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The AEDSB Washington Seminar Series


Governance for Development: Political and Administrative Reforms in Bangladesh PPT

Speaker: Dr. Nazrul Islam, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Moderator: Ahmad Ahsan, Lead Economist, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank

When: Thursday, August 25, 2016; 12.30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: World Bank, Main Complex Room No: MC 8-100, 1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C.

Visitors, other than IMF/WB staff, will first need to collect a pass from the World Bank's Main Complex (MC) Building Visitor's Center on the corner of 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Please allow an extra 15 minutes for this. If you need a pass to attend the seminar, please send your name and institutional affiliation to Syud Amer Ahmed (Sahmed20@worldbank.org or 202-473-6454) or to Mildred Gonsalvez (mgonsalvez@worldbank.org or 202-458-7156) by 11 am, Thursday, August 25, 2016.



In recent years, Bangladesh has made notable economic progress, growing by at about 6 percent per year accompanied by quite remarkable achievements in human development. Many think that Bangladesh can take-off to a period of high growth and become a prosperous middle income country. However, it is generally recognized that governance problems are acting as the main constraint on realization of this potential. Based on his recently published book, Governance for Development: Political and Administrative Reforms for Bangladesh (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016), Dr. Nazrul Islam will present an analysis of Bangladesh’s governance problems using an analytical definition of governance and employing new concepts such as “national capability.” Based on his analysis, Dr. Islam will discuss some reform options for the electoral process and for the rationalization of the size and salary of the civil service in Bangladesh.

About the Speaker

Nazrul Islam is currently a Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United National Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA). Previously, he taught economics at Dhaka University (Bangladesh), Emory University (USA), and Kyushu University (Japan). He did his Master’s from Moscow State University and Ph. D. in economics from Harvard University. Islam made significant contribution to several areas of economics, including economic growth, transition economics, and sustainable development. He has written extensively on economic, political, and environmental problems of Bangladesh. He has published eleven books and numerous articles in reputed international journals. His most recent book is Economies in Transition: China, Russia, Vietnam, published by Eastern Academic. Dr. Islam is also the founder of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) and is playing a leading role in the environment movement of Bangladesh. He may be contacted at nislam13@yahoo.com.