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Poverty Reduction Strategy in BangladeshRethinking participation in policy making$
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Palash Kamruzzaman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305699

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305699.001.0001

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Think local, act local

Think local, act local

(p.167) CHAPTER SIX Think local, act local
Poverty Reduction Strategy in Bangladesh

Palash Kamruzzaman

Policy Press

A particular weakness in the poverty debate in Bangladesh is inadequate attention being given to problems of implementation of a development policy. Policy and programme formulation has routinely grown out of declared intentions, which have lacked adequate cognition of the machinery of implementation actually available. The consequence has been a succession of paper policies and paper programmes. This chapter argues that policies are not enough. It is more important to implement appropriate policies rather than producing comprehensive ones that may not be implemented. Furthermore, it is argued that the implementation of policies requires strong political vision and commitments that are unlikely to be present in a government that is highly dependent on external sources for its development programmes. The suggestion here is that in poverty reduction policies, local understandings need to be put ahead of any foreign ideology. At the same time, political leaders need to have a strong vision and commitment to reduce poverty in contrast to obtaining blessings and material rewards from external patrons.

Keywords:   policy, policy implementation, political will, commitment, patronage

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