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Bangladesh Summit

Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban 2Objectives 

The South Asia Centre (SAC) at LSE proposes to organise a 2-day event in Dhaka. The event is meant to serve a series of cumulative objectives, each building on the other, including:

  • showcasing LSE’s interdisciplinary strengths and expertise on Bangladesh, and its comparative and applied importance
  • debating and discussing topics of contemporary relevance and concern in Bangladesh’s regional power on the global stage
  • repositioning academic debates about Bangladesh

 Saree sellers at the Bongo Bazaar

Discussion Panels

The panels will cover different aspects of contemporary importance in Bangladesh – and will include experts both from LSE and experts from within Bangladesh and abroad specialising in research on Bangladesh /South Asia, and across sectors from academics to government to business to grassroots workers. In seeking this collaborative model, SAC-LSE hopes to bring the best of available academic and practical expertise from across the world to a single platform for debate, and to discuss ways forward.

Proposed themes for panels (tbc) include:

  • development versus growth resources
  • urbanisation & the middle class
  • infrastructure & demographic dividends
  • livelihoods, skills development & living heritage
  • water & energy security, and resource management
  • citizenship, diaspora & identity
  • aspirational bangladesh
  • politics & good governance
  • gender & modernity
  • reimagining Bangladesh

ruins in Panam Nagar, Sonargaon

LSE is committed to making knowledge available for public impact, and enhance public engagement in informed decision-making processes. The event will be open to the general public, discussions will be live-streamed and recorded, and all lead discussants will produce 8-10 page White Papers with policy suggestions to be submitted to relevant bodies, within 4-6 months of the event. The SAC will publish all White Papers and the recordings of the discussions on its website with free public access, and download facilities.

Proposed dates: TBC

Venue: Dhaka

Dhaka skyline 

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