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  • Powering progress through clean energy

    Imagine a 187-feet tall tower with a 55-tonne steel dome on top. At first, it seems like a structure from a future base on the planet Mars. But the Wardenclyffe Tower is not an abstraction from the future.

  • Make Dhaka liveable again

    Dhaka is one of the fastest growing megacities in the world. It is predicted to be one of the world’s largest metropolises by 2025, along with Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai, Beijing and New York City.

  • Unveiling the limits of anti-corruption drive

    Media interest on the recently launched high-profile anti-corruption drive appears to be on the wane thanks to many competing issues.

  • Some solutions to Dhaka’s traffic problem

    So much has been said about how the traffic situation in Dhaka could be improved, but little has been achieved in that regard. To have safe and jam free roads, you need to have a sound urban transport system and an integrated strategy. Those are things we don’t have.

  • Three cases of ‘policy paralysis’ in Bangladesh

    “Policy paralysis” can be described as a situation where critically important laws and reforms are not undertaken or, even if undertaken, not implemented as a result of a lack

  • Revenue base has to be improved to overcome emerging issues

    City corpora-tions and Paurashavas constitute the municipalities in Bangladesh. There are 331 municipalities comprising of 11 city corporations and 320 Paurashavas in the country.

  • Prioritising e-government procurement for vision 2021 and beyond

    Transparency, fair competition and accountability are three defining features of an efficient public procurement system. Until 2011,

  • What lessons can Bangladesh learn from the Swiss model?

    It is well known even the least successful example of democracy is better than no democracy. This is because at the core of democratic principles, is accountability of the government to the people. Although no one size fits all, and depending on historical experiences, cultural, social, political and developmental context, there can be many different ways of progression towards democracy, accountability or checks and balances are the key word in the process.

  • Are policy blind spots driving the urban mess?

    Accelera-ting urbanisation is the defining story of contemporary Bangladesh. Projections show that by 2050 urban population will overtake rural population. As Bangladesh hurtles towards its urban future, what a storyline of contradictory hues is unfolding!

  • Development for whom?

    A particular finding in the latest Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) blows the illusion of GDP growth being the “be all and end all” of development into smithereens.

  • Hiccups of 'Development Surprise'

    Bangladesh's economic growth and development performance over the past two decades have been impressive.

  • Bangladesh in the next three decades

    On March 22–24, a three-day conference on visualising Bangladesh in the next 30 years was organised at Yale University by Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), an organisation of academics of Bangladeshi origin in North America. It was an occasion to share and debate progress and challenges of development in Bangladesh.

  • Can we ever go beyond 'committees' and 'recommendations'?

    Nowhere in the world has the issue of road safety led to the kinds of repercussions we have seen in Bangladesh. How often do you see students from all walks of life taking to the streets to bring discipline to the roads?

  • Right to Information (RTI) Act

    Government starts to nurture the fledgling RTI regime

    In recent weeks, two important government ministers—Law Minister Mr Anisul Huq, and Information Minister Mr Hasan Mahmud—have given vocal support to a fuller implementation of our national Right to Information (RTI) Act.

  • A 'new normal'?

    In its 48th year, Bangladesh faces a new existential question to ponder. What now passes as “normal”?

  • CPI 2018: Zero tolerance to criticism is not the answer

    First launched in 1995, by the Berlin-based organisation Transparency International (TI), the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has put the issue of corruption on the global agenda.

  • Why criminal justice reform is a must

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has recently directed prison authorities to engage inmates in commercial production as a means of rehabilitation; her words were echoed by Iqbal Hasan, an additional Inspector General of prisons,

  • Bangladesh descends in corruption ranking

    Transparency International (TI) released its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2018 on January 29, 2019. Bangladesh has scored 26 out of 100, two points lower than the 28 in 2017. The slide is worse in terms of ranking. Bangladesh has been ranked in the 149th position from the top among 180 countries, which is six steps lower than the 143rd in 2017.

  • Good governance, a prerequisite for solving youth unemployment

    The "Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook Report 2018" published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) suggested that the youth unemployment rate in Bangladesh had increased from 6.32 percent in 2000 to 12.8 percent in 2018.

  • How we can strengthen local governance

    As an essential pillar of a democratic and public service transformation, local government is where solving the problems of democratic development has to start. One important way of strengthening democratic institutions without weakening the executive is to make maximum use of standing committees.

  • Increasing the capacity of Community Clinics

    Ever since the early 1990s, Bangladesh has witnessed visible strides in several human development indicators, especially with relation

  • Is 'anti-corruption' only rhetoric or also a reality?

    December 9 is observed as the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) to mark the adoption of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2003.

  • Income Tax Return 2018

    The problem with our tax system

    On November 13, 2018 at the inaugural programme of the weeklong Income Tax Fair, Finance Minister AMA Muhith wondered why only one crore people pay taxes as the number could easily be four crore.

  • Four crucial policy interventions to help Bangladesh grow

    With input from more than 400 experts from government, international organisations, scholars, and intellectuals, the Bangladesh Priorities project helped identify 76 investments that would help achieve the nation's goals under the 7th Five Year Plan.

  • A 'National Charter' to strengthen democracy

    The recent “student agitation” not only demanded safe roads, but also raised our awareness regarding our state structure, characterised by corruption, repression and injustice.