A mature private sector has rightly contributed to the developmental effort ever than before. But during the middle-income transitions, being right may not be enough. An enabling environment for the bureaucracy is a necessary condition for a sustained takeoff. An efficient bureaucracy with practical knowledge combined with open, constructively critical approach that can address the questions of governance and policy development is the need of the hour. Moreover, an effective implementation is contingent on evidence-based policy formulation and evaluation, which are essentially an iterative process. Therefore, a dynamic, innovative and thoughtful bureaucracy is a sin-qua-non for moving to the next higher plane.
It is the earnest hope of BIGM that the policy analysis training would provide a set of conceptual frameworks for analyzing the public policy, and formulating effective strategies for policy design, analysis, evaluation, and advocacy. The concepts, skills, and analytical tools students would learn in the training would rest upon a foundation of economic principles, institutional analysis, and political and social psychology. They would be able to identify, analyze, predict the patterns of behaviour and outcomes, and ultimately enhance policy effectiveness. That in turn would infuse dynamism, innovation, and critical reasoning into the bureaucracy that can respond to the complex world we now live in. 2600 years ago, the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, said ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. We are taking that first step in an unprecedented journey for the 160 million Bangladeshis. We are embarking on that journey by carrying the inspirations and the sacrifices of the past. And with that resolve, pragmatism, and optimism, our top policymakers will train a new brand of trained human ware for a more just, more inclusive, and more developed Bangladesh.