Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with

•    University College London (UCL)
•    Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
•    The Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
•    International Growth Centre (IGC) of London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Oxford
•  IFMR LEAD, India 

Ongoing Collaborations:

•    BRAC
•    Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh
•    Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), Ministry of Planning, Government of Bangladesh
•    Department of International Development (DFID), UK
•    Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID), University of    Manchester
•    HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
•    Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex
•    International Labor Organization (ILO), Geneva
•    Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada•    RAND Corporation, USA
•    South Asian Urban Research Network (SAURN)
•    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
•    The World Bank
•    Think Tank Initiative (TTI) of International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada ((collaborative program among 12 TTs in South Asia, Latin America and Africa))
•    University of Missouri, USA
•    WageIndicators Foundation, The Netherlands
•    European Union (EU)
• Institute for the study of Labour (IZA)
• University of Ottawa
• SOAS University of London
 

Previous Collaborations:

•    Basel Institute of Governance, Basel University, Switzerland
•    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
•    Carter Center, USA
•    Columbia University, USA
•    Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), USAID
•    European Commission  
•    George Mason University, USA
•    German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
•    Griffith University, Australia
•    HelpAge International
•    Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
•    International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW)
•    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, the Netherlands
•    Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management, Korea
•    Lahore University of Management, Pakistan
•    MasterCard Foundation
•    Ministry of Women and Children’s Affair, Bangladesh
•    Monash University, Australia
•    National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India
•    National University of Singapore
•    Natural Resource Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada
•    Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK
•    Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Program Consortium
•    Save the Children UK (SCUK)
•    Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
•    The Asia Foundation
•    The Citizenship Development Research Centre, IDS, Sussex
•    The Gender Centre, London School of Economics
•    The Population Council
•    The World Bank Institute
•    UNDP, Bangladesh
•    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
•    University of Bath, UK
•    University of Colgate, USA
•    University of Ottawa, Canada
•    UN Women, Bangladesh
•    VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
•    Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO)
•    World Food Programme
•   Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST)
•   Action Aid, Bangladesh
•   Care Bangladesh
•   Oxfam GB Bangladesh
•   FHI 360, USA
•   Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University is a  resource centre for promoting research and creating knowledge in areas of governance, economic growth, political economy, urbanisation, gender issues and sustainable development. It was established in June 2013 through the merger of the then Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) and the BRAC Development Institute (BDI), two institutes of BRAC University.

BIGD is devoted to specialised research on a range of governance and development concerns, as well as the nexus between the two intertwined areas. BIGD’s research is aimed at supporting its academic and training programs. It does not limit knowledge creation to being an end in itself but rather to advance the pursuit of a just and prosperous society. It also plays an advocacy role to give voice to contemporary governance, political and economic issues. As an institute of BRAC University, BIGD works closely with the university and has the unique advantage of being associated with BRAC, world’s largest NGO, through its work and carrying its ‘brand.’ It is inspired by BRAC’s values in shaping its own institutional work, professional standards and product.

Research at BIGD                                                                                BIGD BROCHURE

BIGD’s research mandate is spread over four broad clusters

1. Economic Growth

2. Governance and Politics

3. Urban, Climate Change and Environment

4. Gender Studies

BIGD’s research is aimed at supporting its academic and training programs. It does not limit knowledge creation to being an end in itself but rather to advance the pursuit of a just and prosperous society. One of BIGD’s key strengths lies in the truly interdisciplinary character of its work. These are best reflected in its two annual flagship publications: The State of Governance and the State of Cities.

Flagship Programs

The State of Governance (SoG) in Bangladesh
BIGD annually conducts research on the state of governance in Bangladesh, to provide a critical and analytical investigation of the governance situation of Bangladesh. This analytical work allows BIGD to compare, assess and document changes over time. The results of this on-going research are articulated mainly in the form of annual reports named ‘The State of Governance in Bangladesh’ which is one of the flagship publications of the BIGD. Since 2006, eight reports have been published.

The State of Cities (SoC)
BIGD’s another flagship research program ‘the State of Cities’ aims to provide a diagnostic of the country’s urban governance. As the world is increasingly shifting population from rural to urban areas, urbanization and associated concerns have become an important issue in developing countries. In the context of current development literature, important factors such as reevaluation of the economic importance of the cities and reaffirmation of the importance of local institution building for development require significant consideration in light of such enormous shift. In this backdrop of rapid urbanization, urban governance has become an important approach to evaluating cities’ growth, development and performance. The first SoC report was published in 2012. Since then, BIGD has been continuing this flagship programme by preparing SoC publications every year that focus on the country’s growing urban challenges.  

Apart from its flagship programs, BIGD also conducts research on various governance and development related topics. Some of these areas are: municipal finance, extreme poverty and inequality, labor market, service sector dynamics, local governance, democratic governance, citizens engagement in public procurement, urban governance, climate change governance, inclusion and equality, efficiency in the judiciary of Bangladesh, women empowerment, women participation in politics, cultural norms, regional and trans-regional migration, regional economic integration, etc.

Research Communication and Advocacy
In line with its communications strategy, BIGD disseminates research outputs and activities through various channels of communication such as target-specific advocacy events, stakeholder consultations, publications, op-eds and articles, social media posts, e-alerts, newsletters and website. It also organizes roundtables, seminars, public lectures, conferences, talks and different meetings to enable effective and updated exchange of views and draws expert recommendations from diverse range of stakeholders i.e. policymakers, politicians, government officials, civil society members, media professionals, academics, researchers, development partners and representatives from relevant interest groups.     

BIGD Programme

BIGD has a strong record of working with government agencies, national and international research institute, development organizations, think-tanks and non government organizations. Apart from research and advocacy, BIGD programme division also provides technical and research support to various government entities. Some of the major projects undertaken:   

Community of Practice in Performance Management in South Asia: BIGD, in cooperation with the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh, has implemented a project titled “Community of Practice (CoP) on Performance Management in South Asia” to help strengthen the performance management system of the Governments (GPMS) of South Asia Regional (SAR) countries. BIGD worked closely with Cabinet Division of Government to facilitate the implementation of GPMS. This programme concluded in June 2017. 

Local Governance Programme SHARIQUE-III: Sharique-III was a SDC funded consortium project on local governance and development. The consortium comprised of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and BIGD which had project management responsibility. In addition, BIGD had technical responsibility to conduct action and policy research on local governance in Bangladesh and to prepare policy briefs to influence policy.

Public Procurement Reform Project II (Extension Phase): BIGD had an agreement with Bangladesh Government (Central Procurement Technical Unit - CPTU) to help design and implement the social accountability mechanism that aims to institutionalize and develop a third party monitoring system in the public procurement process in the country. Based on the lessons learned from the phase II of the project, and in consultation with CPTU and the World Bank, BIGD had reformulated the existing Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC) and worked to ensure effective functioning of the committee so that it can provide policy inputs to strengthen the public procurement systems of the country.

BIGD hosts IGC in Bangladesh
The Institute also hosts the International Growth Centre (IGC) of London School of Economics and University of Oxford. This affiliation provides the opportunity for the institute to collaborate on research projects and open itself to a wider research community regionally and internationally.
 
The Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST)
BIGD houses a specialized centre—The Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST), established in 2012, that undertakes research and advocacy work on women’s empowerment and how positive changes in everyday lives and larger social transformation in gender roles take place. Many of the research projects and advocacy programmes of the Gender Studies cluster are undertaken by this Center.
 
BIGD Staff
BIGD’s staff, having excellent credentials, -are drawn from the social science disciplines with excellent credentials.As a key institute working on governance and development in Bangladesh, BIGD attracts and employs a good number of qualified people who are working in different departments of the institute.
 
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Welcome to BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) at BRAC University.

The Board of Trustees of the University established BIGD in June 2013 through the merger of the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) and the Brac Development Institute (BDI) both post graduate institutes of the University to achieve better synergy between the work undertaken in the two institutes.

The BIGD, BRAC University is a centre of research and academic excellence. As a post graduate resource centre, BIGD is devoted to specialised research on a range of governance and development concerns, as well as the nexus between the two intertwined areas. It conducts research around four broad clusters, i.e., economic growth; governance and politics; urban, climate change and environment; and gender studies. The research on gender is undertaken at the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation embedded within BIGD. On the academic side, BIGD offers four Master’s degree programmes, the MAGD, MDS, MDMP and MPSM, and offers several first rate certificate courses aimed at building capacity of the public and private sector and the NGOs. BIGD’s research is aimed at supporting its academic and training programmes. It does not limit knowledge creation to being an end in itself but rather to advance the pursuit of a freer and just society. Hence, it also plays an advocacy role to give voice to contemporary governance, political and economic issues. One of BIGD’s key strength lies in the truly interdisciplinary character of its work. These are best reflected in its two annual flagship publications: The State of Governance and the State of Cities.

BIGD provides scholars, policy specialists, researchers, academics and practitioners to share a common platform to raise critical questions on governance and development. It aspires not only to among the most vibrant institutions of knowledge creation and management within Bangladesh but also in the wider region around it—South Asia and Southeast Asia. BIGD’s staff are its most precious resource. They are drawn from the entire spectrum of social science disciplines with excellent credentials. It hosts scholars and academics from around the world and has collaborative programmes with top universities/research institutions of the world, as indicated in another section of this website. It also hosts special programmes with Ottawa and Colgate Universities which contribute course credits towards the degrees of the participating students.

As an institute of Brac University, BIGD works closely with the university and has the unique advantage of being connected to Brac, the world’s largest NGO through its work and carrying its ‘brand.’ It is thus inspired by Brac’s values in shaping its own institutional thinking and work.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We seek your support in our journey of discovering truth, the worthy pursuit of knowledge and a just society.

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As part of the recent merger of IGS and BRAC Development Institute (BDI) under the new header of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), a retreat for the senior management staff members of the two institutes was held on 23 and 28 December 2013.

The first round of the retreat was held in BDI Conference room on 23rd and the second round on 28th December at IGS conference room. The meeting agenda included BIGD objectives and vision, core research priorities, staffing structures and organogram, consulting services and financial issues. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, the former Pro Vice Chancellor of BRAC University.

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As part of the recent merger of IGS and BRAC Development Institute (BDI) under the new header of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), a retreat for the senior management staff members of the two institutes was held on 23 and 28 December 2013.

The first round of the retreat was held in BDI Conference room on 23rd and the second round on 28th December at IGS conference room. The meeting agenda included BIGD objectives and vision, core research priorities, staffing structures and organogram, consulting services and financial issues. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, the former Pro Vice Chancellor of BRAC University.

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