The LCG is composed of 32 Bangladesh-based representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors of the BDF and the Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), representing the Government. In May 2000, the LCG structure was reviewed by a high-level donor panel and an LCG Executive Committee was created to jointly steer the work of the group. The members of the Executive Committee are selected by the full LCG, on a rotating basis. The current members are: ADB, Sweden, UK (DFID), USAID, the UN and the World Bank. In addition, in June 2005, it was agreed that the role of chair/convenor of the LCG would similarly be assigned by rotation. Current chair of the LCG Plenary is USAID.
Between 1988 and 1998, there were some 113 LCG meetings, averaging between 8 and 12 per year. The main focus of the LCG meetings has been to prepare for and follow-up on BDF annual meetings, to discuss development strategies to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and to achieve specific development and poverty reduction goals set out by GoB and development partners in Bangladesh.LCG Working Groups
In order to facilitate more in-depth dialogue and collaboration on specific sectors or thematic areas, 18 LCG Working Groups are in operation. Currently there are 08 sectoral working groups addressing Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development, water management, water supply and sanitation, education, Health Nutrition and Population, energy, Transport and Communication, and urban. There are nine thematic working groups addressing poverty, women's advancement and gender equality, governance, Aid Effectiveness, Private Sector Development and Trade, Climate Change & Environment, ICT – Digital Bangladesh, macro-economic and Disaster & Emergency Relief. There is also one region-specific working group for addressing development issues in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
There is considerable variation in the operational intensity of the Working Groups. Whereas some Working Groups meet at regular/frequent intervals, others meet on a less frequent and ad-hoc basis, as and when needed. The mandates of each of the working Groups also vary, with some focusing more on technical or working-level collaboration, and others focusing on more strategic or policy-related issues. The flexibility of the Working Group structure means that the members themselves can decide on the focus and operational procedures of each group. The degree of Government participation in the LCG Working Groups also varies from group to group, some with joint chairmanship of Government, and others remaining largely donors only, with Government and other stakeholders (eg civil society organisations, private sector, the media) participating on specific topics. LCG Working Groups guidelines have been drafted to guide the work of the Working Groups.
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