The civil serviceâ€™s â€œfast food approachâ€ to development policy-making in Bangladesh: critique and agenda for reform
Mohammad Mizanur Rahman and
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2018, vol. 40, issue 3, 159-174
Since Bangladeshâ€™s independence in 1971, the international donor community has largely shaped the nature and direction of the countryâ€™s development plans. In most cases, successive governments have introduced development policies and programmes within the broad framework of international development co-operation that has frequently overlooked the local context. A significant part of the reason why donors have been able to play a dominant role in setting the countryâ€™s development agenda is the inability of the civil service to serve as a challenge to externally-driven models of development. As is explored in this article, civil servants have lacked the capacity and political will to assume proactively a vital role in the policy-making process. This has resulted in a â€œfast food approachâ€ which has allowed donors to have considerable control over the countryâ€™s development. In response, civil service reform needs urgent and high priority attention in line with successful reform initiatives in other countries.
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