GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT: BANGLADESH IN PERSPECTIVE
This study on good governance and development in Bangladesh examined the relationship between good governance and development as well as the impact of the lack of good governance on the development of Bangladesh. The research methodology employed was the descriptive method in document study and survey analysis. Bangladesh performance in governance over the period of eleven years (2000 – 2011) was assessed be low based on the score which ranged between 25 and 49 percentile using the World Bank Worldwide Governance Indicators. It has been established that among six countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore assessed, Bangladesh showed a dismal performance in political governance during the period 2002 – 2006 with a marginal improvement from 2006 onwards. However, Bangladesh recorded the lowest score among the six countries assessed in institutional governance. The research ﬁndings established that although there was a clear case of governance deﬁcit, it has not affected development negatively as expected. Therefore, the level of development would have been much more with better governance. Consequently, it was concluded that good governance is not an absolute determinant of development. Governance deﬁcit could be remedied by the formulation and faithful implementation of comprehensive strategies to enhance governance quality and consequently improve on development.
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