BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University is a resource centre for
promoting research and creating knowledge in areas of governance, economic growth, political economy, urbanisation, gender issues, sustainable development, and regional studies.It was established in June 2013 through the merger of the then Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) and the BRAC Development Institute (BDI), two institutes of BRAC University. As a post graduate resource centre, BIGD is devoted to specialised research on a range of governance and development concerns, as well as the nexus between the two intertwined areas. It conducts research around five broad clusters, i.e., economic growth, governance and politics, urbanisation, gender issues, and regional studies. BIGD’s research is aimed at supporting its academic and training programmes. It does not limit knowledge creation to being an end in itself but rather to advance the pursuit of a just and prosperous society. Hence, it also plays an advocacy role to give voice to contemporary governance, political and economic issues. One of BIGD’s key strength lies in the truly interdisciplinary character of its work. These are best reflected in its two annual flagship publications: The State of Governance and the State of Cities.
On the academic side, BIGD offers four Master’s degree programmes, i.e., Master of Development Studies (MDS), Masters in Governance and Development Programme (MAGD), Masters in Development Management and Practice (MDMP) and Masters in Procurement and Supply Management (MPSM). It also offers several first rate certificate courses and training aimed at building capacity of the public and private sector and the NGOs. Some of these include: Certificate course on Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation; Training course on Evaluation of Goods and Non-Consulting Services, Contract Management and Supplier Relationship Management; Exhaustive Training Course on BRAC Procurement Guideline and Implementation Procedure (BPGIP); The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Level 1-6 training courses, for which BIGD is the only certified center etc.
BIGD provides scholars, policy specialists, researchers, academics and practitioners a common platform to discuss and debate critical questions on governance and development. It is one of the most vibrant institutions of knowledge creation and management in Bangladesh and also aspires to be so in the wider region around it—South Asia and Southeast Asia. It has a strong record of working with government agencies, national and international research institute, development organizations, think-tanks and non government organizations, Planning Commission of Bangladesh, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development; The World Bank; RAND Corporation USA; London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, University of Manchester, University of Sussex, University of Tokyo, University of Missouri, University of Ottawa,; BRAC, Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS), Wage Indicators Foundation, Netherlands; Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) etc. It hosts researchers, academics and students from these institutions through collaborative programs.
BIGD’s staff are drawn from the social science disciplines with excellent credentials. As an institute of BRAC University, BIGD works closely with the university and has the unique advantage of being associated with BRAC, the world’s largest NGO through its work and carrying its ‘brand.’ It is inspired by BRAC’s values in shaping its own institutional work, professional standards and product.