How has rural Bangladesh transformed in the last 20 years?
Ever since the 1980s-90s, our typical perception of a rural village has been changing. Its catalysts include rural electrification, mechanisation of agriculture, connecting the rural hinterland with urban centres, microcredit as a bottom-up financial tool to alleviate rural poverty, and remittances sent by the Bangladeshi diaspora. But what changes have taken place in the last two decades for our rural economy?
Dr Adnan Zillur Morshed architect and executive director of the Centre for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism at BRAC University, spoke to us about his recent experience of travelling through Faridpur, Jashore, Magura, Satkhira, and some other districts of the country.