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Need to formulate Comprehensive National Strategy through Participatory Process to Achieve SDGs

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Bangladesh achieved remarkable success in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Following the trail of success it is high time now for the country to formulate a comprehensive national strategy towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comprehensive national strategy should be formulated through a participatory process so that all stakeholders …

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Moving forward with the SDGs: Implementation challenges in developing countries

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Debapriya Bhattacharya, Towfiqul Islam Khan, Umme Shefa Rezbana, Lam-Ya Mostaque The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect an ambitious development objective with a transformative vision. The new development agenda makes for a holistic developmental framework. Experts are forecasting that the new agenda could achieve more than its predecessor, the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The …

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Access to productive assets is key to women’s economic empowerment – Debapriya at UNCTAD 14 in Nairobi

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Relocation of female labour from agriculture to non-farm activities is essential for raising their linkages to the market, productivity and income. This will facilitate breaking the “gender segmentation” in the labour and product markets. Thus women should have full access to productive assets – finance, technology, market intelligence and capacity-building …

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SDGs have hit the ground running, but global environment is not supportive – Debapriya at United Nations Review of SDGs

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Speaking at the opening plenary of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), the top body of the United Nations which monitors the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka said that the good news is that the SDGs …

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CPD Special Publication Post-2015 Data Test Report Launched in New York

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Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has published a report titled Implementing Agenda 2030: Unpacking the Data Revolution at the Country Level, which was launched in New York on 8 July 2016. The report, authored by Debapriya Bhattacharya, Kate Higgins and Shannon Kindornay, was the output of one of CPD’s collaborative …

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Good governance and political will key to combat illicit money outflow

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Ensuring good governance and necessary regulatory reforms necessary to combat the increasing illicit financial flows from Bangladesh. Establishing an independent institute with adequate regulatory capacity is critical to win this combat against siphoning out money from the country. These observations emerged at the CPD expert consultation titled Illicit Financial Flows …

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Boosting Investment Key to Achieve 7.2pc GDP in FY2017

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To sustain the macroeconomic stability in Bangladesh the government should focus on raising the rate of investment in the economy. Stimulating the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) will attract both private and foreign investment which will contribute to the employment generation as well. To achieve the 7.2pc GDP growth the government …

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CPD Joins Multi-Country Study on Decentralisation and Corruption

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CPD has joined a study group seeking to explore the relationship between multi-level governance, decentralisation and corruption in the context of three countries, namely Bangladesh, Colombia and Nigeria. The study titled Decentralisation, Multilevel Governance, and Corruption has been initiated by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London. The study, which will be …

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CPD Special Lecture on National Budget FY2016-17 for Students of ULAB

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A special lecture session was organised to brief the teachers and students of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) about the macroeconomic context and various aspects of the national budget for FY2016-17. Status of the state of the Bangladesh economy in recent years and a brief analysis of the …

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Implementation Capacity & Reforms Key to Realising National Budget FY2017

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The government needs to strengthen its institutional capacity and bring in necessary policy reforms to implement the national budget for FY2016-17. The scopes of investment from private sector needs to be encouraged and facilitated to source envisioned growth in the economy. These views were shared at CPD media briefing on …

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Dearth of institutional capacity constraining higher economic growth

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The growth of the Bangladesh economy was strong and resilient throughout the FY2016 against a number of formidable challenges. Bangladesh will need to undertake the necessary policy reforms and institutional capacity development measures if the aspiration for higher economic growth is to be realised in the upcoming FY2017. Along with …

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Debapriya Bhattacharya joins T20 Conference in Berlin

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Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, was invited to address the Berlin T20 (Think-tanks 20) conference organised by the German Development Institute (DIE), Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). The conference took place on 12-13 May 2016. Dr Debapriya, who is also …

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Three Factors Constrained Progress of LDCs – Debapriya Bhattacharya

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Three sets of factors have constrained the delivery of the special programme for the LDCs. These are, namely, inhospitable global economic environment; inability of international development partners to meet their commitments; and lack of domestic reforms in the least developed countries (LDCs). These observations came from Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, the …

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