Think-tank network of S Asian scholars floated

A group of scholars and practitioners from South Asian countries involved in the study of governance and development of South Asia have come together to launch a think-tank.  

The new platform-- the South Asian Network for Public Administration (SANPA)-- was launched on November 8, 2020, says press release. 

According to the press release, the main objective of SANPA is to foster research, knowledge production, capacity building, knowledge dissemination, and strengthen regional and international partnerships around public administration in South Asia and beyond. 

At present, the Network has representation from several South Asian nations, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Maldives. In the future, academics and practitioners from Pakistan, Bhutan, and Afghanistan will also be included in the platform.  

Prof Habib Zafarullah of the University of New England (Australia) has been elected the Network's founding chair, while Prof Akhlaque Haque of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States) and Prof R. Lalitha S. Fernando of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (Sri Lanka) are the Vice-Chairs.  Dr Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, a specialist in governance and development, is the Secretary-General. 

SANPA aims to explore issues in public policy, governance, and development, advance reform agendas and serve as a link between scholarship and the policy communities to promote excellence in public administration, enhance the quality of governance and adopt an inclusive approach towards development and human well-being. SANPA is deeply committed to contributing to the realisation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia and beyond.

The Network will soon adopt the annual work plan and partner with like-minded networks and platforms.