In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh, we focus on the relative successes and shortcomings of governance within the country, a core problem that affects meaningful development of Bangladesh, and look forward to future prospects of governance reform in the country.
Over the last two decades the issue of governance reform is very much at the centre of debates on development, economic growth and poverty reduction. However, much of the thinking on what good governance should be is based on Western ideal-typical models and pays less attention to local, social, political and cultural dynamics, as well as specific historical trajectories which fundamentally shape the possibilities for development and democracy. While focusing on the wider phenomenon that characterize governance practice in Bangladesh, much of the scholarship has not reached deep enough into the social structures of everyday life of ordinary citizens and political behaviour that underpin these general features.
The conference encourages research which attempts to break away from some of the existing rhetoric that has begun to shape governance thinking on Bangladesh by offering deeper, richer and empirically grounded insights on the practice of governance, its challenges and the prospects for reform. IGS has facilitated such research on governance and organized a conference titling “40 years of Bangladesh: Retrospect and Future Prospects”.
The conference was arranged from 26-28th Nov. 2011 attended by worldwide renowned political scholars and international political scientists e.g. Dr. Geof Wood, Dr. Joe Devine, Dr. Graham Brown, Dr. Harry Wallace Blair, Dr. Akhlaque Haque, Dr. Jalal Alamgir, Dr. Iftekhar Iqbal, Dr. Navine Murshid, Dr. Sumaiya Khair, Dr. Asif Nazrul, Dr. Naomi Hossain and others have presented and shared their thoughts and researches on governance. The purpose of the conference was to highlight the Governance of Bangladesh in these 40 years; the failures and the future prospects that lie ahead and proposing better and effective ways of governance. The chief guest of the launching ceremony was Justice Habibur Rahman and special guest was Dr. Gowher Rizvi. Both of the honorable guests made their speeches at the launching ceremony of the conference at BRAC Centre Inn. The rest of the conference presentations were made at BRAC, BCDM, Savar, Khagan.
Participants’ Papers for the Website
1. Ahmed, Haydory Akbar, Lecturer,Dept.of Economics & Social Sciences, BRAC University; Hossain, Abul Maala, Tanvir, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics & Social Sciences, BRAC University; Rahman, Shahidur, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics & Social Sciences, BRAC University; Papers: ; Presentations:
2. Ahmed, Imtiaz, Professor, International Relations, University of Dhaka; Papers
3. Ahmed, Nizam, Professor of Public Administration, University of Chittagong; Presentations
4. Alamgir, Jalal, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston;Papers
5. Aminuzzaman, M Salahuddin, Professor of Public Administration, University of Dhaka; Papers: ;
6. Banks, Nicola Margaret, Head of Research & Evaluation Unit, BRAC Uganda; Papers: ;Presentations: