The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) concluded its second program designed specifically for senior officials from Bangladesh in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Public Administration. Thirty-eight officials celebrated their graduation from the program at the University Club on Friday, March 18.

During the graduation ceremony, Md. Zaiul Islam, member of the Land Appeal Board, offered his “hearty thanks” to the program faculty and administrators.

“We all believe this program will help us work more effectively and efficiently within the government,” he said.

The two-week program, which began on March 5, focused on strengthening capacity building in public policy, service delivery and negotiation skills. Sessions focused on topics including the changing role of government in developing public policy frameworks, design and implementation of performance management, enhancing service delivery through public-private partnerships, and a variety of negotiation strategies and techniques.

In addition to their classroom work, participants visited the N.C. Division of Emergency Management, Research Triangle Park and the Town of Cary to learn more about state and local government services and innovation management in North Carolina.

Roy Kelly, professor of the practice at DCID, led the training. The sessions were conducted by faculty at the Sanford School of Public Policy, as well as outside experts such as Paul Cramer of Accenture Negotiations Center of Excellence in Boston and Bill Rivenbark of the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The first program held at Duke University for Bangladeshi government officials took place in June of last year. A third program is expected to be held in May for more than 60 officials.

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