The Changing Nature of Development: Implications for Traditional Donors. Guest lecture by Sajjad Rahman
Dr. Rahman obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1985. He specialized in international trade and finance. His thesis was on the demand for money in Asian developing economies and he was awarded a Ford Foundation International Dissertation Fellowship to undertake this work. He has a number of publications primarily on Asian development.
Dr. Rahman has over 25 years of experience in international development. He worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1992 to 2013 in various positions including Director of Evaluation, Director General for Strategic Planning for Asia and for the Indonesia, the Philippines and the Southeast Asia Regional Programs, Associate Vice-President of Policy, and Head of the Asia Branch In 2011-12, as the Executive Director of CIDA’s strategic and operating review, Dr. Rahman led the identification of potential savings proposals for CIDA and the international assistance envelope of the Government of Canada as part of the implementation of Government’s deficit reduction action plan announced in its March 2012 budget. In 2012-13, as the Executive Director, Development Finance Innovations Working Group, Dr. Rahman was responsible for leading an interdepartmental group providing recommendations for innovative international development financing options for the Government of Canada including the establishment of a development finance institution.
Over his long career in international development, Dr. Rahman has developed significant expertise in the areas of strategic planning and policy and assessment and evaluation. He is also very familiar with the organization and administration of bilateral and multilateral development organizations. Dr. Rahman has firsthand experience in the private sector having worked at the Conference Board of Canada during the early part of his career
Dr. Rahman has taught graduate courses in international development at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University and a Senior Associate at Universalia. Dr. Rahman was born in Bangladesh and is fluent in English and Bengali and can function in French, Hindi, and Urdu.