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August 27, 2014: Latest Bangladesh Poverty Maps Launched
The Bangladesh Poverty Maps 2010, which are the third generation of poverty maps in
Bangladesh, were launched today. These maps are an important statistical instrument
for estimating the poverty incidence up to sub-district (upazila) levels. The poverty
mapping exercises show that Rangpur and Barisal Divisions have the highest incidence
of poverty while Chittagong and Sylhet division have the lowest. The maps were
developed in a joint exercise by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the World
Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
August 21, 2014: New World Bank framework may open floodgates of potentially
devastating impact on indigenous people

In an Op-ed of the Daily Star, the Executive Director of Transparency International
Bangladesh criticized the World Bank for weakening its Safeguard Policies and
Environment and Social Framework.  
AABEA Biennial Convention to be held on November 15 2014
The American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects (AABEA) will hold its
next Biennial Convention on November 15, 2014, at Sheraton Hotel, Anaheim, California,
focusing on Economic Trends & Industrialization.
August 9, 2014: BDRC recognizes International Day of the World’s Indigenous

Recognizing August 9, 2014 as International Day of the World’s Indigenous People the
BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to indigenous people in Bangladesh
and some links to resources, recent news and additional information.
July 22, 2014: UK’s PM meets with Bangladesh’s PM in London
The Prime Ministers spoke about eliminating child marriage, January’s Bangladesh
election, development goals and the Bangladeshi diaspora.
June 5, 2014: BDRC recognizes World Environment Day 2014
Recognizing World Environment Day 2014 (June 5), the BDRC provides a list of recent
developmental publications related to Bangladesh’s environment.
May 29, 2014: Bangladesh has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world
As stated in the
IMF Press Release on the IMF Executive Board Completing the Fourth
Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Bangladesh: “Bangladesh
has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world, and it is critical to strengthen
revenues so as to broaden fiscal space for priority development spending, while
resisting pressures to provide further tax benefits. Implementation of the new VAT
remains the foremost priority, complemented by reforms to strengthen revenue
administration.” Bangladesh’s record is of course also related to the fact that the
government’s share in the Bangladeshi economy is small.
May 26, 2014: Bangladesh should embrace English
In a Daily Star Op-ed, Fakhruddin Ahmed writes that Bangladesh should embrace
English. Since the English-speaking world is on a roll, it is in Bangladesh's interest to
throw in its lot with them, technologically speaking, rather than fight them.
May 3, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Press Freedom Day 2014
Recognizing World Press Freedom Day 2014 (May 3), the BDRC provides a list of recent
developmental publications related to press freedom in Bangladesh.
April 25, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Malaria Day 2014
Recognizing World Malaria Day 2014 (April 25), the BDRC provides a list of recent
developmental publications related to malaria in Bangladesh.
April 24, 2014: One Year after the Rana Plaza Tragedy
The Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD, in partnership with a number of civil society
organizations) has launched an initiative to follow up and report, on a regular basis, on
the delivery status of the commitments made by involved stakeholders of the Rana Plaza
tragedy of 24 April 2013. The Third Independent Monitoring Report of the initiative was
April 7, 2014: BDRC recognizes World Health Day 2014
Recognizing World Health Day 2014 (April 7), the BDRC provides a list of recent
developmental publications related to health in Bangladesh.
March 22, 2014: BDRC recognizes World Water Day 2014
Recognizing World Water Day 2014 (March 22), the BDRC provides a list of recent
developmental publications related to water in Bangladesh.
March 10, 2014: Bangladesh warns of rising climate change costs as donations

The Guardian reports that Bangladesh needs $5billion over the next five years to adapt
to current climate changes, and the cost is rising each year. The UN climate talks
resume in Bonn, Germany, on Monday, March 10, 2014.

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