Sir Fazle Hasan Abed said, Bangladesh is still badly governed, despite, the country has progressed. In this regard, we do have contribution, but the state of governance in the country has not reached up to the mark. On the contrary, some aspects of governance are being deteriorated. Sourcing the foundation of Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) ten years back, Sir Abed said, having plenty of research on governance, lack of advocacy is also a reason behind such lack of good governance. He also said, apart from research and education, we should give importance to research based advocacy in order to improve governance.

Sir Abed also said, despite lack of good governance, we have achieved most of the millennium development goals. Developing organisations are lobbying with the UN to include vital issues like the rule of law, access to justice, freedom of enterprise and right to land in the development agenda following the next MDGs. BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, would continue its programmes to impact the lives of the people, governance and development of the country. 

BIGD Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman chaired the programme. Among others, Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb, newly appointed Vice Chancellor, BRAC University and Dr. Mahabub Hossain, Advisor to the Executive Director, BRAC also spoke at the event. Dr. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director, BRAC; Dr. Tofael Ahmed, Dr. Minhaj Mahmud, Dr. Mirza Hassan, Dr. Zohurul Islam of BIGD also attended the programme.