Rizwanul Islam | The Daily Star
  • Rizwanul Islam

    Dr Rizwanul Islam is an economist and former Special Adviser, Employment Sector, International Labour Office, Geneva.

  • Six months of Covid-19: Is the economy on a path to inclusive recovery?

    The Covid-19 pandemic derailed life as a whole and severely disrupted the global economy as well as that of Bangladesh. Looking at the impact on economic growth, the country was cruising at over 8 percent growth of GDP which then came down to 5.24 percent (according to government estimates).
  • Have real wages of workers started to fall?

    It is by now well-known that the economic crisis that resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the employment and labour situation – globally as well as in Bangladesh.
  • Asian values or a system of social protection

    Steps taken to combat the coronavirus have severely disrupted public life and have put the livelihoods of millions in jeopardy. The global economy is in deep recession, especially the economies of the developed world; and there is a great deal of uncertainty as to when and how it might end. This is perhaps the deepest crisis human beings are facing after the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Second World War.
  • What will happen when overseas employment and remittance dip?

    Among all the news about the fallout of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, two pieces of news didn’t escape my attention.
  • Do we know how many lost livelihoods during shutdown?

    All over the world, jobs are being lost on a massive scale for measures adopted to fight the health crisis caused by coronavirus, and Bangladesh is no exception.