to justice for disadvantaged and marginalized groups in Bangladesh through establishing village courts in project targeted (1080) unions of Bangladesh. The specific objectives of the new phase are to make local authorities more responsive to local justice needs and offer appropriate legal services in the form of well-functioning village courts and to empower local people, especially women, the poor and vulnerable groups to seek remedies for injustices and to resolve their disputes at the local level in an expeditious, transparent and affordable manner. The project activities focus on Promote and protect human rights security through devising a human rights-based approach in programming and delivery system; Strengthen local government institutions to the responsive to local needs and other approaches legal service through well-functioning Village Courts. The Local Government Division (LGD), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives have initiated the `Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Phase II Projects’ with the partnership of UNDP and European Union (EU). This Project is implemented by WAVE Foundation in 248 Unions at 29 Upazillas in 6 districts named Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Patuakhali, Barguna and Bhola under the Khulna and Barisal division.