Overcoming the Governance Crisis in Dhaka City Kamal Siddiqui, Jamshd Ahmed, Abdul Awal and Mustaque Ahmed ISBN 984 05 1560 8 2000 284pp 215x136mm HB Tk.325.00 US$23.00
The first half of the 21st century is going to be the era of megacities in the developing world. Unless we manage our cities adequately, all hell is likely break loose in the not too distant future. Given the enormous poverty, the gross gender discriminations and the acute environmental degradation already present in these cities, the likelihood of their further deterioration in the coming years in a scenario of no or little reforms is rather obvious. This is a pioneering work on the governance crisis in one such city, namely Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Based on more than a year of extensive field work, the authors analyse the governance problems of Dhaka city from a holistic perspective. The work examines the role of all important service providing organizations individually as well as in relation to one another. Finally, the authors come up with a set of practicable reforms agenda for overcoming the crisis and suggests a strategy for its adoption by the policy makers. The relevance of this book extends far beyond the confines of Dhaka city. Kamal Siddiqui, an economist and former senior civil servant, was educated at the universities of Dhaka, Leeds and London. He has published a large number of books, articles and manuals from both home and abroad. The areas covered by his publications include rural poverty, land reforms and land management, local government, governance reforms, urban sociology and extension literature on arboriculture and pisciculture. He is at present a Visiting Scholar at the South Asia Programme of Cornell University. Jamshed Ahmed, political scientist and local government expert, studied at the universities of Chittagong and Birmingham and the Local Autonomy College, Tokyo, Japan. He is at present Assistant Director, NILG. Abdul Awal Khan studied philosophy at the University of Dhaka. He was later trained by EDI on urban finance and management. He is at present a senior faculty in the NILG. Mustaque Ahmed Khandaker, sociologist and urban and regional planner, studied at the University of Dhaka and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He is at present Research Officer, NILG.