The 1818 Society Governance Thematic Group will host Dr. Naomi Hossain of the Institute of Development Studies on Wednesday, December 13th at 11:30 am in Room MC10-100 to discuss her recently published a book titled “Understanding Bangladesh’s Unexpected Success”. Development practitioners generally agree that Bangladesh has achieved notable success in human development. How were such rapid gains possible in a context of chronically weak governance (governance paradox)? The book examines this question and presents an explanation for the successes. What lessons does Bangladesh story offer for other countries with weak governance? Dr. Hossain and discussants will set the stage for an interesting discussion. The discussion will draw on the findings and recommendations of the World Development Report 2017 on Governance and the Law.

Chair: Mr. Sarwar Lateef, former Governance Adviser, the World Bank
Speaker: Dr. Naomi Hossain, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK.
Discussant: Ms. Christine Wallich, former World Bank Country Director Bangladesh

Dr. Naomi Hossain is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. She previously worked at BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Division in Bangladesh, and led on BRAC University’s first State of Governance in Bangladesh report in 2006. She 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.