Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Lecture, Oslo, December 10, 2006  
(http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2006/yunus-lecture-en.html)  
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January 14, 2016: New Training Tool against Corruption in Textile Sector
Transparency International Bangladesh and Transparency International Deutschland
developed a training tool particular for the supply chain of the textile sector in Bangladesh. It is
based on real-life scenarios of solicitation and extortion demands, and also includes scenarios
of fraud and falsification which often are entry points of corruption.
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January 5, 2016: Bangladesh Receives $100 Million Grant to Help 19.5 Million Children
Complete Primary Schooling
The Government of Bangladesh today signed an agreement with the World Bank for a $100
million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the ongoing Third Primary
Education Development Program (PEDP3). The grant will help 19.5 million children in primary
school to receive primary education and complete grade 5.
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December 31, 2015: Bangladesh Development Bibliography Reaches 25,000
Publications
The BDRC’s Bangladesh Development Bibliography, which is a list of books, journal articles,
working papers, reports, etc., published in this Millennium (since January 1, 2000), has
surpassed 25,000 publications.
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December 1, 2015: New BDRC Working Paper Analyzes Industrial Noise Levels and
Impact on Workers’ Health in Industrial Areas of Bangladesh
This study by Kamrul Islam and Sahadeb Chandra Majumder identified the status of noise
levels, their ultimate impact on workers’ health, and noise reduction compliance in Kalurghat
Heavy Industrial Area (KHIA) of Chittagong. The study found that most of the factories hardly
use physical mechanisms to control excessive noise.
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November 17, 2015: New BDRC Working Paper examines National Budged based on a
Rights-based Approach (RBA) to development
This study by Emraan Azad, Mahmudul Hasan and Muhammad Mahdy Hassan examines
Bangladesh’s National Budget of 2014-15 from the perspective of a rights-based approach
(RBA) to development model. Comprised of plans, policies and processes of development, the
national budget has been analyzed to understand how a RBA model can incorporate the
concept of human development in the design and implementation process of different
development programs mandated by the annual budget.
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October 21, 2015: IMF Approves Disbursement of US$258.3 Million
Based on Press Release No. 15/476 (of October 21, 2015), the Executive Board of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the fifth and sixth reviews of Bangladesh’s
economic program under a three-year arrangement supported by the Extended Credit Facility
(ECF). The Executive Board’s decision enables the immediate disbursement of an amount
equivalent to about US$258.3 million to Bangladesh, bringing total disbursements under the
arrangement to about US$904.2 million.
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September 23, 2015: Bangladesh’s poverty rate drops to 24.8 percent
Based on Bangladesh’s latest MDG Progress Report 2015 (posted online by UNDP on
September 23, 2015), the estimated poverty rate for 2015 dropped to 24.8 percent, compared
to 31.5 percent in 2010 and 48.9 percent in 2000.
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September 4, 2015: New BDRC Working Paper Explores Water, Sanitation and Health
This study by Tawhidul Islam, Ohidul Alam, and Khaled Misbahuzzaman is based on a survey of
72 rural families that were selected randomly in two unions of Lohagara Upazila to explore the
current status and adopted measures in the water, sanitation and health sector (WaSH).
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August 5, 2015: United Nations Agrees on Goals for Sustainable Future
As reported by Edith Lederer for the Irish Examiner, the 193 member states of the UN have
reached agreement on a development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating
poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards, and taking urgent
action to combat climate change.
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July 23, 2015: Germany to provide 208 million Euro to Bangladesh
As reported by DhakaTribune, Germany will provide 208 million Euro in assistance to
Bangladesh for combating the adverse impacts of climate change, develop energy efficiency
and strengthen governance. The newly appointed German Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dr.
Thomas Prinz, said this while paying a courtesy call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports
United News of Bangladesh (UNB).
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Based on the 2015 Corruption Perception Index (CPI)
released today, Bangladesh’s score remained the same as in
2014. However, taking into account that the 2015 index
covers
fewer countries than in 2014, Bangladesh’s relative
ranking deteriorated slightly. Bangladesh continues to rank
far behind India and Sri Lanka, as well as behind Nepal and
Pakistan. After improvements in Bangladesh’s relative
ranking of the CPI from 2005 to 2011, recent data show a
negative trend. In 2015, Bangladesh had the same CPI score
as Guinea, Kenya, Laos, Papua New Guinea, and Uganda.
Bangladesh's Ranking in the
CPI relative to Other Countries