PRODIGY has developed the knowledge and skills of 540 young people to engage the wider community through volunteer activities including youth club activities, theatre performances, internships with local government, community radio programs and public dialogues, creating platforms and channels to ensure that the wider community has access to government information. These 540 young people (aged 18 to 30, 50% female) have been given the skills to assess whether local government bodies are fulfilling their commitments and responding to citizens’ needs. Stressing the need for social inclusivity and equal participation, the focus in PRODIGY is on women, the poor and marginalised groups.
The 540 trained young people have been promoting civic participation and advocating the principles of integrity, accountability, transparency, inclusivity at the heart of good governance in its focus areas of 15 Union Parishads (rural) and wards (urban) across three divisions in Bangladesh.
The three strands of PRODIGY are: