Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and as such, land is a highly demanded resource in a country with relatively high population growth, environmental degradation and rising sea levels. Despite substantial efforts over recent decades to modernise land records, much remains to be done as many land records are still kept manually and the existence of duplicate and fraudulent titles compounds the problem. In this vein, the objectives of the EU’s Access to Land Programme have been to develop a national land policy and related sub-policies to establish an authoritative record of ownership of land. In this regard, the objectives of this AETS-commissioned assignment are to: • Provide an overall assessment of past performance of the intervention ‘Strengthening Access to Land and Property Rights for all Citizens of Bangladesh’ programme; • Identify key lessons learned and make recommendations in order to improve current and future action; • Prepare a concept paper related to possible future EU support. The mid-term review will focus on the Government-Civil Society partnership and provide an assessment of all components (National Policy Reforms, Legal and Institutional Audit, Capacity Building of the Ministry of Land, Public Education and Awareness and a digital survey of land records) of the project against the five DAC criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact). Where applicable, the evaluation report will also demonstrate EC added value, coherence with the EU’s strategy in Bangladesh, the EU’s support to land reform and also the quality and strength of the partnership between all stakeholders of the programme.

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