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  • Dr Fahmida Khatun

    Fahmida Khatun

    The writer is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue.

  • Time to address youth unemployment

    Creating employment for its large young population is one of the major policy challenges in Bangladesh at this moment. According to the Labour Force Survey 2016-17 of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the national unemployment rate is 4.2 per cent. However,
  • Budget FY2019-20: Unravelling the realities

    Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2020 has not surprised us much. It maintains the status quo. One may, of course, argue that there is limited scope to demonstrate innovation through a budget since it is designed only for a year.
  • National Budget announcement at Bangladesh parliament

    Will the budget for FY2020 be any different?

    Bangladesh’s national budget for FY2020 will be the first budget of the newly elected government that came to power following the election in December 2018. Hence many would like to see how the budget is going to implement the promises made in the election manifesto of the ruling party. If taken seriously, election manifesto is a document which can act as the reference point of a political party to deliver on its commitments. The election manifesto of the ruling party is quite a comprehensive document that outlines the achievements of the last 10 years and elaborates the pledges to be delivered during the next five years. Some of the important deliverables will have to be achieved through budgetary allocations.
  • Our incomprehensible obsession with GDP

    Our obsession with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) seems to growing every day while economists keep questioning its source, method, authenticity, etc.
  • Myanmar Rakhine State

    Addressing the Rohingya crisis: whose responsibility is it?

    It has been almost 21 months since the influx of about 750,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh began in August 2017. Gradually, it is becoming clear to us that the Rohingyas are here to stay for a protracted period of time.