Poverty

Changing the way we think about poverty and development

There are some words in the popular lexicon that we hear and read about every day but very few appreciate or understand the depth of these words. “Development” and “poverty” are two good examples.

June 15, 2016
June 15, 2016

RTI Act 2009: A powerful tool against poverty

Yet the RTI Act is hardly known for being put to use in significant numbers. It has so far worked mainly with the marginalised and disadvantaged communities because of the help of NGOs and...

May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016

They feel sick yet they have to work

One can easily count the ribcage bones of the 11-year-old bidi (local cigarette) factory worker. Stunted Monir Islam suffers from health problems such as frequent fevers, headaches, nausea and...

May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016

Making Bangladesh ready for renewables

All his life, farmer Nasiruddin saw his poverty ridden village in complete darkness after dusk, with electricity being a distant dream.

March 16, 2016
March 16, 2016

It's not just poverty

You give dowry and I receive it, why are you bringing government into this?”said a woman in a village in Rangpur district during a discussion on women's status.

March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016

FIGHTING POVERTY

The ultra poor generally do not own land and are caught in the low-wage activities of day labourers. They are on the brink of subsistence. And when you are struggling just to maintain your level of...

March 10, 2016
March 10, 2016

Bangladesh needs clear priorities for the future

Bangladesh has big plans for the next five years. By the time the 50th anniversary of independence arrives, and as part of its Vision 2021 plan, the nation aspires to achieve middle-income status.

February 28, 2016
February 28, 2016

Medicare scare

Medicine cost eats up two-thirds of the money spent by people from their own pockets for health, pushing those with chronic diseases towards poverty, said speakers at a policy dialogue yesterday.

February 5, 2016
February 5, 2016

In search of roots

Poverty compelled Rahima Khatun to pass her granddaughter on to a Dutch NGO in 1979 when Sultana was just four. A Dutch couple took her to the Netherlands and brought her up.

January 31, 2016
January 31, 2016

Parliaments of S Asia must work jointly

Collaboration between the national parliaments is crucial to advancing a poverty-free South Asia in pursuance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Speakers of South Asian...

January 30, 2016
January 30, 2016

‘Parliaments’ collaboration crucial for poverty-free S Asia’

Collaboration among national parliaments is crucial in advancing the vision of a poverty-free South Asia pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Speakers of South Asian countries at...