Local Level Collaborative Governance for Pandemic Responses: Unpacking A Case in Bangladesh

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Ashraful Alam Md Mahmudul Hoque


Responsive governance during the COVID-19 pandemic became a severe challenge for countries worldwide. With a relatively poor healthcare structure, Bangladesh performed moderately well in managing the first wave of the pandemic (March – December 2020). With substantive policy and decision-making support from the Centre, local governments collaborated with various relevant actors to enhance their pandemic- related services. In this background, this research used an integrative framework to study a case of local-level collaborative governance – the Saturia Model. Based on the authors' experience, reflections and review, this analysis explores various socio-economic and environmental factors behind the effectiveness of this collaboration in containment policies and providing support services to vulnerable groups. Findings indicate that coordination between state and non-state actors, resource mobilization, access and communication, community engagement and the adaptative capacity of the government are vital for making such collaborations work in a crisis. The lessons are valuable for prospective understanding and policy interventions.


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ALAM, Ashraful; HOQUE, Md Mahmudul. Local Level Collaborative Governance for Pandemic Responses: Unpacking A Case in Bangladesh. Policy & Governance Review, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 3, p. 207-228, sep. 2022. ISSN 2580-4820. Available at: <https://journal.iapa.or.id/pgr/article/view/589>. Date accessed: 03 oct. 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.30589/pgr.v6i3.589.


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