A Review of Local Government Institutions (LGIs) in Bangladesh

  • Jannatul Ferdaus Department of Public Administration, Comilla University
  • Saudia Hossain Department of Public Administration, Comilla University
Keywords: Local government institution, Governance, Politics, Bureaucracy, Bangladesh


In Bangladesh, several renowned organizations are abundantly spoken roughly from which local government (LG) is one of them. Local Government Institutions (LGIs) take vigorous legal as well as the valid basis. This has a great legacy of inheritances for forming and developing LGIs, however the definite nature and performances in this form of organizations to increase people’s involvement and increase democratic practice which is seen very limited – because of too much central involvement, and misapplication and influence by domineering governments to preserve their supremacy. The present study gives a reflective look at the development and working on local governance in a decentralized form in Bangladesh, focusing on the key trends, features, and challenges. The study mainly rests on the analysis of secondary elements. LGI is still not strong and as well as not properly structured nor have enough capability consistent with the Constitutional provision but contain characteristics of deconcentration more than the pure practice of decentralization. The study is secondary literature based in nature. The findings of the present study recommend that, regardless of having the Constitutional acknowledgement of the formation of an independent and a solid local government organization, the political governance of Bangladesh has introduced diverse transformations to get variations in the organization of the LGIs in the forename of decentralization. Yet, the key aims after most of the restructurings have been to support their political ground in a certain region. Consequently, these organizations could not be well-known as a heart of progress where societies would have the authority to observe and govern their areas.

Author Biographies

Jannatul Ferdaus, Department of Public Administration, Comilla University

Jannatul Ferdous is serving as an Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Comilla University, Bangladesh. She received the B. S. S. (Hons) degree and M. S. S. degree in Public Administration from University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2008 and 2009 respectively. She completed her M. Phil in Public Administration, University of Dhaka. At present, she is doing a PhD. at Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka. She is a contributor to a number of research articles in various reputed national and international journals and five books. Currently, she is serving as a Chair of the technical committee of ‘Combating Gender-Based Violence’ project of UN Women. Her current interest in research includes governance, e-governance, trust, civil service system, gender, public policy, climate change, gender and development.

Saudia Hossain, Department of Public Administration, Comilla University

Saudia Hossain accomplished her M. S. S. and B. S. S. degree in Public Administration from Comilla University, Comilla, Bangladesh in 2011 and 2012 respectively. She acted as a former intern of mPower Social Enterprise Ltd. as a research and data analysts on the subject matter of e-primary education. She devoted herself on numerous research work from where one article published on an international journal. In the future, she hopes to continue her research work on the field of local government, issues on climate change, decentralization of government work etc.

How to Cite
Ferdaus, J., & Hossain, S. (2020). A Review of Local Government Institutions (LGIs) in Bangladesh. Journal of Governance and Integrity, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.15282/jgi.3.2.2020.5310
JGI Vol. 3, Issue 2, July 2020