Institutional Capacity Building in Urban Governance in Bangladesh: The case of City Corporations in Dhaka

SM Shafiqul Alam


The study intends to uncover the barriers in building institutional capacity in the governance of city corporations in Dhaka Bangladesh. The study conceptualized the institutional capacity building in the context of the city corporation governance of Dhaka based on the perspective of organizational capacity, strategic capacity and organizational learning within the theoretical framework of Mintzberg’s (1979) organization structure. The study collected qualitative data through interviewing a total of 26 respondents from three categories of personnel’s including strategic policymakers, middle line manager and techno-structure urban planners working in both Dhaka North and South city corporations. The study concluded that city corporations in the capital city Bangladesh has a poor conceptual understanding of institutional capacity building and the role of its strategic apex. Consequently, city corporations are not yet fully capable of ensuring efficient governance and effective service delivery for various practical barriers. The study suggests that the city corporations in Dhaka need to understand the importance of institutional capacity building in general and the role of its strategic apex in building institutional capacity in terms of organizational capacity, policy capacity and learning capacity.

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ISSN : 2251-1571