Poverty | The Daily Star
  • Changing the way we think about poverty and development

    There are some words in the popular lexicon that we hear and read about every day but very few appreciate or understand the depth of these words. “Development” and “poverty” are two good examples.

  • Poverty is also a psychosocial problem

    Being poor is a highly shameful experience, degrading one's dignity and sense of self-worth. While the manifestations and causes of poverty differ, the humiliation that accompanies it is universal.

  • Unshackling the chains of poverty

    Two very positive economic developments have recently come to light. One is Bangladesh moving up a notch to rank 106th among 138 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index. Second, that the country's extreme poverty has declined to 12.9 percent in the financial year (FY) 2015-16 from 18.5 percent in 2010, according to the latest Bangladesh Development Update released by the World Bank (WB).

  • Girls face broken dreams as Nepal fails to curb child marriage

    Child marriage is illegal in Nepal, yet the impoverished Himalayan nation has failed to put in place policies to curb the practice with almost 40 percent of girls married before the age of 18.

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    Trapped in poverty

    In a recently concluded national workshop that brought together development practitioners and researchers, the subject of discussion was how to make national development relative to the poor marginalised and excluded groups.

  • RTI Act 2009: A powerful tool against poverty

    Yet the RTI Act is hardly known for being put to use in significant numbers. It has so far worked mainly with the marginalised and disadvantaged communities because of the help of NGOs and activists. The educated and the middle classes are yet to be fired by the powerful reach of the law.

  • They feel sick yet they have to work

    One can easily count the ribcage bones of the 11-year-old bidi (local cigarette) factory worker. Stunted Monir Islam suffers from health problems such as frequent fevers, headaches, nausea and cough but has to work due to poverty.

  • Making Bangladesh ready for renewables

    All his life, farmer Nasiruddin saw his poverty ridden village in complete darkness after dusk, with electricity being a distant dream.

  • It's not just poverty

    You give dowry and I receive it, why are you bringing government into this?”said a woman in a village in Rangpur district during a discussion on women's status.


    The ultra poor generally do not own land and are caught in the low-wage activities of day labourers. They are on the brink of subsistence. And when you are struggling just to maintain your level of subsistence today, you do not have the luxury of worrying too much about—or saving for—tomorrow.

  • Bangladesh needs clear priorities for the future

    Bangladesh has big plans for the next five years. By the time the 50th anniversary of independence arrives, and as part of its Vision 2021 plan, the nation aspires to achieve middle-income status.

  • Medicare scare

    Medicine cost eats up two-thirds of the money spent by people from their own pockets for health, pushing those with chronic diseases towards poverty, said speakers at a policy dialogue yesterday.

  • In search of roots

    Poverty compelled Rahima Khatun to pass her granddaughter on to a Dutch NGO in 1979 when Sultana was just four. A Dutch couple took her to the Netherlands and brought her up.

  • Parliaments of S Asia must work jointly

    Collaboration between the national parliaments is crucial to advancing a poverty-free South Asia in pursuance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Speakers of South Asian countries said yesterday at a summit in the city.

  • ‘Parliaments’ collaboration crucial for poverty-free S Asia’

    Collaboration among national parliaments is crucial in advancing the vision of a poverty-free South Asia pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Speakers of South Asian countries at a high-level meeting in Dhaka today.

  • Richest 1% own more than the rest of us: Oxfam

    The richest one percent of the world's population now own more than the rest of us combined, aid group Oxfam says, on the eve of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

  • Dr Mahabub Hossain

    Economist with a passion for the poor

    Dr Mahabub Hossain dedicated his life to understand and explain the dynamics of the agricultural economy of Bangladesh.

  • 5 Bill Gates quotes everyone should hear

    Over the years, Bill Gates has given us quite a few pearls of wisdom that perfectly capture his philanthropic sensibility and business acumen.

  • Extreme poverty 'to fall below 10%': World Bank

    For the first time less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015, says World Bank.

  • Materialisation of a dream

    It is not every day we get to hear a story like this. Bijoy Rahul Paul, whose father is a bicycle mechanic and mother works in a tea garden, was born into a life of hardship and had to drop out of secondary school due to poverty.

  • Pop stars, world leaders rally to end poverty

    Some of the biggest names in music and politics from Beyonce to European prime ministers rallied in a concert aimed at mobilizing action to eradicate extreme poverty.

  • The best way to get pure milk in Dhaka (video)

    How far are you willing to go for pure and fresh milk in Dhaka – world’s second worst livable city reputed for adulterated food products right and left.

  • 40 migrants die in Mediterranean (video)

    At least 40 migrants have died after apparently getting trapped and suffocating in the water-logged hold of a boat in the Mediterranean.

  • A war-cry for sustainable development goals

    During the 1992 presidential campaign in the USA, candidate Bill Clinton's campaign adopted a very powerful short message to convey to the party faithfuls and voters that the poor performance of the US economy should be the centerpiece of any conversation to unseat the incumbent President George Bush.

  • Robert D. Watkins

    We hope that we will be able to help Bangladesh realise its full potential: Robert D. Watkins

    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Star, Robert D. Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh talks to Amitava Kar about some development ideas for Bangladesh.

  • Fazle Hasan Abed wins World Food Prize

    A man who created a nonprofit organisation credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty is named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize.

  • Bangladesh suggests 'external factors' for trafficking, migration

    Bangladesh insists that poverty is not necessarily the main driver pushing her people into the hands of traffickers.

  • The sickness of illegal immigrants

    Bangladesh relies on its workers' remittances but is seemingly happy to turn a blind eye as to why half a million of them choose to leave the country every year and how the nearly eight million currently abroad are treated.

  • From 'good-enough' jobs to 'decent' jobs

    Though there are many views on 'inclusive growth', the key consensus is that inclusive growth is a growth process which reduces poverty, inequality and social exclusion and promotes 'decent' jobs and economic and social cohesion.

  • Maternity and poverty

    MANY mothers lose their lives while giving birth, others live with lifelong scars. One such scar is obstetric fistula, a disorder of female genitalia, mainly associated with the birth process.