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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.
LEARN MORE (and see how you can help) --->
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.
LEARN MORE (ODI Report, pdf) --->
LEARN MORE (Why child labor is rampant in Dhaka's slums?) --->
LEARN MORE (BDRC Working Paper on Child Labor in Sylhet City, pdf) --->
November 13, 2016: New BDRC Working Paper examines impact of foreign aid before
and after the Paris Declaration
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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October 24, 2016: New IFPRI Office in Bangladesh
After 30 years of contributing to nutrition, food security, and agricultural development in
Bangladesh, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) officially opened its
Bangladesh country office in October 2016. An inaugural ceremony was held in Dhaka on
October 24, 2016, to commemorate the occasion.
October 5, 2016: Bangladeshi parliament passes bill to silence' its civil society
As reported by Deutsche Welle, a new bill passed by the Bangladeshi parliament on
Wednesday, October 5, sparked widespread criticism and concerns that the government is
trying to tighten its grip over non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the country.
The “Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Bill” has a provision that empowers
officials to withhold the registration of a foreign-funded NGO or ban its activities for making
“malicious” or “derogatory” remarks on any constitutional bodies of Bangladesh.
September 23, 2016: New BDRC Working Paper compares child marriages in
Bangladesh and Niger
A new BDRC Working Paper by Samantha Morrow analyzes the economic motivation behind
marrying girls, explains the cyclical role of education, and examines the health-related
consequences. While technically illegal, child marriage is culturally significant and has
continued to be prevalent in Bangladesh and Niger. With 76 percent of girls married before
they turn 18, Niger has the highest rate of child brides in the world. Poverty is a driving factor
for many families in Niger to marry girls. In Bangladesh, where 52 percent of girls are married
before they turn 18, sociocultural norms are a key motivating influence.

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