20 February, 2017

Legal Aid Officers Increase Financial Management and e-Procurement Capacity

Last Updated: 20 February 2017


On February 19, 2017, USAID’s Justice for All Program (JFA) and the National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) organized a workshop on e-Procurement and Financial Management in Dhaka. Sixteen Judges who are working as District Legal Aid Officers in different districts participated in the workshop. The Acting Director of NLASO, Mr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman, attended as chief guest at the workshop while Mr. Harold D. Dampier, Jr., JFA Chief of Party joined as special a guest.   


The e-Procurement and Financial management workshop was specially designed for District Legal Aid Officers. The day-long workshop provided practical knowledge on proper procurement and financial management of legal aid offices.


Director Rahman thanked USAID and JFA for organizing the well-timed workshop and noted that, “The Bangladesh government is transitioning to e-procurement to bring more transparency and accountability in financial management.”


Mr. Harold D. Dampier, Jr., JFA Chief of Party, noted that “this training will provide DLAOs additional tools and technical knowledge on procurement and financial management that will help them to comply fully with government financial compliances.”


The participants learned methods of procurement with emphasis on e-procurement policies and procedures and different tools and techniques on how to manage financial issues in  thelegal aid offices. Ms. Shupria Rahman, DLAO of Mymensingh commented that, “e-procurement is a very new concept to us, but this workshop was well designed and it helped me very much to understand the basics of e-procurement and complex financial issues easily. We will be able to carry-out our responsibilities in a much better way.”


JFA provides technical assistance to strengthen the delivery of legal aid services at the local level in thirteen pilot districts under its Objective 1: Strengthen Legal Aid Service Delivery. Assistance is designed to ensure efficient management of the legal aid office and caseload; enhance the quality and responsiveness of service delivery by the legal aid office and panel lawyers; activate local-level committees for referral and awareness at the grassroots level; and conduct public outreach and information campaigns on the availability of legal aid services.