The Review Roundtables, consisting of 13 events held in Dhaka from 28 December 2015 to 16 March 2016, brought together economists and sector experts to discuss preliminary findings of research papers, with the aim of getting inputs from sector experts as well as fellow economists in order to improve papers and their cost-benefits analysis. Sector experts from the government, donor community, academia and nonprofits attended the roundtables.
The second sector experts’ roundtables aimed to: (a) discuss some of the smart solutions to address Bangladesh’s challenges, based on techniques of cost-benefit analysis; and, (b) mobilize support from government, development partners and NGOs by supporting them to set development priorities through evidence-based analysis, on interventions that provide the most social, environmental and economic good per taka spent. The second set of roundtables was strategically designed to draw wider support for both advocacy and implementation of the solutions under Bangladesh Priorities research. More attention was paid to the list of participants to ensure that the interventions received feedback from experts working within respective solutions: concerned government ministries and departments, researchers and academicians from think-tanks, NGOs, and relevant international agencies.