IGC-BIGD Seminar addresses policy issues of RMG industry in Bangladesh

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(From left to right)Mushfiq Mobarak, Achyuta Adhvaryu, Hedayatullah Al-Mamoon, Wahiduddin Mahmud,
and Sultan Hafeez Rahman seen at the seminar

The International Growth Centre (IGC) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University jointly hosted a seminar titled ‘Readymade Garments Industry: Informing Policy with Evidence Based Research’ on 17 July 2016 at Lakeshore Hotel, Dhaka. The half day seminar presented findings from two research studies on the readymade garments sector followed by in depth discussion on policy issues facing the industry.

Professor Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University; Lead Academic, IGC Bangladesh programme, and Achyuta Adhvaryu, Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan made two presentations in the seminar titled ‘Growth in Garment Sector Jobs, and Impacts on Education’ and ‘Soft Skills training for garment workers in India: A Randomized Evaluation’ respectively.

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Mr. Hedayatullah Al-Mamoon, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce chaired the seminar. Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BIGD, and Country Director, IGC Bangladesh gave the opening remarks along with Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud, Senior Advisor, IGC Bangladesh, and advisor to the former Caretaker Government. Mr. Nick Beresford, Deputy Country Director, UNDP was the discussant on the papers presented. 

The objective of this event was to disseminate the findings of the two research papers on Readymade Garments Industry to the relevant stakeholders in Bangladesh. The seminar was attended by officials from government, ministries, private sector including RMG buying houses, industry associations, development partners, researchers, academics, representatives from think tanks etc.

 

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CPD-BIGD Roundtable on Measuring Multidimensional Poverty for Policy

BIGD along with the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), organized a Roundtable discussion on Measuring Multidimensional Poverty for Policy on May 19, 2016 at the BRAC Centre Inn. Dr Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford discussed on multidimensional Poverty for Policy and talks particularly on the aspects of multidimensional poverty in Bangladesh regarding fulfilling the target of SDG as SDG talks about the multidimensional poverty and it also talk about no one to left behind.


Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Dr. Sabina Alkire and Dr. Mustafizur Rahman (from left to right) 
at the roundtable

Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of BIGD and Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director of CPD co-chaired the discussion. Followed by her discussion, Dr. Alkire participated in a question and answer session with the participants at the event. Among others, civil society leaders, academicians, researchers, development practitioners and representatives from government organizations attended the discussion.

 

CPD-BIGD Roundtable on Measuring Multidimensional Poverty for Policy (Video)

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SHARIQUE Dissemination Seminar
Strengthening Committees of Upazila Parishads and Standing Committees
of Union Parishads stressed

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In an effort to make Committees and Standing Committees of Upazila and Union Parishads more functional, the Local Governance Programme ‘Sharique,’ implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and BIGD, organised a National Dissemination Seminar with the National Institute of Local Government (NILG) on May 30, 2016 to disseminate a working paper on the issue. The working paper combines the observations and recommendations of five individual studies conducted by Sharique and NILG.

Ms Melina Papageorgiou Trippolini, Programme Manager of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) delivered the opening remarks and Dr. Shanawez Hossain, Team Leader of Sharique defined the objective of the progarmme. Following a presentation by Mr. Fazlur Rahman, Research Specialist of BIGD, a discussion was held under the facilitation of Mr. Mustafa Kamal Haider, Director General of NILG. Participants from various organizations working on local governance and local government elected representatives from Sharique project areas gave their views and shared experiences on the issue. Other participants included Mr. Golam Yahya, Training Director, NILG and Mr. Md. Ilias, Research Director, NILG and local government experts Mr. Shopon Kumar Sarkar, Retd Additional Secretary and Former DG, MIE Wing, Local Government Division (LGD) and Mr. Azizur Rahman Siddiqui, Local Government Advisor of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

7 NILG Seminar(From left to right) Mustafa Kamal Haider, Melina Papageorgiou Trippolini, Dr. Md. Shanawez Hossain
and AKM Fazlur Rahman at the event

Relating his experience of Standing Committees in Kerala, Mr. Azizur Rahman Siddiqui suggested reducing the number of committees at both Upazila and Union Parishads and also providing incentives and training to the committee members to make the committees functional and effective.

Agreeing with the issues regarding the functioning of the Standing Committees identified in the working paper, Mr. Lal Mia, Member of Chila Afjalabad Union Parishad, Chatak Upazila, Sunamganj said, “After getting elected in 2011, for the first two years I did not even know that Standing Committees existed.” Mr. S.M. Asraful Haque Tota, Vice Chairman, Paba Upazila, Rajshahi, said that Vice Chairmen, who are responsible for chairing the Committees of Upazila Parishad, do not have the required authority to execute the decisions and suggestions of the committees.

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Concluding the seminar, Mr. Mustafa Kamal Haider said, “The local governmenmt has only function – to serve people. To achieve this purpose, local government and central adminisrtation have to work together and remain accountable to people. On the other hand, the public also need to be aware of the functions of local government and what services they can avail from it. Only then can there be a balanced and effective supply and demand of public service delivery.”

 

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BIGD’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020
Leading experts and scholars from BRAC family briefed and consulted
 
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(From left to right) Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Dr. A. Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury and
Barrister Manzoor Hasan at the event

Scholars and top executives from BRAC and BRAC affiliated institutes attended a consultation meeting organised by BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, held on May 24, 2016 at the BRAC Centre Inn, Dhaka.The purpose of the meeting was to share the key features of BIGD’s draft Strategic Plan 2016-2020 with fellow colleagues from BRAC family and incorporate their feedback.

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Glimpses from the group work at the event

BIGD Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman welcomed the distinguished participants and shared a brief overview of the draft strategic plan. Dr. A. Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Member, Advisory Council, BIGD, and Vice Chair, BRAC moderated the session. Followed by a presentation on the strategic plan, the participants provided their observations, inputs and feedback through different sessions i.e group work and Q/A.

Among others, BIGD senior staff participated at the meeting.

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Glimpses from the group work at the event

Initiated in early 2015, the draft Strategic Plan has been prepared through a series of consultations i.e. in-house retreat and internal meetings, consultations with stakeholders etc. From now up to July, 2016, few more consultations are planned with various stakehold groups before the Strategic Plan is finalized by July.

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CGST organizes workshop on Quantitative Research

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The Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, in collaboration with the University of Manchester and funded by British Academy, has organized a a one-day workshop on “QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH” for practitioners, lecturers, researchers with experience in empirical research on May 17, 2016 . The workshop was facilitated by Dr Wendy Olsen, School of Social Sciences, and Ms. Heather Piggott, both from University of Manchester.

The workshop aimed to explore the measurement of attitudes. Facilitators demonstrate that attitudes matter to the work-participation of women in rural India. First a factor analysis of attitudes to work was carried out. Second a logistic regression of female labour-force participation was carried out. Third, these were linked via models that allow the two equations to be interlinked. A brief discussion of structural equation models concluded the workshop.

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After completion of the workshop, Certificates were distributed by the host of the event  Simeen Mahmud, Head of Gender cluster at BIGD and Dr Wendy Olsen, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester.

About 25 participants took part in the workshop. The participants were from different renowned organizations like BIDS, CPD, JPG School of Public Health, BIED, BRAC-RED etc.

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CGST organizes workshop on Qualitative Research

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The Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, in collaboration with the University of Manchester and funded by British Academy, has organized a a one-day workshop on “QUALITATIVE RESEARCH” for practitioners, lecturers, researchers with experience in empirical research on May 16, 2016 . The workshop was facilitated by Dr Wendy Olsen, School of Social Sciences, and Ms. Heather Piggott, both from University of Manchester.

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A participant recieving Certificate of participation at the event

The objective of the workshop was to introduce participants to use NVivo software in analysing transcripts of semi-structured interviews by applying a new method of discourse analysis. This method selects the prevalent keywords, groups them into sets, interprets these discourses and examines the underlying structural location of the speaker/producer of each passage. The workshop  also  included knowledge  on how to examine the strategic aspect of the speaker’s intentions when they utter a phrase. As a mixture of automatic coding and human interpretation is recommended for NVIVO , mixed-methods with demographic data were strongly recommended in this workshop. The workshop also revealed   the case-based coded matrix of case characteristics; to which it add the salient and strategic discourse usage of each speaker.

After completion of the workshop, Simeen Mahmud, Head of Gender cluster at BIGD moderated the closing session.  Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BIGD awarded Certificates of participation to the participants.

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Group Photo after the closing session of the workshop

Around 25 participants took part in the workshop. The participants were from different renowned organizations like BIDS, CPD, JPG School of Public Health, BIED, BRAC-RED, SANEM etc.

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