Selim Jahan

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

Bank mergers: All dimensions must be considered

In general, five issues need to be borne in mind when it comes to bank mergers in Bangladesh.

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Improving the Human Development Index: The Bangladesh perspective

People are the real wealth of a nation. The fundamental objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy a long, healthy, and creative life. Human development is simply defined as a process of enlarging choices and creating opportunities for everyone.

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Should Bangladesh be worried about debt financing?

Dr Selim Jahan lays out all the facts about Bangladesh's debt financing situation.

2y ago

Should Bangladesh worry about debt servicing?

Debt servicing has become a rising concern for developing countries in recent times.

2y ago

Bangladesh can stay ahead of global inflation, if it acts now

“Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hitman”—these were the words of Ronald Reagan during his campaign for the US presidency at the beginning of 1980s.

2y ago

An action agenda for fostering inclusive growth in Bangladesh

Analytically speaking, if economic growth is to be inclusive, it must fulfil three mutually synergetic criteria: it must be sustained and pro-poor; it must ensure equity in resource availability, access to basic social services and income distribution; and it must be accompanied by productive employment.

2y ago

Bijoyphool: A symbol of our struggle and victory

It was a bright sunny morning in Vientiane, where I was visiting during the first week of December 2017.

2y ago

Afghanistan faces a grim economic future after Taliban takeover

The Taliban have taken over Afghanistan—that is yesterday’s news. That thousands of distressed Afghans were crowding Kabul Airport to try and escape the country has also become an old fact.

2y ago
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.

November 9, 2019
November 9, 2019

Langa: What South Africa is this?

"Where am I?” is the first question I asked myself after getting out of the car. Bewildered, I looked around. With me, there were three black students from the University of the Western Cape, and the driver of the car was also a young black man.

July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019

On identity and extremism

A person may have multiple identities—he or she may be known by different traits. Just look at me. I am a person with more than one identity.

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