Day 1: Policy session – State (Political economy – Challenging environments)

Building a well-functioning state in challenging environments

Exploring a broad range of political economy issues around building a well-functioning state, including: policies that can build trust in the government and the political process; the importance of access to information, a free media, an active civil society and a credible legal system; reducing corruption in the public sector; structuring political institutions for consensus building across diverse groups; policies for reducing conflict; and post-conflict reconstruction.

Chair: Ian Porter (Country Director, IGC Myanmar)


  • Nasiruddin Ahmed (Anti Corruption Commission, Bangladesh)
  • Luka Biong Deng Kuol (Centre for Peace and Development Studies, Juba University, South Sudan)
  • Herbert M’cleod (Country Director, IGC Sierra Leone and Liberia)
  • H.E. U Maung Maung Soe (Mayor of Yangon, Myanmar)