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August 7, 2019: Why is Bangladesh grappling with a record dengue fever outbreak?
Reporting for Al Jazeera News, Faisal Mahmud provides critical information on the sources
behind the current record dengue fever outbreak in Bangladesh, which are summarized as
poor urban planning, government mismanagement and resilience of some viral strands.
According to the Directorate of General Health Services (DGHS), nearly 30,000 people have
been infected with the dengue virus so far this year in the country of 170 million.
July 22, 2019: How Bangladesh Learned to Love the Belt and Road
A report by Sudha Ramachandran, published in The Diplomat, summarizes some of the key
issues related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and also provides some broader
background on Sino-Bangladeshi relations since independence.
July 9, 2019: Bangladesh floods displace thousands of Rohingya refugees
As reported by the Dhaka Tribune, flooding caused by heavy rains in Bangladesh have
displaced thousands of Rohingya refugees, says United Nations deputy spokesperson
Farhan Haq. UNICEF warns that the monsoon rains have damaged education and child
protection centers, as well as water supply sources and latrines -- increasing the risk of
waterborne diseases in the camp.
June 27, 2019: IMF Staff Completes 2019 Article IV Visit to Bangladesh
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Mr. Daisaku Kihara, visited Dhaka
from June 16-27 to hold discussions on the 2019 Article IV Consultation with Bangladesh. The
mission concluded that Bangladesh’s macroeconomic performance is set to remain strong in
fiscal year (FY) 2019/20, with growth projected at above mid-7 percent and inflation close to
the central bank’s target.
June 8, 2019: Bangladesh cuts child mortality rate by 63 percent
As reported by NewAge, Bangladesh reduced the under-5 years child mortality rate by 63
percent in last 20 years, which is the highest reduction in South Asia. Bhutan reduced it by 60
percent, Nepal by 59 percent, and India by 57 percent during the same period.
May 19, 2019: Bangladesh has about 1.5 million street children
Reporting for the Daily Star, Iqra L. Qamari provides a provocative account of about 1.5
million street children in Bangladesh. These children are vulnerable to street gangsters who
lure/force them into crime, begging or prostitution. These children neither exist in any
statistical records nor do they have any proper address; they wander rootless between
streets where villainous entities lurk in every corner ready to pounce on them.
May 17, 2019: Mitsubishi to invest $100 million to assemble cars in Bangladesh
As reported by the Daily Star, the Japanese automaker giant Mitsubishi has decided to invest
$100 million in Bangladesh to produce its branded vehicles. Ryujiro Kobashi, Vice
President of Mitsubishi Motors, revealed the information after a meeting with Commerce
Minister Tipu Munshi at the minister’s secretariat office in Dhaka yesterday.
April 25, 2019: Rohingya refugees face slim prospects for return
The International Crisis Group issued a new Briefing Paper today, stating that the nearly one
million Rohingya refugees have little hope of going home any time soon. The Bangladeshi
government should move to improve camp living conditions, in particular by lifting the
education ban and fighting crime. Donors should support such steps.
The secret behind the success of Bangladesh is the Bangladeshi people
In an Opinion published in the Daily Star on April 17, 2019, Munir Quddus writes that the
secret behind the success of Bangladesh is the Bangladeshi people. However, as we
celebrate these successes, it is our obligation as scholars and citizens to ask tough questions
to the policymakers and politicians in government.
March 22-24, 2019: Bangladesh in the Next 30 Years
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.
LEARN MORE --->  [BDI website]
LEARN MORE ---> [Opinion piece in the Daily Star by Manzoor Ahmed]
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.
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