Recreating the Commons?: NGOs in Bangladesh
  About the book

Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) are an integral aspect of society in Bangladesh. They provide a variety of services to people, generate employment, mobilize public opinion, and influence governmental policy. They remain as an important liaison with the donor community and are a substantial cultural, political and economic presence in the country. NGOs are involved in many important sectors of the economy such as education, health, and finance. They are relevant politically, given that many of them are active in addressing in addressing important issues relating to gender, poverty, corruption and the activities of civil society. There is an additional dimension to the efforts made by the NGO’s and the initiatives taken by them in an attempt to raise consciousness and to empower people, thereby altering how citizens in Bangladesh view their rights and obligation in society. Although various studies of specific organizations exist, few scholars have examined the overall politics, economics, and culture of NGOs in Bangladesh. This study constitutes a scholarly approach to the subject. It raises critical questions, examines relevant issues from within specific broader levels of analysis, and explores the processes through which NGOs have become an indispensable part of the socio-political landscape of Bangladesh.

Farida Khan is Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, USA. She has earned her PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, USA. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank. Her current research interests are on women's issues in Bangladesh, including the effects of micro-finance on women and their lives.

unir Quddus received his PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University, USA. He is currently Dean of the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University and Professor of Economics. His research interests are: leadership and entrepreneurship, the history of economic thought, and economic development. Dr. Quddus is author of ‘Entrepreneurs and Economic Development: The Remarkable Story of Garment Exports from Bangladesh (Dhaka: UPL, 2000).

Ahrar Ahmed received his PhD from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. He taught Political Science at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota. Dr. Ahmed has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented numerous papers at professional conferences.