BIGD Online Lecture Series: Making Policy Work for Development

The Master of Arts in Governance and Development (MAGD) program at BIGD, Brac University, has been training promising policymakers in Bangladesh and beyond to become high-impact leaders since 2005. In 2022, MAGD was meticulously redesigned for those working in  government agencies, non-profits, researchers and policy institutes, think tanks, and journalists, as well as for young professionals, who want to make public policy work for development.

As part of the academic campaign of MAGD, a four-part online lecture series titled “Making Policy Work for Development” is thoughtfully designed to promote the MAGD program. The deadline to enroll in this program is 17th August 2023.

So far, we have had the privilege of hosting three distinguished speakers in the field, who shared their invaluable insights:

Day 1

Lecture 1 | Professor Mushtaq Khan

BIGD Online Lecture Series commenced with Professor Mushtaq Khan, an eminent economist from SOAS University of London, who explored the significance of effective policy-making in fostering sustainable development.

Day 2

Next, we had the esteemed presence of Professor Siddiqur Rahman Osmani, a leading developmental economist from Ulster University, who discussed the challenges and opportunities in implementing policies for development.

Day 3

Syed Akhtar Mahmood, the Former Lead Private Sector Specialist of the World Bank Group, enriched us with his knowledge on leveraging the private sector’s role in policy formulation for development. The audience had the privilege of gaining valuable insights from his extensive experience in the field of private sector development. Participants were inspired to critically analyze and learn from diverse perspectives that emerge during policy discussions. Following the lecture, the interactive half-hour Q&A session provided attendees with the opportunity to further explore the ideas presented and engage in fruitful discussions with the esteemed speaker.

Day 4

As the final speaker of the series, M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, the Former Cabinet Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh and Senior Advisor at BIGD, shared his remarkable experiences and insights on navigating policy challenges to drive sustainable development.