SANPA inked MoU with SIPG, NSU

SANPA and South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG), North South University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 23 June 2022. SANPA Chairperson Professor Habib Zafarullah and SIPG Director Professor Sk. Tawfique M. Haque represented the respective side.  SANPA Treasurer Dr. Mahfuzul Haque and EC Member Dr. K M Kabirul Islam were present. At the same time, Professor Salahuddin M Aminuzzaman, Adviser, SIPG, Professor Syeda Lasna Kabir, Professor Rizwan Khair, Professor Mahfuzul Haque, and Dr. Hasan M. Baniamin joined the event on behalf of SIPG. A good number of public administration academics were also present.

Both SANPA Chair and SIPG Director expected that the partnership would deliver tangible results in public administration and governance research and advocacy. Professor Habib Zafarullah appreciated the Director, SIPG, for his keen interest in forging the partnerships.


SANPA Chairperson meeting with IUB Pro-VC

Professor Habib Zafarullah, Chairperson, SANPA, had a meeting with the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) Pro Vice-chancellor Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan. SANPA Treasurer Dr. Mahfuzul Haque, EC Member Dr. K M Kabirul Islam, and Secretary-General Dr. Mohammad Mizanur Rahman also attended the meeting.  


Members are requested to submit their research work pertaining to the broader objectives of the network to publish as occasional papers. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed before publication. The author(s) are requested to follow the guidelines given below:

  1. Papers can be single or co-authored
  2. Papers should be limited to 6000-8000 words, inclusive of references
  3. Harvard referencing style should be followed

All communications should be made to the occasional paper series editor, Professor Prabhat Datta. He can be reached at


SANPA BOOK: Call for papers

SANPA Vice-chair Professor Akhlaque Haque attended the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference 2022.

Professor Habib Zafarullah at ACSH Annual Conference 2021

SANPA Chairperson Professor Habib Zafarullah attended the Astana Civil Service Hub (ACSH) Annual Conference 2021 as a designated speaker and presented a paper on “the relevance of open government in attaining the SDGs: imperatives of governance reform in the post-pandemic scenario”.


SANPA Vice-Chairperson Professor Akhalaque Haque has been named senior Fulbright specialist at World Learning. We congratulate him on achieving this prestigious award.

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Special Webinar on ‘Dr. Akbar Ali Khan: Contribution to Bangladesh State and Society’

A webinar on ‘Dr. Akbar Ali Khan: Contribution to Bangladesh State and Society’ was organized by the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) and South Asian Network for Public Administration (SANPA) on 3 October 2022 at NSU.

Dr. Akbar Ali Khan was an influential academic, researcher, active and objective public intellectual and renowned bureaucrat- reaching the position of Cabinet Secretary in Bangladesh. He successfully combined multiple roles in his career- academia, research, and national and international bureaucracies. He died on 8 September 2022. His demise is a great loss for the nation. This webinar was organized to commemorate and discuss his contribution to Bangladesh state and society.

The distinguished panelists were; Mr. Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury, Former Advisor, Caretaker Government; Md. Aminul Islam Bhuiyan, Former Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Finance Division, Government of Bangladesh; Dr. Mohammad Tareque, Director, Bangladesh Institute of Governance & Management (BIGM) & Former Finance Secretary, GoB, and Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). The moderator was Professor Salahuddin M Aminuzzaman, Advisor, South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG), NSU. Academics, researchers, practitioners, civil servants, journalists, and students from both Bangladesh and abroad participated in the webinar.

Dr. Habib Zafarullah, Founding Chair, SANPA said that he is the pioneer of regulatory governance in Bangladesh. His resignation from the Caretaker government was a brave step. His post-retirement years were productive as he wrote eloquently. He is an epitome of a perfect ‘pracademic.’

The webinar started with a video presentation on SIPG and concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, Secretary General, SANPA.

SANPA Webinar 2022: 3

The third webinar of 2022 was held on 15 October 2022. Dr. Fara Azmat, Deakin University, presented the keynote on “Sustainable Development Goals- where do we stand? Moving forward- challenges and opportunities”. Professor Rumki Basu, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi; Dr. Mohamed Evren Tok, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar; Dr. Maria Victoria R. Raquiza, the University of Philippines Diliman; Mr. Trilochan Pokharel, Nepal Administrative Staff College spoke in the webinar as designated speaker. During the floor discussion, SANPA EC member Dr. Aly Shameem commented on the issues. SANPA Chair Professor Habib Zafarullah moderated the webinar, while SANPA EC member Dr. K M Kabirul Islam offered the vote of thanks. Scholars and practitioners from different countries joined the webinar.

SANPA Webinar 2022: 2

The second webinar of 2022 was held on 20 August 2022. 161 academics and practitioners worldwide joined the webinar. The webinar’s theme was public administration in developing countries: practitioners’ perspectives. Dr. Nivedita P Haran, IAS (Rtd.), former Secretary to the Government of India, presented the keynote. Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, former Senior Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Aly Shameem, former President, Civil Service Commission, Maldives, and Mr. Bokyun Shim, former Vice-Minister, Government of the Republic of Korea, were the designated panelists.  

Dr. M Mahfuzul Haque, Treasurer, SANPA Executive Committee, moderated the webinar. Professor Yaamina Salman, SANPA General Member, offered the vote of thanks.

SANPA Webinar 2022: 1

The South Asian Network for Public Administration (SANPA) organized its 1st webinar of 2022 on 7 May 2022. Professor Alasdair Roberts, University of Massachusetts Amherst, spoke as the keynote speaker on STRATEGIES FOR GOVERNING: REINVENTING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR A DANGEROUS CENTURY. The distinguished panelists were: Professor Ahmed Shafiqul Huque, McMaster University, Professor Catherine Althaus ANZSOG, and Professor Jon Pierre, University of Gothenburg. SANPA Chairperson Professor Habib Zafarullah moderated the webinar, and Dr. Aly Shameem, SANPA EC Member, offered the vote of thanks. Sixty-four public administration academics and practitioners from different continents attended the webinar.

SANPA Webinar 2021: 2

SANPA organized the second webinar on 10 October 2021. Public administration academics and practitioners from different regions and continents attended the webinar. Professor Evan Berman, Sao Paulo School of Business Administration, presented the keynote on the ‘pandemic effects: exploring the horizon of public administration as an academic discipline and a field of practice.’ Citing examples from different countries in managing the pandemic, Professor Berman argued that strong leadership of the national government, particularly the senior bureaucrats, and effective coordination would play a key role. Meiji University Emeritus Professor Akira Nakamura, Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration Secretary-General Professor Alex B. Brillantes, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development Professor Inderjeet Singh Sodhi, the Panjab University Associate Professor Sidra Irfan spoke as panelists. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor Akhalque Haque moderated the webinar. Moving forward, the panelists opined that public administration experts need to look forward to a new approach. University of Sri Jayewardenepura Professor Lalitha Fernando offered the vote of thanks. SANPA Chairperson Professor Habib Zafarullah thanked all participants, particularly the keynote speaker and panelists, for their contribution and hoped that SANPA would become a significant international platform for advancing knowledge and insights in public administration.

SANPA Webinar 2021: 1

SANPA organized a webinar on “Implementing the UNCEPA Adopted 11 Principles of Effective Governance for Sustainable Development: Why We Need to Talk More Strongly on the Political Insulation of the Bureaucracy” on 26 June 2021.

Professor B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of American Government, Pittsburgh University, presented the keynote, while Professor Habib Zafarullah, Chair, SANPA and the University of New England, moderated the webinar.

Professor Akhlaque Haque, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Professor Lalitha S Fernando, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, Professor Ahmed Shafiqul Huque, McMaster University, Dr. Mahfuzul Haque, former Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Aly Shameem, former Chairman, Maldives Civil Service Commission, Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan, Independent University, Bangladesh, Professor Prabhat Datta, former Centenary Chair of Public Administration, University of Calcutta, Dr. Fara Azmat, Deakin University, Professor Yaamina Salman, University of Punjab, Mr. Bokyun Shim, Head of Office, United Nations Project Office on Governance, were the designated panelists. SANPA EC Member Mr. Trilochan Pokharel offered a vote of thanks.

The speakers underscored that bureaucracy requires an autonomous working environment backed by adequate political insulation to be more productive and contribute to national development and improve governance quality, particularly in developing countries. However, alongside political insulation and autonomy, there should be a strong accountability framework to hold the bureaucracy to account.

UN CEPA Consultation

SANPA took part in the virtual interactive dialogue with observers held as part of the 20th Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) session on 19 April from 9 to 11 a.m. EDT (New York time). Please click on the link below to view the SANPA statement.


SANPA Director (Research and Studies) Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan joined the Independent University, Bangladesh as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor. SANPA family congratulates Professor Khan on his career elevation.


EC Meeting 2022: 2​

Presided over by Professor Akhlaque Haque, the second meeting of 2022 of the Executive Committee was held on 23 July 2022. The meeting expressed satisfaction over the progress of the book project and thanked the project team. The EC again urged the SANPA members to contribute to publishing occasional papers. The EC highly appreciated the interest of public administration scholars and practitioners from South Asia and beyond in joining SANPA and accordingly inducted 17 scholars and practitioners into the organization as Honorary, General, and Associate Members.

EC Meeting 2022: 1​

The first meeting of 2022 of the Executive Committee was held on 5 March 2022, with Professor Habib Zafarullah in the chair. All members of the EC attended the meeting. The EC reviewed the annual work plan for 2022 and approved it. The principal targets of the 2022 AWP include organizing several webinars and a general meeting engaging SANPA Honorary and General members and publishing a book on South Asian public administration. Professor Dr. Akhlaque Haque leads the book project team, while Professor Prabhat Kumar Datta is the lead editor for occasional papers. The EC meeting urged the SANPA members to contribute to publishing occasional papers. The EC meeting appreciated different regional and international public administration networks and platforms for expressing interest in partnering with SANPA. The EC recommended that SANPA should give particular focus on expanding its partnership in 2022.

EC Meeting 2021: 4​

The 4th meeting of the Executive Committee was held on 24 December 2021 with Professor Habib Zafarullah in the chair. The meeting reviewed the progress of 2021 and expressed its satisfaction over the progress accomplished in 2021. The EC appreciated the interests of the international and South Asian academics and practitioners in joining SANPA in different capacities and inducted 13 academics and practitioners as Honorary Members, 9 academics and practitioners as General Members and 4 academics and practitioners as Associate Members.


EC Meeting 2021: 3​

The third meeting of the Executive Committee was held on 1 August 2021. Professor Habib Zafarullah, Chairperson, SANPA, presided over the meeting. The meeting, among others, conferred honorary membership to five internationally acclaimed scholars of public administration and development and accepted 26 academics and practitioners as general members and three young scholars as associate members. The honorary members are Professor B. Guy Peters, President International Public Policy Association and the University of Pittsburgh; Professor Akira Nakamura, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Meiji University; Professor Ken Smith AO, CEO, Australia-New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the University of Melbourn; Professor Catherine Althaus, ANZSOG and Univerity of New South Wales (UNSW) and Professor Geske Dijkstra, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

EC Meeting 2021: 2​

The 2nd meeting of the Executive Committee in 2021 was held on 3 April 2021. All members of the EC joined the meeting virtually. Professor Habib Zafarullah presided over the meeting.

EC Meeting 2021: 1​

The first meeting of the Executive Committee in 2021 was held on 17 January 2021. Professor Habib Zafarullah, Ph.D., Chair of the Executive Committee presided over the meeting. The meeting was held online. The Vice-chairs and other members of the EC joined the meeting.