Poverty

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).

September 9, 2016
September 9, 2016

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.

August 24, 2016
August 24, 2016

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.

June 15, 2016
June 15, 2016

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.

May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016

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.

May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016

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.

March 16, 2016
March 16, 2016

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.

March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016

FIGHTING POVERTY

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.

March 10, 2016
March 10, 2016

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.

February 28, 2016
February 28, 2016

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.