BIGD launches the State of Governance in Bangladesh 2014-15 through Media

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University has launched one of its annual flagship research report the State of Governance (SoG) in Bangladesh 2014-15 titled Institutions Outcomes Accountability through the Press on 27th of December 2015, at the BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium, Mohakhali, Dhaka in presence of huge gathering of the reporters and the journalists from Print, Online and Electronic media.

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SoG Research Team launching the Report in front of Media

BIGD Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman and the SoG Team formally launched the report in front of media. Syeda Salina Aziz and Md. Harun-Or-Rashid, Senior Research Associate and Research Associate of BIGD respectively made two presentations on the findings and recommendations of the report. A lively Question-Answer Session followed by the presentations, where the SoG Research team addressed the queries and comments of the media reporters and senior journalists.

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Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Syeda Salina Aziz and Md. Harun-Or-Rashid (From Left to right)

The Report sheds light on governance-related KPIs, covering electoral process, legislative productivity, media freedom, rule of law, financial institutions, infrastructure and macroeconomic stability, education and health sector performance. It is intended to contribute to the public debate on governance as an issue of seminal contemporary concern for Bangladesh's political and economic future.

In a departure from past SOGs, the SOG 2014-15 has attempted to cover a relatively wider canvas focusing on such important areas as the state of political, economic and social dimensions of governance in Bangladesh. Rather than focusing on any of these areas in isolation, the SOG sheds light on the performance of these three areas taken together due to their significance for overall governance in Bangladesh.

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Glimpses from the Q/A segment of Press Launching

The 'bottom line' of the current report is that Bangladesh' performance in all the three broad categories, vis, political, economic and social, while being mixed' does indicate major vulnerabilities. The report therefore argues that these must be addressed through broader participation of civil society and other stakeholders in a spirit of partnership. Without such an inclusive approach and full freedoms and rights guaranteed under the constitution, the country may suffer serious setbacks in its march towards building strong democratic institutions as the fundamental basis for good governance.

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