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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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Sept. 14, 2018: Bangladesh improves ranking in Human Development Index (HDI)
Based on the 2018 Statistical Update of the Human Development Indices and Indicators,
released on September 14, 2018), Bangladesh improved its ranking from 138 (HDI 2016) to
136 (HDI 2017).  The Human Development Index, calculated this year for 189 countries, ranks
countries according to their progress in key dimensions of human development: health,
education and income.
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September 9, 2018: Development without democracy is not sustainable
A Roundtable on “Development, Democracy and Good Governance” organized by The Dhaka
Forum (TDF), a non-political platform of cross-section citizens, lamented the gap between
development and democracy in Bangladesh. Speakers, including economists, former
bureaucrats, political scientists and good-governance campaigners, stressed the need for
strengthening the rule of law in the country and making the government institutions
accountable to achieve prosperity.
August 13, 2018: Original Plans for Express Bus Route Slashed
As reported by Tawfique Ali in the Daily Star, only 10 km of the originally planned 22 km Bus
Rapid Transit will be possible, and even those 10 km will not be finished before 2024. The
rapid bus service was much touted as a way to ease the capital's chronic traffic congestion.
The changed plans are mainly due to arbitrarily built flyovers, which block its proposed route,
said officials and transport experts.
August 8, 2018: UN wants tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine
The UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) and the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) urged Myanmar authorities on August 8, 2018, to make tangible progress to improve
conditions in Rakhine State. The call came within two months of the signing of the tripartite
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNHCR, UNDP, and the government of
Myanmar. In a joint statement, the UN agencies said the Myanmar government's willingness to
take the lead in the implementation of this agreement is critical to creating conditions
conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees.

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