Dr. Jens Stanislawski and Dr. Ashikur Rahman, both Research Fellows and Syeda Salina Aziz, Senior Research Associate of IGS, presented the key findings of the report titled,“The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2012: Regions, Representation, Disparity”.Dr. Mahbub Hossein, Executive Director, BRAC; Dr. Tofael Ahmed, local government expert & UNDP Consultant; Dr. Ahsan H Mansur, Executive Director of Policy Research Institute; Mr. Nasir Uddin, former Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Dr. Rizwan Khair, Director, IGS also spoke at the programme.

Academics, researchers, experts, politicians, representatives from think tank and donor organisations, civil society members also attended the event.

The report assessed power concentration, parliamentary representation, health and education governance at the district level through quantitative approach.

The findings of the research report suggested that concentration of power, as a result of imbalanced ministerial allocation across certain districts, has a strong association with resource distribution decisions. These findings bring to question the role of ‘need’ in shaping such decisions. Furthermore, along with ‘winner takes all’ phenomenon, the findings are more indicative of a ‘cabinet takes all’ attitude in government.The event was widely covered by print and electronic media. Some of the links of media are below:

The Daily Star

The Daily financial Express

The Daily Dhaka tribune

The Daily New Age

The Daily Sun

The Daily Bangladesh Protidin

The Daily Prothom-alo

Poriborton.com

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