Selim Jahan

Selim Jahan is Director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report.

August 27, 2021
August 27, 2021

Afghanistan under the Taliban: What should we expect?

Afghanistan is now under the reins of the Taliban. No, they have not come to power through the ballot box, rather they have accomplished it by implementing the famous saying of Mao Zedong: “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Afghanistan is now a Shariah-based Islamic state.

August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021

How debate can help create a better world

From the beginning of human civilisation, people have loved to argue and debate. They argue on topics, trivial or important, and they debate on issues

June 23, 2021
June 23, 2021

Enhancing human development in Bangladesh: Strategies and actions

Addressing the human development challenges of Bangladesh—whether lingering, deepening or emerging challenges—require both policy options and institutional reforms. An objective assessment and recognition of problems, strong political will and an honest implementation of strategies are preconditions for the success of policies and strategies.

June 15, 2021
June 15, 2021

From gender inequality to climate change

As Bangladesh looks forward to its next 50 years, there remain significant human development challenges for the country.

June 8, 2021
June 8, 2021

We must focus on rooting out inequalities

Over the past 50 years, Bangladesh has undoubtedly made impressive progress in overall human development as well as on specific human development fronts.

June 1, 2021
June 1, 2021

Human development in Bangladesh: What do the statistics tell us?

This year, Bangladesh marks the Golden Jubilee of its independence. The whole nation is celebrating this milestone with joy and pride. In 1971,

April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021

Covid-19: The Makings of a Third World War

When we were growing up in the sixties during the time of the Cold War between the USA and the then Soviet Union, we would often hear about a possible

March 14, 2021
March 14, 2021

Ferdousi Priyabhashini: An artist and a social activist

I know of Ferdousi Priyabhashini, but I did not know her. We met a few times in Dhaka either at a seminar or a conference, or at the residence of late National Professor Kabir Chowdhury.

March 8, 2021
March 8, 2021

Women’s leadership in a Covid world

This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future for Covid-19 World”. When the United Nations chose this theme, the idea was to celebrate and recognise women’s leadership in confronting and tackling the challenges of Covid-19, both inside and outside the household.

June 6, 2020
June 6, 2020

The ethnic face of Covid-19 in UK

So far, the focus of the Covid-19, commonly known as coronavirus, in every country has rightly been on health issues— expanding testing, tracing the infected, how to deal with infection, and combatting deaths. Issues of disaggregated profiling of its various aspects including the diverse socio-economic impacts were put on the back burner.