IGS Public Lecture was held on 15 October 2012 at Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room, BRAC University. The public lecture was delivered by Dr. Des Gasper, Endowed Professor, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands. The program was jointly organised by the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), BRAC Development Institute (BDI) and Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) of BRAC University.

The title of the lecture was “Climate Change and International Organisations (IOs): A comparative analysis of the Human Development Report of UNDP and the World Development Report of World Bank.”


In his lecture, Professor Gasper spoke about the relationship between UNDP’s Human Development Report (HDR) 2007/8 and World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR) 2010 in terms of climate change and development. He argued that HDR and WDR provide very different perspectives in diagnosis, of what is perhaps the largest question that faces humankind and is certainly a major issue for Bangladesh. The lecture was followed by an open discussion participated by the members of the audience. They were faculties from various schools and departments of BRAC University including IGS, BDI, C3ER, Economics, Social Science, and Law; programme personnel of NGOs working on climate change; and relevant government officials.