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February 21, 2014: Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day
Recognizing Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day 2014 (February 21, 2014), the
BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to Bengali and development.
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February 3, 2014: Bangladesh has potential to enhance trade
Due to the shifting of economic, political and social aspects to Asia, South-South trade has immense potential. Bangladesh
can enhance this trade by focusing on information technology, renewable energy and creative industries.
LEARN MORE --->
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February 2, 2014: “Easy Like Water” and “Life Is Still Not Ours”
These are the titles of two new outstanding movies related to Bangladesh. “Easy Like Water” is about a visionary architect,
who is building floating schools to turn the front lines of climate change into a community of learning. “Life is still not ours”
is an attempt to weave together the complex history of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
LEARN MORE ---> Website and trailer for Easy Like Water
LEARN MORE ---> Website and trailer for Life Is Still Not Ours
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January 9 / January 19, 2014: BDRC publishes 3 new Working Papers
The Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC) has published 3 new papers in its Bangladesh Development
Working Paper Series (BDRWPS). The BDRWPS contains now 21 papers. The last three papers cover, respectively, the
impact of remittances on economic growth in Bangladesh (BDRWPS No. 19), Bangladesh’s structural
transformation, macroeconomic volatility and uncertainty and their policy implications (BDRWPS No. 20), and Bangladesh's
priority areas to further its development (BDRWPS No. 21).
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January 5, 2014: Boycotted election does not resolve the political crisis
The election of January 5th leaves the political crisis exactly where it was before voting started. This is how a BBC analyst
described Bangladesh’s election on January 5, 2014, which was boycotted by all major opposition parties as they were
convinced that an election carried out by the current government would be rigged. All elections since 1991 have been held
under a neutral caretaker administration to ensure that voting results are not fixed. But the Awami League abolished the
caretaker system in 2010, arguing that it was no longer necessary.
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December 10, 2013:  BDRC recognizes Human Rights Day 2013
Recognizing Human Rights Day December 10, 2013, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to human
rights in Bangladesh.
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December 1, 2013:  BDRC recognizes World AIDS Day 2013
Recognizing World AIDS Day December 1, 2013, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to HIV/AIDS in
Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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BDRC recognizes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Recognizing International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), the BDRC provides a list of
recent publications related to violence against women in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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November 20, 2013:  BDRC recognizes Universal Children's Day
Recognizing Universal Children's Day, November 20, 2013, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to
children in Bangladesh.
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November 18, 2013: Some garment factories failed Wal-Mart safety checks
Wal-Mart hired Bureau Veritas to check some 200 factories it uses in Bangladesh after the April collapse of the Rana
Plaza building killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted often grim conditions in the country's garment industry. Of the
about 75 factories have been audited so far, about 10 garment factories failed safety checks.
LEARN MORE --->
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November 14, 2013:  BDRC recognizes World Diabetes Day
Recognizing World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2013, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to diabetes
in Bangladesh.
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November 11, 2013: Bangladesh recognizes third gender
Based on a decision made at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on November 11, 2013,
Bangladesh will from now consider so-called Hijras as a separate gender. As Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain
Bhuiyan briefed the media after the cabinet meeting, Hirjas will get priority for education and other rights.
LEARN MORE --->
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October 17, 2013:  BDRC recognizes International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Recognizing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17, 2013, the BDRC provides a list of recent
publications related to poverty eradication in Bangladesh.
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October 16, 2013:  BDRC recognizes World Food Day
Recognizing World Food Day 2013, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to food security in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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October 6, 2013: Bangladesh’s Political Unrest Affects Economic Activity
The IMF Press Release on Bangladesh (of October 6, 2013) states that substantial progress has been achieved in
strengthening macroeconomic policies. However, unrest and political uncertainty in the run-up to elections are affecting
economic activity by disrupting supply and curbing investment appetite, with real GDP growth now expected to moderate
below 6 percent in the fiscal year 2014.
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September 8, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Literacy Day 2013
Recognizing World Literacy Day 2013 (September 8, 2013), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications
related to literacy in Bangladesh.
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August 12, 2013: Government of Bangladesh needs to release Adilur Rahman Khan
Human rights organizations and governments around the world (including those of the European Union and the United
States) are deeply concerned by the August 10th detention of Adilur Rahman Khan and demand an immediate release.
Adi is the Secretary of the internationally-respected Bangladeshi human rights organization Odhikar and has been
arrested for Odhikar’s fact finding that 61 persons had been killed during the Shapla Chottor crackdown on May 5-6, 2013.
Sign the petition at: http://www.change.org/en-GB/suggested?petition_id=1259805
LEARN MORE (Odhikar statement) --->
LEARN MORE (U.S. State Dept. statement) --->
LEARN MORE (EU statement; PDF) --->
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August 9, 2013: BDRC recognizes International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Recognizing August 9, 2013 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.
LEARN MORE --->
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June 5, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Environment Day 2013
Recognizing World Environment Day 2013 (June 5, 2013), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications
related to Bangladesh’s environment.
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U.S. Retailers Announce New Factory Safety Plan
May 30, 2013: The New York Times published a report by Steven Greenhouse that feeling pressure from consumer and
labor groups for not doing more to ensure factory safety in Bangladesh, Wal-Mart, Gap and numerous other retailers
along with the nation’s main retail federations are seeking to forge a new plan to promote safety in that country’s apparel
industry.
LEARN MORE --->
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May 3, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Press Freedom Day 2013
Recognizing World Press Freedom Day 2013 (May 3, 2013), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental
publications related to press freedom in Bangladesh.
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Bangladesh factory collapse: A human-made tragedy built on our greed
After the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on April 24, 2013, fingers are pointed at the building owner, Mohammed
Sohel Rana, who told people that the building was safe despite the visible cracks discovered the day before. But the
responsibility for this human-made tragedy goes far beyond that of Mr. Rana as we all knew from previous tragedies (like
the garment factory fire that killed 112 garment workers in November 2012) that the retailers' claims that they could ensure
worker safety through self-regulation is not working. The tragedy beyond the factory collapse is that globalization has
caused a race to the bottom in terms of poor labor standards across the developing countries and that despite calls from
organizations like the ILO, little has been done to improve the safety of factory workers in Bangladesh and many other
developing countries. The solution is not to boycott Bangladeshi garments, but to strengthen fundamental labor standards
across the world.
Further reading: The Social Dimension of Globalization (pdf)
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April 25, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Malaria Day 2013
Recognizing World Malaria Day 2013 (April 25), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to
malaria in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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April 7, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Health Day 2013
Recognizing World Health Day 2013 (April 7), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to
health in Bangladesh.
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March 28, 2013: Record Japanese loan to spur Bangladesh economy
As reported by Khabar South Asia, Japan has extended its biggest-ever loan package to Bangladesh: $1.04 billion for
infrastructure projects aimed at providing clean drinking water, ease traffic congestion, strengthen local government and
diversify energy sources.
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March 22, 2013: BDRC recognizes World Water Day 2013
Recognizing World Water Day 2013 (March 22), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to
water in Bangladesh.
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March 08, 2013: BDRC recognizes International Women's Day 2013
Recognizing International Women's Day 2013, the BDRC provides: 1) links to some recent videos on women's issues in
Bangladesh, and 2) a list of recent developmental publications related to women in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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February 22-24, 2013: BDI-CSAS Conference in Berkeley, California
As announced previously, the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) and the Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) at
the UC Berkeley have organized an international conference on “Bridging the Policy-Action Divide: Challenges and
Prospects for Bangladesh”. BDRC volunteers are presenting a total of 4 papers at the conference. For one of the papers
to be presented by the BDRC President, Dr. Bernhard Gunter,
please click here (PDF).
LEARN MORE --->
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February 21, 2013: Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day
Recognizing Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day 2013 (February 21, 2013), the
BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to Bengali and development in Bangladesh.
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Call for Funding Proposals for Social Accountability in Bangladesh
The World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) has announced its First Call for Proposals, which is
open to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in one of 12 countries that have
‘opted-in’ to the GPSA. Bangladesh is one of the 12 countries. The deadline is March 14, 2013.
LEARN MORE --->
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January 23, 2013: Bangladesh makes progress with Open Budget Index, but…
Based on the latest Open Budget Index (OBI, released today, January 23, 2013), Bangladesh made significant progress in
its relative ranking. While Bangladesh ranked 46th among 94 countries in the 2010 OBI, it now ranks 26th among 100
countries in the OBI 2012. However, in most other recent rankings, including the most recent Corruption Perceptions Index,
the Ease of Doing Business Index, the Economic Freedom Index , the Global Climate Risk Index, the Global
Competitiveness Index, and the Press Freedom Index), Bangladesh’s relative ranking deteriorated compared to previously
published indices.
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January 6, 2013: Government borrowing from banks is expected to exceed US$12.5 billion in FY2013
As reported today by the Financial Express, unveiling an analytical review of Bangladesh's macroeconomic performance in
fiscal year 2013, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) projected on January 5, 2013 that government borrowing in FY
2013 (July 2012-June 2013) is expected to exceed Taka 100 billion (which is about US$12.5 billion using current exchange
rates). CPD Executive Director Dr. Mustafizur Rahman said the National Board of Revenue (NBR) collected revenues
during the first five months ending November 2012 at a level which was 15 percent higher than those of corresponding
period last fiscal year. However, this is below the targeted 18.9 percent, and hence, the NBR would need to collect
revenues at an incremental rate of around 22 percent in the next seven months to achieve its annual target.
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December 20, 2012: Preparing a launching pad for industrialization
Is Bangladesh ready to transform itself from an agriculture-based economy to an industry-based economy? This is the
issue addressed in an op-ed by Md. Joynal Abdin in The Financial Express today.
LEARN MORE --->
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December 10, 2012:  BDRC recognizes Human Rights Day 2012
Recognizing Human Rights Day December 10, 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to human
rights in Bangladesh.
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December 5, 2012: Bangladesh is finding new ways to adapt to climate change
As the latest round of United Nations climate talks are wrapping up in Doha, Deutsche Welle has interviewed the
Bangladeshi scientist Saleemul Huq on what developing nations are aiming toward at the conference. Bangladesh is
among the countries most affected by climate change. Storms and floods are occurring ever more frequently and, if sea
levels continue to rise, millions of people in the densely populated country could be forced from their homes. But the
country is also finding new ways to adapt to climate change - a role that countries at the Doha talks could emulate.
LEARN MORE --->
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December 1, 2012: New HIV/AIDS infections are falling in Bangladesh
As reported by bdnews24.com, the number of people newly-infected with HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh fell from 445 in 2011 to
338 in 2012, which is slightly below the 343 new HIV positive cases of 2010. Recognizing World AIDS Day, the BDRC also
provides a list of new publications related to HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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BDRC recognizes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Universal Children's Day,
and World Diabetes Day
Recognizing International Diabetes Day (November 14), Universal Children's Day (November 20), and International Day for
the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to each
of these days.
New Publications related to violence against women in Bangladesh
New publications related to children in Bangladesh
New publications related to diabetes in Bangladesh
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November 3, 2012: Women on bikes bring the Internet to Bangladesh villages
Based on a project that was created in 2008 by D.Net and other organizations, women on bicycles, called Info Ladies,
bring the Internet to remote areas of Bangladesh. The project offers the possibility of being up-to-date on what is
happening around the world.
LEARN MORE --->
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October 17, 2012:  BDRC recognizes International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Recognizing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17, 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent
publications related to poverty eradication in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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October 16, 2012:  BDRC recognizes World Food Day
Recognizing World Food Day 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to food security in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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10/11/12:  BDRC recognizes First International Day of the Girl Child
Marking the first International Day of the Girl Child (October 11, 2012), the BDRC provides two website links:
1) a
video  about The Girl Effect by www.girleffect.org that has inspired millions of people around the world, and
2) the BDRC task on
Children in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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October 3. 2012: ADB releases its 2013-15 Country Operations Business Plan for Bangladesh
Based on this new Country Operations Business Plan, the indicative Asian Development Fund (ADF) planning figure in
2013–2014 is $438 million per year. Actual allocations for these years will be based on the updated estimate of ADF
commitment authority and the results of the 2012 country performance assessment. For 2015, the indicative ADF
allocation is $450 million. The indicative ordinary capital resources (OCR) allocation for 2013–2015 is $410 million per
year. The tentative annual technical assistance (TA) program is $7.6 million for 2013–2015.
LEARN MORE --->
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Jibon Tari - A Floating Hospital for the Poor
September 21, 2012: Global Voices posted today the English translation of a story on a floating hospital for the poor.
Based on Bangladesh’s large network of waterways, a river barge called the Jibon Tari has been sailing to the most
remote regions of the country, bringing doctors, nurses and medicines closer to people who, until then, did not have ready
access to such medical facilities. The boat is funded by Impact Foundation Bangladesh, which is a branch of a London-
based aid organization specialized in helping to cure disability in the developing world.
LEARN MORE --->
SEE ALSO: Bangladesh’s Floating Schools
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September 15, 2012: Rights group blasts new value added tax (VAT) law
Criticizing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for pursuing discredited tax policy in Bangladesh, civil society members at
a discussion Saturday urged the government to reconsider a new VAT law 2012, which has been prepared to fulfill the IMF
conditions.
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September 8, 2012: BDRC recognizes International Literacy Day
Recognizing International Literacy Day, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications and other information related to
literacy in Bangladesh.
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September 6, 2012: Global food situation: A threat for Bangladesh?
“Global food situation: A threat for Bangladesh?” This is the heading of an editorial by Wasi Ahmed in today’s Financial
Express. Ahmed writes that despite the looming global food crisis there are skeptics who appear to look at the issue more
as a media hype than as a potential threat for the millions of the world’s impoverished people.
LEARN MORE --->
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August 9, 2012: BDRC recognizes International Day of the World's Indigenous People
Recognizing International Day of the World's Indigenous People, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications and other
information related to the indigenous people in Bangladesh.
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July 18, 2012: UNESCO calls for investigation into murder of Bangladeshi journalist
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova denounced the murder of a Bangladeshi journalist, Jamal Uddin, last month. “It is
essential that the authorities investigate this outrageous attack on freedom of expression and on press freedom, which is
its corollary.” Mr. Uddin, a reporter for the Bengali-language newspaper Gramer Kagoi, was the third journalist to have
been killed in Bangladesh this year. According to Reporters without Borders, Mr. Uddin had been the target of death
threats in connection with his reporting on the local drug trade.
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June 13, 2012: Bangladesh faces a protracted political crisis
A new report by the International Crisis Group (entitled: Bangladesh: Back to the Future) shows that Bangladesh could
face a protracted political crisis in the lead-up to the 2013 elections unless Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government
changes course and takes a more conciliatory approach towards the political opposition and the military. Following the
December 2008 election, in which the Awami League (AL) secured a landslide victory, the hope, both at home and abroad,
was that Sheikh Hasina would use her mandate to revitalize democratic institutions and pursue national reconciliation,
ending the pernicious cycle of zero-sum politics between her AL and its rival, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Three and a half years on, hope has been replaced by deep disillusionment, with election-related violence rising daily.
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Deadline for research paper abstracts approaching
As announced previously, Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) is (in partnership with the Center for South Asia
Studies, UC Berkeley) organizing another two-day international conference on Bangladesh, scheduled for February 22-24
(was previously March 29-30), 2013 at Berkeley, California. The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 15, 2012.
LEARN MORE ---> (pdf)
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June 5, 2012: BDRC recognizes World Environment Day 2012
Recognizing World Press Environment Day 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to the
environment and development in Bangladesh.
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BDRC’s Working Paper Series surpasses 2000 paper downloads
June 3, 2012: The Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS), which was created in April 2008
and currently contains 14 papers, has recently surpassed more than 1000 paper downloads via
RePEc as well as more
than 1000 paper downloads via the
SSRN website. The combined abstract views exceed far more than 12,000. These
paper downloads and abstract views do not include downloads and abstract views from other websites.
LEARN MORE --->
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May 24, 2012: Early Childhood Education is a Strategic Investment for the Future
An UNICEF news article by Sabine Dolan illustrates how early childhood development centers in Bangladesh provide
children with the best possible start by helping them develop their thinking and boosting their language and social skills.
The centers teach the basics of reading, writing and counting to prepare preschool children and their families for school
enrolment and future success.
LEARN MORE --->
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May 3, 2012: BDRC recognizes World Press Freedom Day 2012
Recognizing World Press Freedom Day 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to press freedom in
Bangladesh.
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Bangladesh Conference in February 2013: Call for Papers
Following the success of the 2008 and 2009 conferences, Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) is once again
organizing a two-day international conference to examine the gap between development policies and their implementation
in Bangladesh. The goal of the conference is to generate new ideas for transforming Bangladesh into a prosperous nation
in the early decades of the twenty first century. The conference, planned in partnership with the Center for South  Asia
Studies, UC Berkeley, is scheduled for February 22-24 (was previously March 29-30), 2013 at Berkeley, California.
LEARN MORE ---> (pdf)
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April 25, 2012: Ameerah Haq Appointed UN Under-Secretary-General
The Secretary-General has selected Ms. Ameerah Haq of Bangladesh as Under-Secretary-General for the Department of
Field Support. Ms. Haq is since 2009 the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Head of
the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). She has previously held various other positions, serving an
overall 37 years at the United Nations (19 in the field and 18 at HQs).
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April 25, 2012: BDRC recognizes World Malaria Day 2012
Recognizing World Malaria Day 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to malaria in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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April 7, 2012: BDRC recognizes World Health Day 2012
Recognizing World Health Day 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to health in
Bangladesh.
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April 5, 2012: Walmart launches groundbreaking initiative to empower women
Today Walmart launched its Women in Factories program, a five-year initiative that will empower 60,000 women working in
factories that supply products to Walmart and other retailers in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America. The
program, which is being implemented in collaboration with local NGOs, will teach critical life skills related to communication,
hygiene, reproductive health, occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths and gender sensitivity.
LEARN MORE --->
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March 22, 2012:
BDRC recognizes World Water Day 2012
Recognizing World Water Day 2012, the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to water in
Bangladesh.
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March 16, 2012: How Bangladeshis are tricked to sell their kidneys
As reported by ABC News, a new study by Monir Moniruzzaman (published in the latest issue of Medical Anthropology
Quarterly, Vol. 26, No, 1, pp. 69-91) documents how poor Bangladeshis are tricked into selling their kidneys; in the end,
they were brutally deceived. As Moniruzzaman shows, the current practice of organ commodification is both exploitative
and unethical, yet, it is deliberately silenced by vested interest groups for their personal gain.
LEARN MORE (ABC News story) --->
LEARN MORE (Moniruzzaman’s study (PDF)) --->
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March 08, 2012: BDRC recognizes International Women's Day 2012
Recognizing International Women's Day 2012, the BDRC provides: 1) links to some recent videos on women's issues in
Bangladesh, and 2) a list of recent developmental publications related to women in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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March 01, 2012: Bangladesh and UK sign MOU on renewable energy research
The Government of Bangladesh, the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the UK’s Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on joint research
on renewable energy.
LEARN MORE --->
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February 23, 2012: Selima Ahmad wins 2012 IDB prize
Selima Ahmad, founder and president of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) won
(jointly with others) the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) prize for women's contribution to development.
LEARN MORE --->
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February 21, 2012: Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day
Recognizing Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day (February 21, 2011) the BDRC
provides recent developmental publications related to Bangladesh’s Mother Language.
LEARN MORE --->
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Call for Abstracts for First National Conference on CBA to Climate Change
Action Research for Community Adaptation in Bangladesh (ARCAB), which is a long term research program on Community
Based Adaptation (CBA) to climate change, jointly managed by Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and the
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), is looking for abstracts for its first national conference on
CBA to climate change. Abstract should be submitted by 31st January 2012.
LEARN MORE --->
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January 3, 2012: Bangladesh Development Bibliography reaches over 18,000 entries
The BDRC’s fully searchable Bangladesh Development Bibliography, which is the world’s largest list of books, journal
articles, working papers, reports, etc. relevant for Bangladesh’s development published in this Millennium (since January 1,
2000) has surpassed 18,000 entries.
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December 10, 2011: Human Rights Day
Recognizing Human Rights Day 2011, the BDRC provides new publications related to human rights in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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Bangladesh in the 21st century: Democracy, Education and Economy
University Press Ltd. (UPL), Bangladesh’s premier book publisher, published three volumes of papers written for and
presented at two conferences organized at Harvard University:  “Bangladesh in the 21st Century” held on June 13-14,
2008, and “Ideas and Innovations for the Development of Bangladesh: The Next Decade” held on October 9-10, 2009.
The three books cover a broad range of issues authored by many of Bangladesh’s top scholars on Bangladesh’s future
with regards to democracy, education, and economy. Respectively, the three volumes are entitled as “
Democracy in
Bangladesh: Political Dimensions of National Development
”, “Education and National Development”, and “Bangladesh
Economy in the 21st Century
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HDI 2011: Despite progress, falling behind in relative terms
Bangladesh’s Human Development Index (HDI) has increased significantly from 0.496 in UNDP’s Human Development
Report (HDR) 2010, to 0.500 in the HDR 2011. However, largely due to the inclusion of many more advanced countries in
this year’s HDI, Bangladesh fell behind in relative terms (from being ranked 129th among 169 countries in the HDR 2010,
to being ranked 146th among 187 countries in the HDR 2011). Furthermore, Bangladesh also fell further behind India, as
India’s HDI increased from 0.542 in 2010 to 0.547 in 2011. However, as a more detailed analysis shows, this falling behind
India is due to a lower increase in Bangladesh’s gross national income (GNI) per capita relative to that of India’s increase
in GNI per capita. Indeed, looking at the non-income HDI, Bangladesh has basically caught up with India as Bangladesh’s
non-income HDI increased from 0.543 in 2010 to 0.566 in 2011, while India’s non-income HDI increased from 0.549 in
2010 to 0.568 in 2011.
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December 1, 2011: Bangladesh makes progress with reducing corruption
According to Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), released today, Bangladesh made
some progress with reducing corruption, and especially if comparing Bangladesh with other countries. While Bangladesh
was ranked 134th among 179 countries in the 2010 CPI, it now ranks 120th among 183 countries. Bangladesh shares the
120th position with 8 other countries (Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Mozambique, and the
Solomon Islands). Still, corruption continues to hamper Bangladesh’s development prospects. For example, the World
Bank suspended its US$1.2 billion financing for the Padma bridge project on October 10, 2011 (based on charges of
corruption in river dredging, the appointment of consultants and the selection of preliminary contractors in the project).
Following the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
also deferred their loans for the project.
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December 01, 2011: World AIDS Day
Recognizing World AIDS Day 2011, the BDRC provides new publications related to HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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November 30, 2011: Germany wants stronger relations with Bangladesh
Visiting German President Christian Wulff said yesterday his country would explore new areas of cooperation with
Bangladesh in trade, investment and power.
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November 25, 2011: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Recognizing International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the BDRC provides new publications related
to violence against women in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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November 20, 2011: Universal Children’s Day
Recognizing November 20, 2011 as Universal Children’s Day, the BDRC provides a list of new publications related to
children in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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November 14, 2011: World Diabetes Day
Recognizing November 14, 2011 as World Diabetes Day, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to
diabetes in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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October 17, 2011: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Recognizing October 17, 2010 as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the BDRC provides a list of new
publications related to poverty eradication in Bangladesh.
LEARN MORE --->
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October 16, 2011: World Food Day
Recognizing October 16, 2011 as World Food Day, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to food security
in Bangladesh.
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October 12, 2011: Bangladesh makes large progress in reducing hunger
According to the just released 2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI), Bangladesh is among the seven countries that made the
largest absolute progress between the 1990 GHI and the 2011 GHI, with scores falling by 13 points or more. Despite this
progress, the hunger situation in Bangladesh is still alarming (the worst category after extremely alarming). For example,
Bangladesh, India, and Timor-Leste have the highest prevalence of underweight in children younger than five–more than
40 percent in all three countries.  
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Why do more girls survive in Bangladesh than India?
In India, old forms of discrimination have been exacerbated by the advent of new technologies that permit female-selective
abortion so that not only do more girl children die in the early years of life but fewer are born. The picture in neighbouring
Bangladesh seems to be rather different. There, the survival chances of girls have improved and there is little evidence of
sex selective abortion.
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September 25, 2011: 45 researchers join rank of Researcher of the Millennium
The BDRC’s list of Bangladesh Development Researchers of the Millennium reaches 45 researchers (each researcher has
published at least 25 publications since 2000).
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September 8, 2011: BDRC recognizes International Literacy Day
Recognizing September 8, 2011 as International Literacy Day, the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to
literacy in Bangladesh.
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August 25, 2011: World Bank approved a US$300 million credit for PEDP III
The World Bank approved today a US$300 million credit for the Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP III)
to support primary education in Bangladesh. Despite significant progress with school enrollment, only 60 percent of
children enrolled complete grades 1-5 in five years and only 44 percent of these go onto secondary school.
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August 9, 2011: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Recognizing August 9, 2011 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 additional information.
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July 25, 2011: BDRC launches fully searchable Bibliography
After half a year of testing, the BDRC has now moved its whole Bangladesh Development Bibliography (which is the world’s
largest bibliography on development issues of Bangladesh) to a fully searchable web-based application. The new website
allows anybody to easily search currently more than 13,000 records completely free.
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Easy Like Water / Bangladesh’s solar powered floating schools
“EASY LIKE WATER” is a feature documentary film, currently in production, on Bangladesh’s solar powered floating
schools and the fate of the earth more generally. For a trailer and more information about the documentary film,
please
click here. For more general information, please see the BDRC’s task on solar powered floating schools.
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June 5, 2011: World Environment Day 2011
Recognizing World Environment Day (June 5, 2011), the BDRC provides a list of recent publications related to key
environmental issues in Bangladesh.
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Tell Walmart: Intervene Before Labor Activists Are Sentenced to Death
Change.org (which is an online activism platform for social change that raises awareness about important causes) has
posted a petition to sign to “Tell Walmart: Intervene Before Labor Activists Are Sentenced to Death”.
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May 3, 2011: World Press Freedom Day 2011
Recognizing World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2011), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications
related to press freedom in Bangladesh.
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Domestic prices for rice grew by 21 percent since June 2010
An April 2011 report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) shows that Bangladesh’s increase in domestic retail prices of
rice has outpaced the increase in international prices. As shown in Figure 5 of the ADB report, between June 2010 and
February 2011, global rice prices increased by 16.8 percent. However, domestic rice prices since June 2010 went up by
21.4 percent in Bangladesh. During the same period, the domestic wheat prices in Bangladesh grew by 50 percent (which
is about half of the international price increase). These sharp food price increases have negative impacts on poverty
reduction as well as efforts to reduce inflation.
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April 25, 2011: World Malaria Day 2011
Recognizing World Malaria Day (April 25, 2011), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to
malaria in Bangladesh.
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Bangladesh can teach us how best to adapt to rising sea levels
“The people of Bangladesh have much to teach us about how a crowded planet can best adapt to rising sea levels. For
them, that future is now.” This is the abstract of an outstanding photo story published in the May 2011 issue of the
National Geographic (Vol. 219, No. 5, pp. 58-83). Recognizing that the world’s population will reach 7 billion later this year,
the highly informative article by Don Belt (enhanced by Jonas Bendiksen’s photographs) is part of a series on what it will
take to feed nine billion people in 2045.
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April 7, 2011: World Health Day 2011
Recognizing World Health Day (April 7, 2011), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to
health issues in Bangladesh.
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March 25, 2011: Bangladesh judiciary is the top most corrupted sector
Dr. Md. Saidul Islam writes in an editorial of the “Holiday” that Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) recently made
a sector -wise survey and found that the Bangladesh judiciary is the top most corrupted sector, followed by the law
enforcement agency and the land administration. The precarious state of the Bangladesh judiciary has also been depicted
in the July 2010 issue of
Asian Culture and History, where Dr. Md. Abdul Jalil and Dr. Md. Saidul Islam write (p. 64): “The
common practice in Bangladesh is not to take any legal action against the criminals of ruling party or alliance, while often
harsh legal actions are taken against the opposition leaders and activists though sometimes there might have no evidence
of corruption against them. The legal apparatus in Bangladesh therefore largely serves the interest of the ruling elites, and
provides a powerful tool for them to abate and crush the political opponents.”
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March 22, 2011: World Water Day 2011
Recognizing World Water Day (March 22, 2011), the BDRC provides a list of recent developmental publications related to
water issues in Bangladesh.
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March 13, 2011: Microfinance helped to reduce poverty in Bangladesh
In a Daily Star op-ed, Dr. Shahid Khandker and Dr. Hassan Zaman write that poverty among micro-credit borrowers has
been reduced by 1.6 percentage points per year due to microfinance. Furthermore, due to spillover effects of microfinance
programs, poverty levels of non-borrowers have gone down by 0.3 percentage points a year. It is clear that microfinance
can protect households from shocks, contribute to changing societal norms about the role of women in society and lead to
some households moving out of poverty. Overall, it has played its part in the impressive progress Bangladesh has made in
poverty reduction over the past two decades. Clearly, not everyone utilizes loans productively, and there is a risk of falling
into over-indebtedness. So, the role of microfinance should be strengthened through further innovations which take into
account these pitfalls.
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March 8, 2011: International Women’s Day 2011
Recognizing International Women’s Day (March 8, 2011), the BDRC provides 1) links to two recent videos telling stories of
women in Bangladesh and 2) a list of recent developmental publications related to women and gender issues in
Bangladesh.
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February 24, 2011: World Bank approved a US$1.2 billion IDA credit for Padma Bridge
In order to improve connectivity and boost opportunities for people in Southwest Bangladesh, the World Bank approved a
US$1.2 billion concessional IDA credit to Bangladesh for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project. Spanning the Padma
River (the world’s third largest), the 6.1 km long bridge will connect nearly 30 million people in the Southwest region to the
rest of country, enhancing their access to markets and services while accelerating growth in the country as a whole. The
bridge is the largest IDA credit ever.
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February 21, 2011: Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day
Recognizing Bangladeshi Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day (February 21, 2011) the BDRC
provides recent developmental publications related to Bangladesh’s Mother Language.
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February 12, 2011: Bangladesh on track with MDG5
Based on the nationwide Maternal Mortality Survey 2011, maternal deaths fell from 322 per 100,000 in 2001 to 194 in
2010, which is consistent with the target of the fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG5) to reduce the maternal mortality
ratio between 1990 and 2015 by three quarters.
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January 22, 2011: Opening of Banglabandha Land Port
Bangladesh and India started today their long-awaited trade through Banglabandha port in Bangladesh’s most northern
part. From now, goods from both countries can pass through the land port.
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Energy experts vouched for alternative energy solutions in Bangladesh
On January 8th, 2011, The Daily Star (Bangladesh's most prominent English newspaper) organized a Leadership
Colloquium to bring together major stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and resident and non-resident
Bangladeshi experts to discuss new ideas for the energy sector and practical innovative solutions to the country's energy
crisis.
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Search the BDRC’s Bangladesh Development Bibliography across years
To allow searching the BDRC’s Bangladesh Development Bibliography across years, we are in the process of moving the
whole bibliography to a new searchable web-application. At this point, you can freely access and search all the
publications published since January 1, 2010 (that is all publications of 2010, 2011, and forthcoming) at:
http://creator.
zoho.com/bgunter/bibliography_selected_years
Update of July 25, 2011:The BDRC now moved the whole bibliography to a searchable web-application,
available at:
http://creator.zoho.com/bdrcproject/bibliography
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