The IGC Bangladesh Country Programme was officially established in 2009. Since its inception, the Country Team has based its activities upon dialogue with the government, research institutions, and the private sector to assess the most urgent constraints to economic growth in Bangladesh. The Country Programme has collaborated with key policymakers and senior government officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS); establishing partnerships with civil society organisations, such as BRAC, universities and autonomous research institutions, such as the Institute of Microfinance (InM).
Currently hosted at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), IGC Bangladesh has identified five areas of research that are important to sustain and accelerate economic growth: i) State Effectiveness ii) Firm Capabilities iii) Food Security iv) Infrastructure Development and v) Sustainable Urbanization in Bangladesh.
The support of Prof. Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale) and Prof. Fahad Khalil (Washington University) serving as Lead Academics, ensure the academic rigor of the research work while Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud, former Country Director and current Senior Advisor has been critical in ensuring maximum policy engagement.