IGC-BIGD Seminar on Development Economics held

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Prof. Fahad Khalil, University of Washington; Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud, Member, UN Development for Policy; Honorable Planning Minister A H M Mostafa Kamal; Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BIGD at the inaugural session (From left to right)

The International Growth Centre (IGC) and the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University jointly organized a seminar on Development Economics on 13 December, 2015 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka. Mr. A H M Mustafa Kamal, Honorable Planning Minister inaugurated the seminar as the Chief Guest. Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor, Bangladesh Bank attended the first session of the event.

The Development Economics Seminar brings together policy stakeholders and researchers with the aim of showcasing IGC research, and sharing ideas, experiences and best practices for achieving sustainable growth in Bangladesh. The Seminar will include sessions on key priority areas of the IGC in Bangladesh, including firm capabilities, state effectiveness, migration, and climate change.

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Dr. Wahiduddin Mahmood, Dr. Atiur Rahman, Dr. Mushfiq Mubarak, Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman and
Ms. Parul Agarwal seen at the first session (From left to right)

Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Country Director, IGC Bangladesh Programme, and Executive Director, BIGD chaired the inauguration session. The day-long seminar held, divided into 6 sessions on different six issues.

In the First session, Dr. Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics, Yale University presented a paper on Routine Disasters: Floods, Human Capital and Adaptation in Bangladesh, and Ms. Parul Agarwal, IFMR presented a paper on Natural Calamities and Innovative Social Safety Programmes.

In the third session followed by the inauguration session, Prof. Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University presented a paper on Do Consumers Benefit from Supply Chain Intermediaries? Evidence from a Policy Experiment in Edible Oils Market in Bangladesh. Professor Christopher Woodruff, University of Warwick presented a Paper titled Challenges of Change: An Experiment Training Women to Manage in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector in the Fourth Session of the event.

TheSteps has presented a paper titled Innovative Solutions to the SME Financing Challenge at the fifth session of the programme. Two different papers titled No Lean Season-Seasonal Migration to Avert Food Insecurity, and Mobile-izing Savings with Automatic Contributions, were presented by Dr. Karen Levy, Evidence Action and Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Services (RDRS); and Dr. Tarek Ghani, Princeton University, respectively in the sixth session.


The IGC aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. The IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia and works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. Based at LSE and in partnership with the University of Oxford, the IGC is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). BIGD, BRAC University is the secretariat of IGC in Bangladesh.

The daylong event was participated by academics, researchers, representatives from different associations and civil society. The inaugural session was also attended by the media and senior journalists.

Visit Photo Gallery and Media Coverage of the event.