International Conference on Accountable Governance for Development- Setting an Agenda Beyond 2015


Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, in collaboration with the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of BRAC University, the United Nations Millennium Campaign – Asia and Pacific Region, Public Affairs Centre (PAC), Governance and Public Policy Program of North-South University and Monash University Governance Research Unit (MGRU) organised a two day international conference during 7-9 December 2012 in Dhaka on Governance and Public Service Transformation in South Asia. The conference provided an opportunity to collaboratively explore the governance reform journey in South Asian countries over the past two decades, highlight opportunities and challenges, explore governance deficits that hinder the acceleration of MDG achievement and recommend how the governance agenda can be concretely integrated into the Post 2015 development framework.

In the Conference as many as 15 papers of scholars and practitioners from across South Asia, as well as Australia, USA, UK, The Netherlands and Switzerland focused around the above thematic pillars were presented and discussed during the working sessions on 8-9 December. The papers ranged from topics - such as collaborative governance; public private partnerships; practices and challenges of social accountability; institutions and institutional building; leadership; aspects of culture and governance; citizenship, participation, democracy and governance; techno-centric tools for social empowerment and improved governance; public service delivery, corruption and performance management in the public sector.

Please click the links below to access the full papers of the presenters individually or CLICK HERE to download the zip file containing all the papers.

1. Introduction

2. Theme 1: Multidimensional aspects of Citizenship, Democracy and Governance

a. "Governance in the Technology Era: Implications for Information Delivery for Social Empowerment in South Asia"- Prof. Akhlaque Haque, Department of Government, University of Alabama at Birmingham, US

b. “Multiple Aspects of Citizenship, Democracy and Governance”- Rokeya Kabir, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS), Bangladesh

International Workshop on Public Administration and Governance in Bangladesh 2013


A three-day international workshop titled “Four Decades of Public Administration and Governance in Bangladesh” was held at the Chittagong University (CU) campus from January 11-13, 2013. The workshop was organised by the Department of Public Administration, University of Chittagong in collaboration with the Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University, and the Governance Innovation Unit of Prime Minister’s Office.

Distinguished academics from foreign universities such as Monash University and University of Canberra of Australia, University of Auckland, New Zealand, University of Bath, England, University of Delhi, India, McMaster University, Canada and different private and public Universities of Bangladesh such as University of Dhaka, Islamic University, Comilla University, Jahangirnagar University etc. attended the workshop. Among others, practitioners and officials from organisations such as the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and former Public officials attended the workshop. Around 93 participants from 38 different institutions and organisations attended the workshop.

Director of IGS, Dr. Rizwan Khair attended the conference as a discussant in a plenary session on Governance Innovation and Public Administration Reforms: Lessons of Experience and presented his paper titled, “Participatory Policy Process in Bangladesh: Efforts in Search for Participatory Governance”. IGS researcher Farhana Razzaque presented her paper titled “Introduction to Citizen Charter in Bangladesh: a New Dimension in Service Delivery”. IGS Researcher Mohammad Sirajul Islam also attended the conference as a participant.

BIGD, BRAC University International Conference 2014 on Political Economy, Accountability and Governance


(From Left) Dr. Syed Saad Andalib; Dr. Masihur Rahman; Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman; H.E. Brian Allemekinders and Ms. Julia Brunt, seen at the inauguration ceremony

A three-day International Conference on Political Economy, Accountability and Governance was held at Dhaka from 11-13 December, 2014. The event was organized by BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, in partnership with Think Tank Initiative (TTI) of International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Growth Centre (IGC) of London School of Economics (LSE) and Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) of the University of Manchester.