Development articles

Bangladesh’s Crackdown on Labor

Development Desk: International pressure following the 2013 collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people brought improvement in workplace safety and forced the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to amend the country’s labor laws. Yet it would be a mistake for Western consumers to assume that clothing made […]


Bangladesh’s Development Surprise

Syed A. Al-Muti: By many metrics, Bangladesh’s development trajectory is a unique success story, especially since the 1990s when democratic rule was reinstated and extensive economic reforms were made. Poverty incidence has fallen from 60 percent to around 30 percent. Gender parity has been achieved in primary and secondary school enrollment. The total fertility rate […]


China aligns with Nepal

Development Desk : Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his country is ready to align development strategies with Nepal and hopes to build the two neighbours into a community of shared destiny. Xi met with Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday along the sidelines of the eighth summit of the emerging-market bloc of […]


Pakistan developing maritime doctrine

Development Desk: Pakistan is developing its maritime doctrine in response to ‘disturbing developments’ in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to protect its maritime interests and respond to conventional and sub-conventional threats emerging there. The draft doctrine is being reviewed at different levels in the navy and government ahead of adoption. Senior Research Fellow of Pakistan […]

Policies to improve millions of Latin lives

Development Desk: The main threat to progress in Latin America and the Caribbean is the relapse of millions of families back into poverty. The economic slowdown is part of the story, but not the only cause of such a setback, says the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report (HDR) for Latin America and […]


Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2016

Development Desk: Demographic change in Asia and the Pacific is happening at a rate the world has never seen. An explosion in the working age population and a fall in birth rates that took a century in Europe are happening here in just 30 years. If countries do not start planning for this demographic change, […]


Africa Human Development Report 2016

Development Desk: Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014- or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth, according to the Africa Human Development Report 2016. […]


Norway model for living

Development Desk: Norway has been named the best country in the world to live in – for the 12th year in a row. The Human Development Index (HDI) is a measure of basic human developments within 188 countries, released by the UN in its annual Human Development Report. It uses three categories of human development […]

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Street children are vulnerable in the country

Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad Children are the future of the nation. They are innocent by nature and rose of the paradise. Parents and guardians are liable for the sufferings children. Many people think family separation, poverty, inappropriate relationship between male and female, lack of moral values, unequal distribution of wealth  are the main causes behind […]

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Goethe Institut organizes tour for German learners in Dhaka

Shabbir Hossen Goethe Institut organized a city tour for Deutsche learners and interns in the capital Dhaka on Friday afternoon. The tour started on 3:30pm towards Ramna Park. Few nominated learners and interns hiked the entire pathways from Kalabagan to Ramna Park. The short tour was designed in couple of interactive segments, i.e. cross-cultural interaction, […]

Chinese president offers aid to Arab

Development Desk Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday prescribed his remedies to restore peace in the Middle East and promote development in the Arab world. While delivering a speech at the headquarters of the Arab League, Xi described the Middle East region, which in many’s eyes is almost an equivalent to wars and tumult, […]

Why don’t World Bank projects safeguard women’s rights?

Elaine Zuckerman The fisherwomen of the Niger delta are legendary across west Africa. Fishery has been a female domain for generations, with women making a key contribution to family and community livelihoods. But in recent years, their livelihoods have been undermined. Oil and gas pipelineshave destroyed the delta’s fishing grounds and family incomes. Ironically, some […]

Iran and Saudi Arabia: an Identity Politics

Ehteshamul Haque Recently the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia and  following the outraged protests and overrunning of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran has revived the question of whether there is notable sectarian violence bubbling up in the Middle East other than the resultant of the ongoing turmoil in the […]

Nepal earthquake survivors face winter’s cold

Subina Shrestha It has been nine months since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing at least 8,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of families. Now Nepal’s government is facing a new challenge – preparing disaster survivors for winter’s cold weather. The government has started distributing $100 to families to buy warm clothes, but […]

India: will experiment with smart cities tackle poverty?

Amit Dave India is rising. In cities across the nation, the pace of construction is reaching frenzied heights. Each city, each district, each regional state is reinventing itself: one smartphone, one flyover, one superhighway, one mega-project at a time. In a recent speech, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, said that the nation needed “to […]

President asks British Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to invest

Development Desk Appreciating the political stability and investment-friendly atmosphere of Bangladesh, a group of British Bangladeshi entrepreneurs has expressed eagerness to be partners of Bangladesh’s development and advancement. A delegation of British Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, led by Chairman of Desh Foundation of the UK Mishbaur Rahman, said it while making a courtesy call on President Abdul […]

Indian, Russian negotiators agree

Ajai Shukla The Indian Air Force (IAF), once an ardent backer of the proposed Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft(FGFA), has for the last two years sharply attacked the project. Critics say the FGFA is on the back burner to clear the way for the French Rafale fighter. President Francois Hollande of France, who arrives in […]

Entrepreneurship for rural development in Pakistan

Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry TO ease the immense population pressure on the economy and the 6pc high rate of unemployment, engaging and supporting a potential mass of 95m plus youth in entrepreneurial activities may be the only solution. The small and medium enterprises are a good source of low-cost employment creation. Interestingly, Japan spends around $78 […]