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The Journey for Advancement for Transparency, Representation and Accountability (JATRA) project was implemented by CARE Bangladesh with a GPSA grant to strengthen participatory governance processes in the public finance management systems of 15 Union Parishads in Nilphamari and Gaibandha districts of Northwest Bangladesh so that they are more transparent and accountable. The efforts under JATRA project were geared towards capacitating poor and marginalised citizens to participate in key decision making spaces. Simultaneously there were efforts to get the public finance management systems of Union Parishad more robust and transparent, and aligned with legislative and policy mandates.

The Final Evaluation of JATRA project aimed at developing a clear and independent view on performance of the project in achieving its stated objectives and results. The evaluation exercise also looked at the conditions in which JATRA project achieved results, so that these learning could inform improvements in social accountability strategies, programs and projects.

The evaluation highlights that ‘Change in mindset’ of both Union Parishad functionaries as well as citizens is the most significant achievement of JATRA project. Towards achieving this feat, the project leveraged legislative and programmatic policy provisions to pursue strategies of building and capacitating citizens’ coalition, together with encouraging pro-poor orientation and responsiveness on the part of elected UP officials.

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