Fifty-four government officials graduated Saturday, May 27, 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).

During their two weeks at Duke, the officials participated in seminars on the changing role of government in development, improving service delivery, designing international trade policy, and negotiation strategies.

They also visited N.C. Emergency Management and the Town of Cary 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 and Fernando Fernholz. Additional sessions were led by Paul Cramer, co-leader for Accenture Negotiations Center of Excellence, and Professor Billy Pizer of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Teams of officials made presentations at the end of the program on the country’s policy issues, ranging from safe water to pollution to traffic congestion. In their presentations, they utilized the concepts discussed in class to inform policy discussions in Bangladesh.

This is the fifth program DCID has hosted for the ministry. DCID also hosted programs for Bangladesh government officials on fiscal decentralization and local governance in 2011 and 2016.   

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