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Dr Fahmida Khatun


Executive Director

E-mail: fahmida@cpd.org.bd
Skype: fahmidacpd


Macroeconomic policy and management, international development finance, aid effectiveness, international trade and WTO issues, social inclusion and poverty eradication, climate change, green economy, interests of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr Fahmida Khatun is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading think tank in South Asia. She has accomplished Masters in Economics from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She did another Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and PhD in Economics from the University College London, UK. She did her Post-Doctoral research at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA as a Fulbright Scholar in 2015. She worked on ICT and SDGs with Professor Jeffery Sachs during her Fellowship at Columbia University. She was a Visiting Fellow at Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway (1994), Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), South Korea (2012) and Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), India (2016).

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Curriculum Vitae




Khatun, F. (2015). Estimating Women’s Contribution to the Economy: The Case of Bangladesh (co-authored with Towfiqul Islam Khan, Shahida Pervin and Hosna Jahan). Centre for Policy Dialogue. December 2015.

Khatun, F. (2014). বাংলাদেশের অর্থনীতি: ভিতর ও বাহির  (in Bangla language) (Bangladesh’s Economy: Inside and Outside), Dhaka: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and Agamee Prakashani.

Book Chapters

Khatun, F (various issues since 2002) (co-author). Independent Review of the Bangladesh Economy (co-author), Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka.

Khatun, F. and Amin, M. A. (2016). “Carbon Emission, Energy Consumption, Deforestation and Agricultural Income in LDCs: Lessons for Post-2015 Development Agenda.” In Bhattacharya, D. and Llanos, A. O. (eds.) Southern Perspectives on the Post-2015 International Development Agenda. London and New York: Routledge.

Khatun, F. (2016). ‘Development Policies Since Independence’, in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh, published by Routledge | Taylor & Francis Group.

Khatun, F. (2016). “ICT & Financial Inclusion.” In ICT & SDGs: How Information and Communications Technology can Accelerate Action on the Sustainable Development Goals. New York: The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Ericsson. http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2015/ict-and-sdg-interim-report.pdf

Khatun, F. (2016). [Thematic contributor for the report] State of the Least Developed Countries 2016: Coherence and Synergies between the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda. New York: United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). http://unohrlls.org/custom-content/uploads/2016/08/State-of-LDCs2016.pdf

Khatun, F. and Ahamad, M. (2014). “ODA to and External Debt in LDCs: Recent Trends.” In Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs (2011–2020): Monitoring Deliverables, Tracking Progress – Analytical Perspective. London: Commonwealth Secretariat.

Khatun, F. and Hossain, S. (2014). “India’s Economic Rise: Implications for Bangladesh.” In Joseph, M. and Jacob, H. (Eds.) India’s Economic Growth: Opportunities and Challenges for the Region [Australia India Institute Foreign Policy Series 5]. New Delhi: Australia India Institute (University of Melbourne), Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (Colombo) and Manohar Publishers.

Khatun, F. (2012). “A Regional Outlook for Climate Finance in South Asia.” In Bhattacharya, D. and Rahman, M. (eds.) Global Recovery, New Risks and Sustainable Growth: Repositioning South Asia. Dhaka: Centre for Policy Dialogue.

Khatun, F. (2012). “WTO negotiations on environmental goods and services: South Asia’s interests”. In Kelegama, S., Adhikari, R., Sharma, P. and Kharel, P. (eds.) Regional Economic Integration: Challenges for South Asia during Turbulent Times. Kathmandu: South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), pp  253-268.

Khatun, F (2009). “Migrant labour and remittances in Bangladesh”, in: Stoler, A. L., J. Redden and L. A. Jackson. Trade and Poverty Reduction in the Asia-pacific Region: Case Studies and Lessons from Low-income Communities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. pp 513-539.

Khatun, F., K. M. Rahman and A. Nabi (2009). “100 Day Employment Generation Programme in Bangladesh: Challenges of Effective Implementation”, in Development of Bangladesh with Equity and Justice, June 2009, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka.

Khatun, F (2008). “Environmental Problems and Challenges for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh”, in Independent Review of Bangladesh Economy, University Press Limited, Dhaka.

Khatun, F and K. G. Moazzem (2008). “Minimum Wage for the Workers in the Ready Made Garments Workers” in Ready Made Garments of Bangladesh during the Quota Free World of Bangladesh during the Quota Free World , (bangla book), Centre for Policy Dialogue, February 2008.

Khatun, F., M Rahman., D Bhattacharya and K G Moazzem (2008). “Trade Liberalisation and Female Workers: Experience of the Ready Made Garments Industry in Bangladesh” in Ready Made Garments of Bangladesh during the Quota Free World of Bangladesh during the Quota Free World, (bangla book), Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, February 2008.

Khatun, F (2007). “Bangladesh in the WTO, chapter in South Asia in the WTO”, in: S Kelegama (ed) ‘South Asia in the WTO’, published by Sage Publications India, 2007.

Khatun, F (2006). “Duty Free Quota Free Market Access for South Asian LDCs”, in: Chimni, B.S., B.L. Das., S Kelegama and M Rahman (eds). South Asia Yearbook of Trade and Development 2006, Centre for Trade and Development (CENTAD), Oxfam GB, India, published by Wiley-India.

Bhattacharya, D and F. Khatun (2006).  “Macroeconomic Stability and Growth Performance in South Asian Countries: A Comparative Perspective on Bangladesh”, in: Independent Review of Bangladesh’s Development, Implemented by the Centre for Policy Dialogue, University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006.

Bhattacharya, D., M. Rahman., U. Deb and F. Khatun (2006). “Hong Kong Declaration and Bangladesh’s Achievement” in: D. Bhattacharya., M. Rahman., U. Deb and F. Khatun (eds). The Hong Kong declaration of the WTO: What is achieved and what should be done by Bangladesh, (in Bangla) Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, February 2006.

Bhattacharya D and F. Khatun (2006). “Importance of the Forthcoming Hong Ministerial Meeting: Current Situation of Discussions on the World Trade and Bangladesh’s Gains and Losses” in: Bhattacharya, D., M. Rahman, U. Deb and F. Khatun (eds). The Hong Kong Declaration of the WTO: What is achieved and what should be done by Bangladesh, (in Bangla) Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, February 2006.

Khatun, F (2005) (co-author). Options for Self-Reliant Resurgence: CPD’s Rapid Assessment of Flood 2004, University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 2005.

Khatun, F., M. S. Ahmed and U. Deb (2004). “Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights in the Context of Bangladesh”, in: World Trade Organisation and Bangladesh: Post Cancun Assessment (in Bangla), Centre for Policy Dialogue, 2004.

Khatun, F (2004). “Environmental Debates in the WTO and Interest of Bangladesh” in: World Trade Organisation and Bangladesh: Post Cancun Assessment (in Bangla), Centre for Policy Dialogue, 2004.

Khatun, F (2003). “Population and Environment in Bangladesh: Designing a Policy Accounting for Linkages”, in: Demographic Dynamics in Bangladesh: Looking at the Larger Picture, Centre for Policy Dialogue, UNFPA, Pathak Shamabesh, 2003.

Khatun, F (1999). “Environmental Valuation: Concepts and Issues”, in: Qazi Kholiquzzaman and others (eds). Environmental Economics, International Union of Conservation of Nature       and Natural Resources (IUCN), Dhaka, 1999.

Op-eds and Interviews

Op-eds and Interviews

When politics overpowers economic rationale – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Published in The Daily Star on Sunday, 23 July 2017 Postponement of the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) and Supplementary Duty (SD) Act of 2012 for the next two years is deemed to be a blow to the proponents of VAT. It has been a highly debated issue and the business community was unhappy from the …


অর্থনীতিতে ক্যান্সার – ড. ফাহমিদা খাতুন

Published in সমকাল on Friday, 14 July 2017 ব্যাংকিং খাত বাংলাদেশের অর্থনীতির অন্যতম ভিত। এখানে পুঁজিবাজার, বন্ড ও ইক্যুইটি মার্কেট_ আর্থিক খাতের এসব অংশ তেমন শক্তিশালী নয়। সঙ্গত কারণেই ব্যাংকিং খাতের ওপর অর্থনীতির নির্ভরতা অনেক। যথার্থভাবেই বলা হয়, এ খাত বাংলাদেশের অর্থনীতির লাইফলাইন। নব্বইয়ের দশকে বাংলাদেশের অর্থনীতিতে ব্যক্তি খাতের প্রাধান্য শুরু হয়েছে। এ সময়ে কাঠামোগত সংস্কারও শুরু …


Middle class: Loser on all counts – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Bangladesh’s national budget for FY2018 comes at a challenging time. Despite being powered by high growth and cushioned by low international prices, the Bangladesh economy has been facing a number of disquieting features. Exports have seen slow growth in FY2017 and remittances have been declining for some time.


Growing malignancy in the banking sector – Dr Fahmida Khatun

The banking sector has been passing through a turbulent period for some time. Given that a sound financial sector is key to sustained economic development, good health of banks is crucial. This is more so when almost 80 percent of financial assets is owned by commercial banks.


Making Bangladesh’s garments industry safe and sustainable – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Bangladesh’s export-oriented ready-made garments (RMG) industry has made significant contributions to the country’s economic development over the last four decades.


The missing money – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Illicit cross-border financial flow is not uncommon. It happens in all countries. With globalisation it has become more complex. Recent increase in illicit financial flows (IFFs) has created concern in the development policy discourse around the world.


Moving forward from the Rana Plaza tragedy – Dr Fahmida Khatun

The readymade garments (RMG) sector of Bangladesh has undertaken significant compliance measures to ensure safety of factories and workers since the Rana Plaza tragedy on April 24, 2013, when an eight-storied commercial building collapsed killing more than 1,100 workers died, and injuring more than 2,500 people.


Maintaining coherence between economic and social goals – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Social sector budget traditionally receives less attention amidst big allocation for the hardware part of the economy. Infrastrucutre, power, industry, agriculture and the like are the centre of focus during budget formulation.


Walking the talk – Dr Fahmida Khatun

Bangladesh’s long dynamic relationship with India has many facets, ranging from economic to social to political. Trade, investment, power and energy, communication, education and health are areas where a bilateral relationship exists.


For a more educated BANGLADESH – Dr Fahmida Khatun

A lot of time has been spent on improving primary education enrollment. Global goals emphasis on ‘education for all’ and focus on bringing more people under the umbrella of primary level education.


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