Bangladesh: Evaluating Training and Professional Development Opportunities

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT), NCSC carried out a justice sector training needs assessment in February and March 2019 as part of the Strengthening Rule of Law Program in Bangladesh. The program focuses on justice sector responses to terrorism and terrorism-related crimes, including financial crime, in accordance with international best practices for the administration of justice.

NCSC’s training needs assessment included focus group discussions and interviews with more than 75 judges, prosecutors, and staff. The assessment identified training needs and professional development goals. In addition to interviews and focus groups, the assessment team observed court premises and court proceedings in all Dhaka and pilot district courts.  

The assessment report addresses both the training needs for judges and prosecutors and the capacity development for court staff.  Through interviews and focus groups, judges and prosecutors expressed their interest in further developing knowledge and skills related to applicable laws, while court staff wanted to address shortcomings in witness management, and to develop a model for caseload management. 

The Strengthening Rule of Law Program in Bangladesh is funded by CT and implemented by NCSC.