The first half of the 21st century is going to be the era of megacities in the developing world. Unless we manage our cities adequately, all hell is likely break loose in the not too distant future. Given the enormous poverty, the gross gender discriminations and the acute environmental degradation already present in these cities, the likelihood of their further deterioration in the coming years in a scenario of no or little reforms is rather obvious.
This is a pioneering work on the governance crisis in one such city, namely Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Based on more than a year of extensive field work, the authors analyse the governance problems of Dhaka city from a holistic perspective. The work examines the role of all important service providing organisations individually as well as in relation to one another. Finally, the authors come up with a set of practicable reforms agenda for overcoming the crisis and suggests a strategy for its adoption by the policy makers. The relevance of this book extends far beyond the confines of Dhaka city.
Kamal Siddiqui is a leading authority on local government in South Asia. Educated in the Universities of Dhaka, Leeds and London, he combines in him solid academic work with the practical experience of a civil servant, working at both grassroots as well as highest levels of policy-making and monitoring policy implementation. His important publications in the field include Megacity Governance in South Asia: A Comparative Study (Dhaka: UPL, 2004), Overcoming the Governance Crisis in Dhaka City (Dhaka: UPL, 2000), Local Governance in Bangladesh: Leading Issues and Major Challenges (Dhaka: UPL, 2000) and Local Government in South Asia: A Comparative Study (Dhaka: UPL, 1992; a Chinese translation of the book was brought out by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China
Jamshed Ahmed, political scientist and local government expert, studied at the universities of Chittagong and Birmingham and the Local Autonomy College, Tokyo, Japan. He is at present Assistant Director, NILG.
Mustaque Ahmed Khandaker, sociologist and urban and regional planner, studied at the University of Dhaka and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He is at present Research Officer, NILG.