An in-house workshop on The Parliament of Bangladesh: Preliminary Findings was organised by CPD on 3 April 2011, at the CPD Dialogue Room. Professor Rounaq Jahan, Distinguished Fellow of CPD, and Dr Inge Amundsen, Senior Researcher, CMI jointly presented a draft paper for discussion at the workshop. The objective of the study was to increase knowledge about the role of Parliament and put forward suggestions to improve the functioning of the Parliament. The issues presented and discussed were, major trends (positive and negative) in the development of Parliament since independence, representation in the Parliament and various factors responsible for its proper functioning. The workshop was attended by H E Ms Ragne Birte Lund, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy; Dr Arne Wiig, Senior Researcher; Dr Ivar Kolstad, Research Director of CMI and National experts Professor Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka; Professor A M Hasanuzzaman, Department of Government and Politics, Jahangirnagar University; Dr Badiul Alam Majumder, Member Secretary, SUJAN; Mr Warren Cahill, Project Director, UNDP Bangladesh; Mr M Hafizuddin Khan, Chairman, TIB Board of Trustees; Dr Tofail Ahmed, Local Government Advisor, UNDP Bangladesh; and Barrister Manzoor Hasan, Director, Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University along with CPD senior researchers including Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, CPD.
Bangladesh's rate of poverty reduction has slowed down in recent years. The yearly average rate of poverty reduction has dropped from 1.7 percent, between 2005 and 2010, to 1.2 percent, between 2010 and 2016.