Debra Efroymson

January 21, 2022
January 21, 2022

We need affordable transport, not affordable fuel

With the price of basic necessities going up yet again, it is no surprise that people are campaigning for a reduction in fuel price. Fuel is, after all, related to the price of transport, food, and...

January 12, 2022
January 12, 2022

Who still cares about GDP?

Many years ago, a colleague at the United Nations invited me to watch a video of Marilyn Waring, an MP and economist from New Zealand, talking about economics.

January 1, 2022
January 1, 2022

Mobile Playground, Happy Children

Have you ever watched kittens, puppies, or other baby animals play? Running, chasing, jumping, nipping.

December 15, 2021
December 15, 2021

Road deaths, and our infatuation with motorised transport

As children and others continue to die on our roads, we ought to reconsider just how highly we value our current traffic system.

November 19, 2021
November 19, 2021

Toilets: The only shame is the water we waste

Toilets do not, admittedly, make for a great dinner table conversation—though a few younger people might disagree.

November 14, 2021
November 14, 2021

Taxing sugary drinks and promoting healthy food are the way to go

Anyone who has recently started exercising in a public space has probably heard this question, or seen people ask it to their acquaintances. There is no need to specify the “it”—everyone knows that...

November 6, 2021
November 6, 2021

Celebrating cooperatives, reimagining economies

On the first Saturday in November, Bangladesh observes the National Cooperatives Day.

November 4, 2021
November 4, 2021

What future do we have to offer our youth?

In the past few generations, the world has changed extremely rapidly—and it is likely to continue to do so. Artificial intelligence threatens many of our existing jobs and even raises the question...

November 1, 2021
November 1, 2021

Dhaka, Density and Liveability

Growing up in a small city in the southwest United States, I thought I didn’t like cities. I loved hiking in the nearby mountains, from the top of which a grey haze hung over the city, which itself...

October 22, 2021
October 22, 2021

A plea for safer travels

Today, on October 22, we celebrate National Road Safety Day. But why? Not why we care about safety—the devastating toll of accidents makes it clear why it is important—but why call it Road Safety...