Bangladesh: Articles

Read about development issues relevant to Bangladesh.

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  • May 2013

    Bangladesh Crop Insurance: Helping Farmers Weather the Storm

    ADB launches a program to help Bangladesh farmers protect their precarious livelihoods. Farmers around the world are at the mercy of the weather, but those in Bangladesh are more vulnerable than most with the low-lying country highly susceptible to the increasing monsoon floods and tropical cyclones brought by climate change. This also means they are in huge need of ways to protect their precarious livelihoods.
  • February 2013

    Prosperity through Empowerment: Focus on Women in South Asia

    Empowering women in South Asia can help address the twin issues of gender and urban poverty, say ADB's senior social development specialist Francesco Tornieri and urban development specialist Ron Slangen.
  • December 2012

    Reconstruction after the 2004 Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami

    With support from ADB, the people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami were able to rebuild their lives and communities. In a region where millions live in risk-prone areas, frequently in situations where building regulations and land use planning are not enforced, natural disasters all too often bring devastation and suffering to the most vulnerable. Yet, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean basin on 26 December 2004 was on a scale that few could have anticipated.
  • November 2012

    Poverty and Economics in South Asia: Cooperation and Integration

    South Asia's prospects of growth depend in good part on the enhancement of cross-border connectivity and facilitation of trade among Bangladesh, Butan, India and Nepal. Here are 12 things to know about cooperation and integration in South Asia.
  • November 2012

    Upholding Environmental Laws in Asia and the Pacific

    ADB is helping countries in Asia and the Pacific promote environmental justice through knowledge sharing and capacity building
  • October 2012

    Islamic Finance in Asia and the Pacific

    Shari'ah compliant financing is becoming increasingly popular in the Asia and the Pacific region. ADB’s Ashraf Mohammed, Assistant General Counsel and Practice Leader – Islamic Finance, explains why.
  • June 2012

    Private Tutoring and Shadow Education in Asia

    An ADB study, undertaken in partnership with the Comparative Education Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong, brings into the spotlight the phenomenon of private tutoring, also called "shadow education". A growing practice in Asia, shadow education risks dominating the lives of young people and their families, maintaining and exacerbating social inequalities, diverting needed household income into an unregulated industry, and creating inefficiencies in education systems.
  • October 2011

    Tourism in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

    Tourism is thriving in South Asia with overseas visitors flocking to its vast array of natural, cultural and historic attractions. In the first quarter of 2011, UN data showed international visitor arrivals up 14% from the same period the year before. A large number of those visitors travelled to multiple countries across the subregion, drawn to its many world-renowned and colorful Buddhist heritage sites. This growth in arrivals is expected to continue as tourism infrastructure and services steadily improve.
  • April 2011

    Kamal Kar: Community-led Total Sanitation in Bangladesh

    Why is sanitation such a passion for you? The idea of people defecating in the open was very disturbing to me. My involvement in sanitation began when I was invited by WaterAid to lead an evaluation mission of their water and sanitation project in Bangladesh, where open defecation was the norm. It disturbed me a lot.
  • July 2010

    Bangladesh: Keeping Education's Promise

    Bangladesh has high primary school enrollment rates and equally high drop out rates for older students. A revitalization of the country's education system aims to keep students in school. Syedpur, Bangladhesh - "I want to be a teacher when I grow older and help poor and sick people," says Devasmita Sarkar, a lively 10-year-old girl who attends a primary school in northwestern Bangladesh.