Study on Women’s economic empowerment-opportunity analysis
BIGD, UNDP and UN Women jointly organized
Consultation meeting with stakeholders from private organisations

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Participants at the meeting

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, UNDP and UN Women jointly organized a consultation meeting with the representatives from private organizations on April 28, 2016 at the Red Shift, Bay's Galleria, Dhaka. The meeting was arranged as a part of the ongoing research “Evidence Based Foundation of Women’s Economic Empowerment-Opportunity Analysis: Policy” conducted by BIGD for UNDP and UN Women.

The objective of the consultation was to contribute to the study on identification of policy opportunities to promote women’s economic empowerment through review and critique of the existing policy provisions, their implementation and also identification of policy gaps that could further facilitate women’s economic empowerment.
Sara Bumsted, Gender Policy Advisor of UNDP welcomed the guests. Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow, BIGD  moderated the whole session. Ferdousi Sultana Begum, Team Leader of the Study and Consultant at BIGD delivered a presentation on the Methodology and Preliminary findings of the study. Followed by the presentation, the participants provided their observations, inputs and feedback on existing policies, gaps and opportunities.

The participants at the meeting included representatives from CWCCI, SERWTCI Trust, Banglacraft, Joyeeta Foundation, BWCCI, DOHATEC, BAPA (Agro Processors), BUILD etc. Among others, BIGD Research team of the study were also present at the meeting.

 

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Study on Women’s economic empowerment-opportunity analysis
BIGD, UNDP and UN Women
jointly organized Consultation meeting with Ministries of GoB
 
Meeting with GoB
Participants at the meeting

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, UNDP and UN Women jointly organized a consultation meeting with Policy bodies from the ministries of GoB on April 27, 2016 at the UNDP Bangladesh Office, Dhaka. The meeting was arranged as a part of the ongoing research “Evidence Based Foundation of Women’s Economic Empowerment-Opportunity Analysis: Policy” conducted by BIGD for UNDP and UN Women.

The objective of the consultation was to contribute to the study on identification of policy opportunities to promote women’s economic empowerment through review and critique of the existing policy provisions, their implementation and also identification of policy gaps that could further facilitate women’s economic empowerment.

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Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh welcomed the guests. Palash Kanti Das, Assistant Country Director and Head of Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth, UNDP Bangladesh, chaired the meeting. Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow, BIGD moderated the session. Ferdousi Sultana Begum, Team Leader of the Study and Consultant at BIGD delivered a presentation on the Methodology and Preliminary findings of the study. Followed by the presentation, the participants provided their observations, inputs and feedback on existing policies, gaps and opportunities.

The participants at the meeting included representatives from Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (Joint Secretary), Ministry of Industries (joint secretary), Ministry of Expatriates and Overseas Employment (Deputy Chief), Ministry of Education (Joint Secretary), Ministry of Agriculture (Deputy Secretary), Ministry of Commerce (Joint secretary), ICT Division (deputy Secretary), Ministry of Labour (Joint Secretary), Local Government Division (Additional Secretary), Microfinance Regulatory Authority (Deputy Director), Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges (joint Secretary). Among others, BIGD Research team of the study were also present at the meeting.

 

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BIGD organized a Seminar on election management

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The Governance and Politics cluster of BIGD organised an in-house Seminar on Election Management on May 25, in the BIGD conference room. Dr. Abdul Alim, Director, Election Working Group (EWG) shared his experience of electoral management in the developed and other developing countries in the seminar. He delivered a presentation titled 'Election Management: International Best Practices to Make Election Credible and Bangladesh.

In the presentation, Dr. Alim suggested reforming the Election Commission in Bangladesh including the recruitment process of the Election Commissioners to develop the current election system in Bangladesh. The presentation was followed by a question answer session. Earlier, Md Harun Or Rashid, Research Associate and the Seminar Coordinator of BIGD introduced the presenter with participants. The Seminar was chaired by Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of BIGD. Among others, Dr. Wahid Abdallah and Dr. Md Shanawez Hossain, Research Fellows of BIGD were present at the Seminar.

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Talk by Dr Sabina Alkire at BIGD
on Measuring Multidimensional Poverty
 
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Dr Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Department of International Development, University of Oxford visited BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University on May 19, 2016 and attended a talk with Researchers and Staff of BIGD in BIGD Conference Room. She delivered a presentation titled Measuring Multidimensional Poverty: Insights from around the world. BIGD Executive Director Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman welcomed Prof. Sabina to BIGD and chaired the event.  
Followed by the presentation, Dr. Sabina shared her findings and experience with the attendees. She  said, ‘poverty’ if measured, can importantly influence how we come to understand it, how we analyse it and how we create policies to tackle it. For these reasons, measurement, methodologies can be of tremendous practical relevance. This and various other practical factors have increased demands to understand poverty and social policies with a new light; which in turn have generated a unique need for comprehensive multidimensional poverty measurement. Therefore, Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is a highly valuable tool in addition to the pre-existing uni-linier monetary poverty measurement.
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Dr Sabina Alkire seen at the event (right)
 
Among others, BIGD Researchers and staff attended the talk.
 
Dr. Sabina directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. She is also the Oliver T. Carr Professor and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University (part time until 2016). She continues as research collaborator of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University. A Rhodes Scholar and an awardee of the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize (International), Dr Alkire has written extensively on multidimensional poverty.
 
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Divisional Workshop on Public procurement held in Chittagong

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Chief Guest, Special Guest, and other distinguished guest at the inaugural session of the workshop

A workshop titled ‘How to Engage Citizens and Ensure Social Accountability in Public Procurement’ organized jointly by BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University and Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IME Division of Planning Ministry was held on Thursday, 28 April 2016, at the Hotel Agrabad, Chittagong. The Chittagong Divisional Workshop was held as a way to raise awareness amongst citizens and receive feedback from the local level on the Third Party Engagement piloting program. Mr. FaridUddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Honorable Secretary, IME Division, Planning Ministry and Dr. Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank, attended the workshop as the Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively. Additional Deputy Commissioner (LA) of Chittagong, Md. Doulatuzzaman Khan presided over the workshop. Md. Aziz Taher Khan, Director, CPTU delivered the welcome speech at the event. Among others, Abdul Mannan, Member, Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division, Planning Commission and Dr. Mirza Hassan, Team Leader of Social Accountability Component of PPRP-II spoke at the event.

During the discussion session, Md. Aziz Taher Khan, Director, CPTU urged the participants to provide feedback so that the strategy for citizen engagement can be further improved.Dr. Mirza Hassan raised the question on reforming legal framework on citizen engagement in PPRP. He said, citizen and youth committee and project-orientedcommittee would be working as ‘watch dogs’ of the project. Dr. Zafrul Islam, Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank, said that citizens have to rethink their ‘self accountability’ for the betterment of the society in everyday life rather than blaming the government for everything. Abdul Mannan, Member, Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division, Planning Commission, elaborated on thenecessity of openness, transparency and accountability in the delivery of public services. Chief Guest, Mr. FaridUddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary, IME Division of Planning Ministry, argued that citizens’ ready engagement is necessary to ensure the sustainability of this project. Other speakers included, Md. Hamidul Islam, a Chittagong based journalist, E.K.M Oliullah, General Secretary of theKarnafully Gas Distribution Company and various local engineers, contractors and professors. 70 participants attended the event from different government and non-government institutions.

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The workshop consisted of a group session where participants were requested to report their feedback on the third party monitoring strategy. The participants were split into three groups, with each group presenting their recommendations at the end of the exercise. The workshop held in Chittagong is the third divisional workshop organized by BIGD. These workshops will culminate in a national seminar to be held towards the end of this year.

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Group activity session

BIGD is providing the technical assistance to the 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 of the country. Citizen’s engagement in public procurement will improve the quality of works, ensure social accountability and create an environment for the best use of public money. The involvement of citizens in public procurement can also identify the irregularities and errors of procurement. To make people aware about the existing rules and regulations of procurement process, engaging campaigns are required to involve citizens in the process.

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Call for participation in Quantitative Research Workshop
(Registration Only)

May 17, 2016
10 AM - 5 PM
Venue:
GDLN Centre, 18th Floor, BRAC University
66, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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