State of Governance in Bangladesh 2020–21: Dissemination of Report Findings with MAGD Alumni


The State of Governance in Bangladesh Report is an annual flagship publication of BIGD that explores critical governance issues by analyzing the context and underlying dynamics and highlighting systemic strengths and weaknesses. It provides theoretical frameworks for understanding these issues and finding future pathways.

The SOG Report 2020–21 assessed the COVID-19 governance in Bangladesh during the first year of the pandemic—how the government responded to the crisis, the challenges, and constructive recommendations at a policy and programmatic level. With comprehensive mixed-method research across major dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s report provides insights into governance challenges in managing the pandemic. The report identified gaps in critical governance areas such as healthcare, relief distribution, and lockdown management, and explored these issues from a political economy angle.

We believe the insights from this study can be highly relevant and valuable to you. But more importantly, we are hoping to engage with high-impact MAGD alumni like yourself, and learn from your reflections and practical experiences from the field. The discussion will help us immensely in better contextualizing and improving the governance analysis framework proposed in the report.

We cordially invite you to join our online session on Governing COVID-19 in Bangladesh: Realities and Reflections to Build Forward Better on Monday, 13 September 2021 from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm (GMT+6). Dr Mirza M. Hassan, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Governance and Politics Cluster, BIGD, and Syeda Salina Aziz, Senior Program Manager, BIGD, will present insights from the study. This will be followed by reflections from MAGD alumni Farzana Khanam, Deputy Director of IMED, Ministry of Planning; Deputy Secretary Mohammad Moniruzzaman Bakaul, Director of Anti-Corruption Commission; and Md. Tareq Mahmud.