There is a time and place for every initiative, sometimes through need and sometimes through want. Young Bangladeshis have long wanted their own policy dialogue platform, a medium through which they can access the sort of expert, unbiased opinion that is availaable elsewhere in the world, such as BBC’s Hard Talks or Oxford Union style debates.
The current pandemic has brought that need to the forefront, and in response, Youth Policy Forum (YPF) has introduced its flagship series “Talking Policies with Dr. Akhtar Mahmood Recently retired from the World Bank Group, Dr. Mahmood has worked in over 30 countries in his nearly three-decade-long career at the WBG. His areas of work included private sector development, investment climate, privatization and regulatory reforms He is also deeply interested in the dynamics of policy reform, including both policy formulation as well as implementation And, over the years, has become synonymous with nuanced and hard-hitting policy advice.
Episode 01: Economic Policies in the Times of Crisis
Guest: Dr. Fahmida Khatun
Episode 02: The National Budget as a Critical Policy Instrument
Guest: Dr. Mohammad Tareque
Episode 03: The Quest for an Egalitarian Bangladesh A Journey through History
Guest: Dr. Nurul Islam
Episode 04: Growth, Competitiveness, and Macroeconomic Policies
Guest: Dr. Zahid Hussain
Episode 05: Reluctant Urbanism: Unpacking the Spatial Politics of Our Cities
Guest: Adnan Zillur Morshed, PhD
Episode 06: The Idea of Bangladesh
Guest: Dr. Kamal Hossain
Guest: Professor Mohammad A Momen