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The AEDSB Washington Seminar Series


Government and Rural Transformation in Bangladesh

Speaker: Dr. Raisuddin Ahmed, Research Fellow Emeritus, IFPRI

Dr. Mohinder S. Mudahar, former World Bank Staff

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

When: Monday, January 24, 2011; 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Where: World Bank Main Complex Building,Room MC 8-100, 1818 H Street, N.W. Washington D.C. 20433

Visitors will first need to collect a pass from the 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 contact : Mildred Gonsalvez ( mgonsalvez@worldbank.org or 202-458-715).



The speakers will present their findings of their recently published book of the same title, which presents an analytical picture of the significant transformation in the agriculture and rural sector in Bangladesh. Transformation is explained as improved conditions of life and living through greater access to income, health, education and transport services and protection against vulnerability. The speakers will discuss how public expenditures and policies to support development of infrastructure, technology, institutions and private initiatives of collective organizations, including NGOs, and numerous individual ventures contributed to this transformation. While a large number of causal factors have played a role in this transformation, it was the synergy of these factors that constitutes the basic source of success. Along with describing the transformation of the rural economy in the last about 25 years, the speakers will, based on their book, provide a vision for development of rural economy in the next 20 years in Bangladesh.

About the Presenters

Dr. Raisuddin Ahmed is a Research Fellow Emeritus of IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute). He previously served as Research Director of IFPRI during which he has published several books and papers that deal with different aspects of agricultural development in Bangladesh. He obtained his Ph. D. in Economics from the Michigan State University. Prior to joining IFPRI, he worked in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Planning Commission in Bangladesh.

Dr. Mohinder S. Mudahar was a World Bank staff for almost 25 years and held various positions, including Country Manager and Economic Adviser. He spent almost 4 years in Bangladesh where he coordinated the Bank's program in agriculture and rural development. He obtained his Ph. D. in Economic from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked at the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and taught at Cornell University