National Engagement Strategy
As of 2015, NES Bangladesh's achievements includes:
- Establishing a national partnership and framework to monitor national land corruption;
- Increasing public and media awareness on land and water grabbing;
- Contributing to the Agricultural Land Protection and Land Use Act (2014), which is under draft revision;
- Succeeding to advocate for positive amendments to the Vested Property (VP) Return Act, with favourable result for minority and marginalized groups. More than 500,000 victims families are now entering into a legal process to reclaim their land;
- Organising consultation meetings, seminars, trainings and mobilization campaigns on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Women’s access to land to raise awareness and propose solutions on these marginalised group
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Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with a total population of about 161 million living within a territory of barely 144,000 square kilometres, and mostly dependent on agriculture. In the absence of effective agrarian reform, insecurity of tenure for small landholders and landless women and men who live on and from the land have become issues that affect the human rights, community livelihoods, food security, and food sovereignty of grassroots communities.
The aim of the ILC country level strategy in Bangladesh is to enhance the national multi-stakeholder partnership to initiate dialogues on a broad range of issues related to land governance in Bangladesh, and thereby promote the effective formulation, improvement, and implementation of land-related policies. In this regard, the strategy has prioritized 'khas land' distribution, the Vested Properties Return Act of 2011, collaborations with Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on monitoring of land governance related corruption, and the establishment of a National Indigenous Peoples Commission through policy dialogues and media campaigns on Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The platform has also initiated consultations linked to relevant global processes such as the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) at the national level to raise awareness on land grabs.