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Knowledge creation in Bangladesh: where do think-tanks and universities stand?

Knowledge creation in Bangladesh is lagging behind. The universities in Bangladesh and the think-tanks face difficulties to acquire research funds that hampers the knowledge creation process. Strategic collaboration between these institutions is likely to improve the situation. Dr Mathilde Maitrot, ESRC GCRF Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Global Development Institute, the …

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Role of public representatives critical for framing and implementing the national budget

Public representatives must take greater ownership of Bangladesh’s national budget for improving its transparency, accountability and for efficiently achieving implementation targets. As the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) is likely to pursue an expansionary fiscal policy in FY 2017-18, a bigger budget will test the government’s delivery capacity; making the Parliamentary …

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In Memory of Just Faaland

Just Faaland was not only a very good friend of the newly born Bangladesh but also was an Ambassador to the international community. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the World Bank was persuaded to accept the assertion of sovereignty, even though the resource position was far from robust, …

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New coalition of social and political forces needed to avoid possible middle-income trap

Positively transforming Bangladesh’s political economy is key to sustaining economic growth and avoiding the possible middle-income trap (MIT). This calls for a well-crafted vision and a strategic plan for inclusive development. It requires investing in people, learning from global experiences and designing appropriate incentives for social and political actors to …

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Effective decentralised budget key to achieve SDGs: pre-budget dialogue in Rangpur

Effective decentralisation of the national budget is key to mainstream the marginalised communities with the national development process. Backward regions like Rangpur will require a special budget for bringing people into the development mainstream and improve their life and livelihoods, and the regional status of socio-economic indicators. The pursuit of …

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Fairer trade agreements to facilitate access to healthcare for all

Prices for life-saving drugs are escalating. Investments in medical innovation are rapidly falling. And trade agreements are making access to healthcare more difficult for millions worldwide, particularly those in developing countries. These call for shaping better, sustainable trade deals that balance public health interests and private sector incentives.

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