Poverty

July 26, 2022
July 26, 2022

Forced by poverty, Thakurgaon labourer puts up 7-month-old baby girl for sale

Forced by poverty, a day labour Matiur Rahman, 46, from Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon, has decided to sell his seven-month-old baby girl Sammi to arrange money to run his family.

June 7, 2022
June 7, 2022

2.1 million new poor in five months!

Is the government taking note of inflation inequality?

June 4, 2022
June 4, 2022

National Tea Day: ‘Can’t even get a good night’s sleep’

Monaf Mia, a 65-year-old tea worker in Mominchhara tea garden of Sylhet’s Fenchuganj, works in the gardens all day, only to come back home at night to get soaked in rainwater, due to the dilapidated condition of the roof over his head.

May 28, 2022
May 28, 2022

How did the Supreme Court start housing planning for Dhaka’s poor?

On August 20, 1999, over 5,000 slum dwellers mobilised from various informal settlements in Dhaka and gathered in the Supreme Court premises to protest the “wholesale eviction” that was underway that year.

April 13, 2022
April 13, 2022

Bangladesh’s poverty declines to 11.9%: World Bank

The estimated poverty in Bangladesh has declined by 0.6 per cent in the 2021 fiscal year, riding on the strong economic recovery amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest report of the World Bank.

March 17, 2022
March 17, 2022

Did COVID-19 make child marriage in Bangladesh worse?

Bangladesh has one of the highest numbers of child marriages in the world, having been ranked in 4th position globally, according to the latest report published by UNICEF, a UN organization to support humanitarian and developmental efforts for children worldwide.

October 3, 2021
October 3, 2021

UPL launches Dr Masum Billah's new book on poverty and land law

The Politics of Land Law: Poverty and Land Legislation in Bangladesh (University Press Ltd, 2021), a book by Dr Masum Billah, Associate Professor of Jagannath University, was launched in a virtual programme held by UPL on October 2, 2021.

February 21, 2019
February 21, 2019

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.

November 25, 2017
November 25, 2017

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.

October 11, 2016
October 11, 2016

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).