Mr. Monowar Ahmed has promoted to Secretary to the Government and posted to the Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance on 26 May 2019. Earlier he was Secretary in-charge of ERD from 25 October 2018. Having joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 1986 as a member of BCS Administrative Service 1984 Batch, he served in different Ministries and Divisions including Cabinet Division, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives in various capacities. Mr. Ahmed’s journey in ERD kicked off in July 2006 as a Deputy Secretary. Immediately before taking the current assignment, he served in same Division as Additional Secretary and founder Wing Chief of the newly established Development Effectiveness Wing.
During his career as a civil servant spanning over 32 years, Mr. Ahmed has garnered diversified experience, particularly in dealing with the issues pertaining to Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, Accra Agenda for Action and Busan Partnership Agreement. Among the civil servants of the government, he pioneered the activities regarding the Development Effectiveness and brought this issue into the policy discourse. He was involved with the preparation of Busan Partnership Agreement as an Alternate Sherpa from Bangladesh and was a member [alternate] of the Post-Busan Interim Group (PBIG) from Bangladesh. He was also involved with the preparation of Bangladesh Report on Paris Declaration Evaluation, OECD-DAC Survey, Harmonization Action Plan and Joint Cooperation Strategy. His involvement as member of Working Party on Aid Effectiveness and task team on Monitoring the Paris Declaration are considered as instrumental in steering the effective development cooperation related activities. He also workedas focal person on SDGs, Istanbul Program of Action (IPoA) and LDC Graduation.
At the Global arena, he acted as the Alternate Vice-Chair of IATI Governing Boardand co-chaired the Global Partnership Initiatives on Results & Mutual Accountability with Switzerland. Currently, he has devoted his service towards localization of Development Effectiveness Principles at the country level. Apart from these, he is working as the Alternate Co-Chair of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).
He obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Department of Economics, Jahangir Nagar University. Later he pursued Masters in Administrative Science from the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer, Germany in 1998.
Mr. Monowar Ahmed is married to Ms. Shahin Ahmed Chowdhury who is also a Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh and currently serving as Member (Secretary), Planning Commission. The couple is blessed with two sons.
A H M Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP