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April 18, 2017: Bangladesh Bank appoints Dr. Faisal Ahmed as Chief Economist
                       Dr. Faisal Ahmed, who previously held several positions at the International
                       Monetary Fund (IMF), including IMF representative to Cambodia from 2011-15,
                       has been appointed Chief Economist of Bangladesh’s central bank. He has
                       worked as a Senior Economic Adviser to the Governor of Bangladesh Bank
                       since August 2015. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University
                       of Minnesota and a master’s degree in finance from Princeton University.
April 3, 2017: WFP Reaffirms Its Commitment to Zero Hunger in Bangladesh
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a new four-year Country
Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2020 designed to strengthen and support the Government of
Bangladesh in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of “Zero Hunger” by 2030.
The CSP Bangladesh is budgeted at USD 201.6 million and reflects an evolution in WFP’s way
of working from being a deliverer of food assistance to an enabler of governments to achieve
national hunger solutions. WFP will work to improve malnutrition, to ensure access to food, to
support sustainable food systems, and to support emergency preparedness activities. WFP will
be capitalizing on decades of operational experience in Bangladesh and around the world to
support the government with technical assistance, operational know-how and evidence to
inform policies.  
April 1, 2017: Backtracking on U.S. Climate Pledges Affects Bangladesh and U.S.
In an open letter to the American people, Dr. Saleemul Huq (Director of the International Centre
for Climate Change and Development at Independent University, Bangladesh) writes that
President Trump’s backtracking on U.S. climate pledges will affect Bangladesh. However, the
biggest impact of President Trump’s executive order will ultimately fall on his own citizens as
homes, roads, and other infrastructure may be built with no regard to the rising risk of floods,
droughts, or storms.
March 5, 2017: Making the Budget More Vibrant
In an Op-ed of the Daily Star, Dr. Biru Paksha Paul (the former Chief Economist of the
Bangladesh Bank) states that the time has come to change the structure and attitude of the
Government’s Budget. He refers to a dysfunctionality of the Budget’s annual development
programme (ADP), which is illustrated by the fact that only 50 percent of the ADP was
implemented in the first 10 months of the last fiscal year (FY 2016). Despite record progress,
the ADP’s implementation during the first 7 months of the current FY 2017 was only 33 percent.
Dr. Paul suggests that the best way to end the recurring dramas of ADP failures and the
pipeline stories of unused foreign resources is to create an independent infrastructure part in
the budget as soon as possible.
February 13, 2017: New IMF Training and Technical Assistance Center Inaugurated
A new South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) was officially
inaugurated on February 13, 2017. SARTTAC is a collaborative venture between the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and
development partners. The Center aims at helping its member countries strengthen their
institutional and human capacity to design and implement macroeconomic and financial policies
that promote growth and reduce poverty.
January 28, 2017: Take Action to Protect Girls
Bangladesh has made strides in passing progressive laws for women and girls. But a new law
aimed at ending child marriage could include a ‘special circumstances’ clause where young girls
may be forced to marry their rapists.
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January 4, 2017: Bangladesh Development Bibliography contains 29,000+ entries
The BDRC’s Bangladesh Development Bibliography of this Millennium contains now more than
29 thousand entries. This bibliography is freely available on the BDRC website as a MS Excel
December 17-19, 2016: First Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience
The First Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience, held on December 17-19, 2016 in
Dhaka was organized by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development
(ICCCAD) and the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), Bangladesh.
December 8, 2016: Fifteen percent of Dhaka’s slum children work an average of 64
hours a week
A new report by Maria Quattri and Kevin Watkins at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
documents that child labor is rampant in Dhaka’s slums. The report describes a unique, large-
scale representative survey into the relationship between child labor and
education in slum settlements located across eight administrative units in Dhaka.
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November 13, 2016: New BDRC Working Paper examines impact of foreign aid
A new BDRC Working Paper by Nuzat Tasnim Dristy examines the impact of foreign aid on
Bangladesh’s economic growth before and after the signing of the Paris Declaration in 2005.
The result of the analysis is such that there is almost no change in the aid-growth relationship
before and after adopting the Paris Declaration principles.
October 27, 2016: 40 million people remain food insecure in Bangladesh
As reported by the Daily Star, a new report by the World Food Programme (WFP) came to the
conclusion that an alarmingly large number of people still remain food insecure and hungry:
one-quarter of the population (which amounts to 40 million people) was food insecure in 2014.
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