State of Cities 2013: Re-thinking Urban Governance in Narayanganj

As we witness a new emerging trend in the governing process of urban areas and at this critical juncture, it is important to explore the effect of these changes, especially their impact on causing a shift from governing to governance. In the 2013 report, we made an effort to provide such an analysis and we have focused on the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC), which is situated on the northern side and adjacent to Dhaka city and was separated from Dhaka and upgraded to a city corporation. Studying the city, which has become the extended industrial wing of Dhaka and which has a separate governance system, thus may be considered a natural extension and continuation of the previous year’s state of cities research. Although the city under study, Narayanganj, has assumed a new governance structure due to its then-recent transformation, there remain concerns about the real power and authority of the city corporation to govern the city. The overall findings indicate that in terms of administering a newly formed City Corporation, the city government of Narayanganj is facing a number of significant challenges. Despite having these limitations, the City Corporation has achieved success in some specific cases, especially in delivering services. At the same time, as indicated earlier, the business elites and their economic activities have remained completely out of the purview of the City Corporation and it plays almost no role in determining the economic future of the country.

Authors: Shahan, Asif; Jahan, Ferdous; Ahmed, Kazi Niaz; Islam, Mohammad Sirajul; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Rahim, Md Abdur; Chowdhury, Fahim Subhan; Mitra, Manash; Rahman, Ferdous; Rashid, Md Mamun-Ur; Islam, Md Saiful; Hussain, Muhammad Hedayet; Rofiquzzaman, S M; Hoque, Md Mahan Ul; Hossain, Md Khobair; Khan, Shameem Reza; Akteruzzaman, Md; Das, Tapos Kumar; Moniruzaman, Md; Ahammed, Raju
Type: Report
Year: 2013