[VIRTUAL] Governing COVID-19 in Bangladesh

[VIRTUAL] Governing COVID-19 in Bangladesh

  8 - 9:30 a.m.
   Zoom Event (Off Campus)
Mirza M. Hassan, Naomi Hossain, Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Nafisa Tanjeem, Shelley Feldman

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies invites you for a critical discussion on the governance realities in Bangladesh and beyond, based on a recent report by BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) titled State of Governance (SoG).

About the report:
The State of Governance (SoG) report is a flagship publication of BIGD. This year’s SoG report assessed the COVID-19 governance in Bangladesh during the first year of the pandemic—analysing how the government responded to the crisis and why, identifying the challenges, and based on the analysis, providing constructive recommendations at policy and programmatic levels. The report identified gaps in critical governance areas including healthcare, social protection, stimulus packages, and lockdown management, and explored these issues from a political economy angle.

The study was led by Dr Mirza M. Hassan from BIGD and Dr Naomi Hossain from the American University.

With in-depth, mixed-method, comprehensive research across all major dimensions of Covid management, our research provides critical insights on governance challenges in developing countries in managing the pandemic. It also provides a governance analysis framework in the context of the dominant party system—a phenomenon found in many developing countries.

DATE: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

TIME: 8 am (Berkeley) | 4 pm (London) | 8 pm (Pakistan) | 8:30 pm (India & Nepal) | 9 pm (Bangladesh) | Calculate Your Local Time


This event will also be live streamed on the Center's FB page: ChowdhuryCenter

Speaker Bios
Dr. Mirza M. Hassan is a political economist and the Head of the Governance and Politics Cluster of BIGD, BRAC University.

Dr. Hassan’s research largely focuses on political development, state-business relations, urban governance and local governance, justice sector and human rights, and related issues in South Asia, Pacific region and North Africa. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience on these issues for DFID, The Asia Foundation, The World Bank, UNDP, CARE Bangladesh, and other development agencies. He is well versed in conducting political economy analysis, institutional and stakeholder analysis, and using mixed methods.

He completed his PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS), University of London, UK and his MA in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. He is also an honorary Academic Fellow of the Institute of Development Policy Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK.

Dr. Naomi Hossain is a political sociologist with 20 years of development research and advisory experience. Her work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and increasingly on the political effects of subsistence crises.

She has researched elite perceptions of poverty, accountability in education and social protection, and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the UK, and led cross-country research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Most recently she was the Principal Investigator on the DFID-ESRC funded research project Food Riots and Food Rights: the moral and political economy of accountability for hunger Project (2012-14) and a research lead on the IDS/Oxfam GB Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project. Her book on the political effects of the 1974 famine in Bangladesh, The Aid Lab, was published by Oxford University Press in February 2017.

Naomi is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex

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The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.