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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.

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?

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”?

April 8, 2019
April 8, 2019

Hiccups of 'Development Surprise'

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

March 31, 2019
March 31, 2019

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.

March 25, 2019
March 25, 2019

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?

March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019

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.

March 3, 2019
March 3, 2019

A 'new normal'?

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

February 3, 2019
February 3, 2019

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.

January 31, 2019
January 31, 2019

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,

January 30, 2019
January 30, 2019

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.

January 24, 2019
January 24, 2019

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.

January 8, 2019
January 8, 2019

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.