Mir Aftabuddin Ahmed

March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021

Reimagining public university admissions in Bangladesh

The United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UNDP) recently recommended the graduation of Bangladesh from its Least Developed Country (LDC) status to that of a developing country by 2026.

January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021

The case for a four-day workweek

Nordic countries have earned a reputation for experimenting, and in many cases succeeding, in taking their societies beyond traditional economic systems, thereby driving them towards being...

December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020

The 2020 Development Pathshala: Through the lens of BEACON

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) remains the prima facie directional narrative for our collective progression towards a more equitable economy—both at home and abroad.

November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020

Enhancing financial literacy through inclusion and education

Financial literacy is defined as the ability to recognise and effectively use diversified financial skills, tools and services, especially with reference to personal banking management, investment...

May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

Niloufer Manzur – An Unparalleled Nation Builder

Mrs Manzur was a nation-builder in the truest sense of the word -- and this too while being surrounded by a plethora of notable personalities in her own family.

May 6, 2020
May 6, 2020

Mobilising the spirit of Ramadan in the fight against Covid-19

From a religious perspective, Ramadan has always been a time of self-reflection, restraint and altruism—and given the struggles being faced by daily wage earners and, in reality, a majority of...

February 7, 2020
February 7, 2020

Disengaged voters in a declining democracy

As Bangladesh celebrates the centennial birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman via the commemoration of 2020-2021 as the “Mujib Year”, it is important if not necessary for citizens to reflect...

January 29, 2020
January 29, 2020

The dominance of business elites in the political economy

The term “neopatrimonialism” is defined by political scientist Christopher Clapham as a system in which “relationships of a broadly patrimonial type pervade a political and administrative system,...

November 5, 2019
November 5, 2019

Reasons behind Trudeau’s slim victory

A second term in office awaits the incumbent Canadian prime minister, as the centre-left Liberal Party managed to secure enough parliamentary seats to ensure that a

September 24, 2019
September 24, 2019

A story less told: Bangladesh’s success in green RMG production

Earlier this month, Made in Bangladesh, a film that brings to light the predicament of workers in Bangladesh’s readymade garments (RMG) industry, was screened amidst much anticipation at the...