Jorge Barenstein is an independent consultant and researcher presently working in Bangladesh. He is engaged in evaluation of development projects, assessment of implementation of economic reform programmes and in field research on all of the above. He graduated from the school of Economics, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University (New York, USA) and has been teaching Organisation Theory, Public Enterprise Management, Business Administration, Public Policy and related subjects, in Argentina and Mexico. He founded and directed the Department of Public Administration at the Centre for Economics Research and Teaching (dDE, in Mexico). His current research interests include problems of transition to market mechanisms in mixed economies; governance at the national and local levels; and the implementation of economic, social and civil service reforms. He has worked in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe as adviser to governments on behalf of the United Nations. He has published three books and numerous articles and research papers.