Volume 3 | Number 2
Online Version: ISSN No: 2709-0590
Print Version: ISSN No: 2708-2490
Price: BDT: 750.00, USD: 25.00
Publish Date: 01, January 2023
Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury and Saharin Priya Shaoun
COVID-19, as an emerging catastrophe, posed unprecedented challenges with global socio-economic, political, and policy ramifications. Being a densely populated country, Bangladesh has seen the effects of the pandemic since March 2020. As a democratic republic, the local government system (LGS) is expected to play a significant role in governance to deal with this immeasurable crisis requiring a comprehensive governmental action plan. This research aims to investigate the country's local government system during the pandemic. Generally, the government struggled immensely to cope with the challenges it had to face. As an integral part of the state structure, LGS also faced numerous challenges for various reasons, including financial, political and policy limitations in tackling the crisis. The study found an absence of cooperation, coordination, and communication between the central government and local bodies. There were also difficulties with transparency and accountability that needed to be addressed correctly. Under these circumstances, the study will aim to demonstrate the country's local government responses to the pandemic. The research will follow a qualitative approach using secondary data and case study-based analysis.