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03.18.2017

Bangladesh officials complete public policy program

Forty-six government officials graduated Friday, March 17, from a two-week program on public policy, service delivery and negotiations. The program was offered by the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) in partnership with the Bangladesh Ministry of Public Administration (MOPA).

“Within the last two weeks we have been impressed by the amiableness of this very reputed institution,” said S.M. Haroon-Or-Rashid, director general of Bangladesh Television. “We were able to discover ourselves in a different dimension by exchanging our views, participating in group exercises, traveling together, and of course our memorable stay in Durham.”

During their two weeks at Duke, the officials took courses on the changing role of government in development, improving service delivery, managing foreign aid, designing international trade policy, and negotiation strategies.

They also visited local agencies and organizations, including N.C. Emergency Management, the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and FHI 360, to learn more about how they provide services and shape policy.

Roy Kelly, professor of the practice of public policy, led the program. He was joined by DCID faculty Rosemary Fernholz, Cory Krupp, Fernando Fernholz and Phyllis Pomerantz. Additional sessions were led by Paul Cramer, co-leader for Accenture Negotiations Center of Excellence, and Greg Allison, senior lecturer in public finance and government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This is the fourth program DCID has hosted for the ministry. Another program is expected to be held in May. DCID also held programs for Bangladesh government officials on fiscal decentralization and local governance in 2011.