Bangladesh: Articles

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  • December 2011

    Bangladesh Flooding and Disaster Management

    Sirajganj, Bangladesh─ When the rain-swollen Jamuna River breached its banks and inundated Sirajganj town 4 years ago, the streets were under knee-deep water, forcing shutdowns of businesses and schools. Even after the rain stopped, the floodwaters took more than 2 months to recede. Roads were ravaged and the town's poor drainage system ceased to function. Residents returned to homes that were no longer fit to live in.
  • December 2011

    Helping Women in Bangladesh Through Livestock Development

    Dharakantar, Bangladesh─At 20, Ayesha Siddik was married to a day laborer who generally earned less than a dollar a day. She lived in a mud and straw hut in this farming village in northern Rangpur district. Today, Ayesha is the owner of nine cattle worth Tk225,000 ($2,941). She lives in a three-room building that stands out in a village of mostly tin-roof houses, sends her two children to school, and has convinced her husband to help her raise cattle.
  • December 2011

    Bangladesh: Roads Connect People to Opportunities

    Taraganj, Bangladesh - Firoza Begum, 35, tends roadside saplings from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Tk90 (less than $2) a day. It is a meager salary, but she is thankful - not only for the salary, but for the road itself. That is because the newly built 10 kilometer road has brought together remote villages, government offices, a sprawling market, and a hospital in the northern region of Rangpur. The project also provides jobs to 116 women aged between 25 and 40, who nurse and protect 13,000 fruit and forest tree saplings.
  • December 2011

    Promoting Good Government and Helping Women in Bangladesh

    Gazipur, Bangladesh─Maksuda Begum, 45, runs a sidewalk tea shop, but she also has a seat on the 60-member Town Development Coordination Committee along with the mayor, academics, doctors, politicians, and business people. "The drains in my slum are overflowing," Maksuda, a mother of two, tells the meeting. "We must do something to stop the leaks." "This is how we learn about the problems of the common people and respond to their complaints," says Mayor Mohammad Abdul Karim. "This is how we are making ourselves accountable to the people ... establishing good governance."
  • 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.
  • June 2010

    Bangladesh: A Bridge to School

    New bridges are making travel easier across the hills of Bangladesh, and helping children stay in school. Kyamalongpara, Bangladesh - Mayoisaing Marma, a sixth grade student, missed classes for about a month during the monsoon in 2007 - not because she was ill, and not because she did not enjoy studying.
  • June 2010

    Tap Water Makes a Difference in Southeast Bangladesh

    Residents in the Chittagong Hill Tracts communities of Bangladesh are piping their way out of disease and poverty. Paglimukh Village, Bangladhesh - "I've spent most of my life here worrying about water," said Sampudi Tanchangya sitting in the shade of a citrus tree as she cuts betel nuts with a knife. She waves toward a nearby pipe that supplies tap water to her doorstep, thanks to the Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project supported by ADB.
  • May 2010

    Bangladesh: A Mobile Revolution

    ADB assistance to Grameen Telecom has helped provide mobility and connectivity to more than 23 million subscribers in Bangladesh - and changed their lives. Bandarban, Bangladesh - Mobile phone operations have penetrated even the remote regions of Bangladesh to open up new business prospects for the people.
  • January 2010

    Credit, Knowledge, Infrastructure - A Winning Mix

    A project in rural Bangladesh provides farmers with training, data, and price information to help them maximize returns and increase the quality of produce. Niyamatpur Village, Bangladesh - Spinach, mangoes, ginger, and a vast array of other vegetables, fruits, and spices are turning around the lives of tens of thousands of small-scale farmers and their families in northwestern Bangladesh.