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n partnership with the Yale MacMillan Center, the Bangladesh Development Initiative hosts
an International Conference at Yale University from March 22-24, 2019. The conference will
feature critical thinkers, change makers, thought leaders, young scholars, experienced
educators, eminent journalists, lawyers and human right activists, development specialists,
NGO representatives, practitioners, and students from across the globe.
Feb. 28, 2019: Bangladesh is booming, but authoritarianism could burst its bubble
A Press Release by the University of Manchester details how Bangladesh has been a
development success story in recent years. However, recent years have also seen
Bangladesh regress towards authoritarian rule. During the most recent election, government
security forces launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition whose members also
responded with violence. There were also claims the vote was rigged. An independent survey
by Transparency International confirmed major irregularities, including ballot stuffing in 47 out
of 50 sample constituencies.
February 9, 2019: Empowered women drive Bangladesh's development
As reported by the Daily Star, speaking in a high-level seminar at the International Criminal
Court, The Hague, Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sheikh Mohammed Belal,
stated that women in Bangladesh are driving Bangladesh’s development journey in a big way,
as the country's economic transformation is driven -- in large part -- by social changes,
starting with the empowerment of women.
January 24, 2019: Climate change creates a new migration crisis for Bangladesh
A report by the National Geographic illustrates how Bangladesh, already grappling with the
Rohingya crisis, now faces a devastating migration problem as hundreds of thousands face
an impossible choice between battered coastlines and urban slums.
December 31, 2018: PM Sheikh Hasina wins landslide in disputed vote
As reported by BBC News, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive
term with a landslide victory in Bangladesh’s national election. But the opposition alliance,
which won just seven seats, condemned the vote as "farcical", marred by violence,
intimidation and vote rigging claims. Soon before polls opened, a BBC correspondent saw
filled ballot boxes at a polling center in the port city of Chittagong. The presiding officer
declined to comment. Only ruling party polling agents were present at that and several other
polling centers in the second-largest city of the country.
Dec. 6, 2018: SDG implementation tough without decentralization of government
As reported in the New Age, at a dialogue organized jointly by the Centre for Policy Dialogue
(CPD) and OXFAM, experts urged the government to ensure involvement of local government
bodies and communities in the implementation process of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) for making the development sustainable and inclusive.
November 21, 2018: Deadliest year for dengue fever in Bangladesh
As reported by The Guardian, by mid-October 2018, almost 7,450 cases of dengue had been
reported in Bangladesh, making it the deadliest year since the first recorded epidemic in
2000. In Dhaka, 68 dengue cases were recorded last year, compared with 254 cases in the
first four months this year.
November 12, 2018: In quest of a fair price for farmers
In the Anniversary Supplement of the Financial Express, Mabroor Mahmood discusses how to
ensure a fair price of crops for farmers. The article analyzes why farmers do not get a fair
price and how it can be resolved through Government intervention.
November 5, 2018: World Bank will provide US$ 175 million to Bangladesh for
increasing its forest cover
As reported by Ibrahim Hossain Ovi for the Dhaka Tribune, the World Bank has signed an
agreement with Bangladesh to provide US$175 million to increase the country’s forest cover.
The funds will be utilized to plant trees on around 79,000 hectares of forest land, through a
collaborative forest management system. It will also help 40,000 underprivileged people earn
more money via alternative income generation activities. The sudden influx of over 725,000
Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar lost the country nearly 13,000 hectares of forest land. The project
will restore trees to19,925 hectares of the coastal district.
October 21, 2018: New Book on Bangladesh’s Graduation from the Least Developed
Countries Group: Pitfalls and Promises
Edited by Debapriya Bhattacharya and published by Routledge Taylor & Francis group, the
book, containing six chapters authored by CPD researchers, aims to articulate appropriate
strategies and initiatives to help Bangladesh to maintain its developmental momentum and to
prepare for a sustainable graduation in 2024. In doing so, the book explores themes such as
key analytical issues of the LDC graduation paradigm, smooth transition, and structural
transformation, and post-graduation challenges and opportunities. It also takes into
cognizance the uncertain external environment and the emerging global scenario within which
Bangladesh’s graduation is to take place.
October 9, 2018: Bangladesh fails to address rising inequality  
An October 2018 report by Development Finance International and Oxfam shows that
Bangladesh is the 10th worst country in the world with regards to commitments to address
inequality. The index measures government action on social spending, taxes and labor rights.
Table 11 of the report shows that Bangladesh is also ranked the 10th worst country in the
world with regards to labor rights and minimum wage.
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