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  • In pursuit of a hunger-free world

    Though yesterday was World Food Day, it should have been called World Hunger Day, as it was established to bring global attention to the problem of food insecurity.

  • The new challenges for our NGOs

    Because of the decline in donor financed projects, opportunities for NGOs are dwindling gradually. In the present day context NGOs should play multi-dimensional roles instead of just carrying out their daily tasks.

  • We need both traditional and new solutions to fight poverty

    Bangladesh has done remarkably well in reducing poverty and improving living conditions. The country halved poverty rates in a decade and a half, lifting more than 25 million people out of poverty. Between 2010 and 2016, about eight million Bangladeshi people exited poverty.

  • In which direction is South Asian University headed?

    The South Asian University, established in New Delhi in 2010, is a remarkable institution in terms of what it envisaged. SAARC-watchers are generally of the view that the university is perhaps ahead of its times, and is the best functioning SAARC institution despite its many problems.

  • Consumers: The missing link in sustainable apparel

    Who should pay to make apparel supply chains more sustainable? This is a question we hear a lot, and it is also one which causes a great many disagreements between factory owners and apparel brands.

  • One step forward, 10 steps back

    I was sixteen. I had been raped by a school volunteer. The foetus had caused internal bleeding and I was minutes away from dying.

  • A campus without student politics

    Recently I went to a fourth-year class at Khulna University to hear about students’ request to reschedule their class viva.

  • Breaking the ‘Dhaka Myths’

    It does not matter where you live, because if you are a Bangladeshi, you have already come across these expressions: “Dhakai Taka Oore” roughly translated as “Dhaka is the city of opportunities”.

  • Seeking happiness the Bhutanese way

    People and organisation in many countries around the world claim to have adopted Bhutan’s human development vision of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

  • A law to end the culture of secrecy

    The Right to Information Act 2009 was passed in the first session of parliament on March 29, 2009. It was a ground-breaking decision on the part of the government and paved the way for all

  • Today’s mantra must be ‘nutrition per calorie’

    A deep understanding of how the brain works is essential in order to limit our health footprint through everyday choices.

  • Muzzle me not, no impunity

    Each year journalists, news media and supporters of free and independent journalism across the world celebrate November 2 as a red-letter day for journalism.

  • Cleaning up our act

    2019 has been a landmark year for climate change issues. Around the world, we have seen people taking to the streets to protest, many of them children and young adults ...

  • Walking a tight rope

    In 2009, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court provided a comprehensive directive on sexual harassment in educational institutions and workplaces in Bangladesh. The directive was the result of decades-long movement and advocacy by students, academics, and women activists.

  • The other side of gentrification

    The word “gentrification” means improvement of a city or neighbourhood. But its dynamics change in the bigger picture. Generally, gentrification means affluent people relocating to the ...

  • 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.

  • Criminalising dissent: What about muzzling opinions?

    Holding or expressing opinions that do not go along the lines of the State is criminalised by law in many countries including ours.

  • Have we kept the promise of reproductive rights?

    Twenty-five years ago, in 1994, representatives of 179 countries, along with civil society organisations and many other actors, came together in Cairo at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), sparking a radical shift in reproductive health.

  • Localising the SDGs in Bangladesh

    As a signatory to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted on September 25, 2015, Bangladesh has been engaged in implementing the

  • Women must have the right to choose

    First there was Mexico City in 1984. Then there was Cairo in 1994. Now there is Nairobi in November 2019. The global community has dealt with the issue of population in these mega-conclaves.

  • Plagiarism: A symptom of a much larger problem in our culture

    Plagiarism is a global problem, but the occurrences of academic fraud take place in epic proportions in Bangladesh as this obnoxious practice is infused in our national psyche.

  • RTI law: Bridging the gap between promise and practice

    The euphoria accompanying the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War era late last century was followed by an upsurge of democracy in the new republics and a resurgence in nominal democracies.

  • Diarrhoeal disease treatment: Bangladesh’s celebrated success story

    It’S a blistering afternoon in the nation’s capital. Many are enjoying the change in weather from torrential downpour, but not 17-year-old Sonia Akhter (not her real name).

  • Growing sustainably through research and innovation

    In early 2018, Bangladesh fulfilled all the three eligibility criteria for graduation from the list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the United Nations. The Committee for

  • Getting the measurements right

    Monitoring and evaluation are proven tools to determine the extent to which public sector development projects and programmes are on track and if adjustments are required to improve their performance.

  • Reflections from a conversation with the Dalai Lama

    Is forgive-ness a phenomenon that is learned or is it something that some of us are inherently better at than others?

  • Potential areas for both countries to benefit

    Nepal and Bangladesh—members of vital regional organisations such as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

  • Folk Fest registration controversy exemplifies the need for data protection law

    Recent events surrounding the use and sharing of personal data collected from users during registration for the recently concluded Dhaka International Folk Fest, has once again brought to the forefront the legal vacuum in the critical area of data protection in Bangladesh.

  • Indore Test: A nightmare for Bangladesh

    Bangladesh Test Cricket is in a dismal state to say the least. Our Tigers have been brave in ODI and T20 matches but surely they have proved themselves unsuccessful in Test cricket. They have, with almost 19 years’ experience in Test cricket, lost the recently held Test match against Afghanistan, which may be considered a new entrant as far as Test cricket is concerned.

  • The journey to a sustainable RMG industry in Bangladesh

    Let me begin with a quote by Bengali poet and Nobel Prize Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”