This book comprises a selection of studies from the research team of the Extreme Poverty programme (EEP-Shiree), sponsored by GOB-DFID during 2008-16. Its core premise is that extreme poverty is significantly different as a socio-economic, political and cultural experience from being moderately poor in the society. This categorical distinction is centred around the principle of social isolation and exclusion from supportive networks of kin and social capital within communities, often reinforced by the prominence of female headed or managed extreme poor households.
Bangladesh can duly boast of the status of “Development Puzzle”. The country sustained economic growth averaging 6.7 percent per annum over the last decade; also displayed remarkable advancement in social indicators such as reduction in incidence of poverty, infant and maternal mortality, fertility, food insecurity etc. In driving such socio-economic development in Bangladesh over the last forty years or so, BRAC has played a pivotal role in supporting government initiatives as well as pursuing programmes of its own domain.
Volume II contains Swadesh Bose’s classic works on the consequences to Bangladesh of the Government of Pakistan that favored industrial development of West Pakistan at the expense of East Pakistan. Other subjects are the challenges to agriculture and poverty reduction in Bangladesh, monetary policy in post-liberation Bangladesh, the role of industrial policy and much more.
বিশ গেরামের গল্প বইটির মূল লক্ষ্য বাংলাদেশের বিভিন্ন অঞ্চল থেকে বহুস্তর-বিশিষ্ট দৈব নমুনা চয়নের ভিত্তিতে বাছাইকৃত ২০টি গ্রামের চার দশকব্যাপী ঘটে যাওয়া আর্থ-সামাজিক রূপান্তর উপস্থাপন করা। সম্পূর্ণভাবে মানুষের নিজস্ব চিন্তাভাবনা বা অনুভূতিকে নির্ভর করে গ্রাম রূপান্তরের এই গল্প উপস্থাপন করা হয়েছে। গল্প তৈরিতে নির্দিষ্ট ছকে বাঁধা কোনো প্রশ্নমালা ছিল না। বেছে নেওয়া হয়েছে এক নবধারামূলক পদ্ধতি - বাড়ির উঠোনে বসে, চায়ের স্টলে আড্ডা দিয়ে কিংবা ক্ষেতের আইল ধরে হাঁটতে হাঁটতে জানতে চাওয়া হয়েছে রূপান্তর নিয়ে মানুষের বক্তব্য।
Bangladesh has been ahead of the curve in responding to the challenges of risk, vulnerability and social protection. Having laid a robust foundation of safety net programs, the quest is now for a national social protection strategy that effectively aims for a sum that is greater than its parts.
The volume brings together a collection of essays written by colleagues, friends and students as a tribute to professor Mosharaff Hossain. In addition to personal tributes, the contributions cover issue in agriculture and the rural economy and development in general which were close to the heart of Mosharaff Hossain.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has lost its majestic look. The hills are barren today. The forest resources have decreased to such great extent that official logging that the Bangladesh Forest industry Development Corporation (BFIDC) had performd for decades has come to an end. The Kaptai Dam, Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KPM) and other ‘development icons’ manifest concrete evidences of the ecological devastation today. The indigenous peoples who had a free run in the forest for generations now witness their nexus with nature torn.
Bangladesh has significant coal deposits in the North of the Country.But discontent and the grassroots revolt against the open-cut mine has made “Phulbari Coal Mine’ synonymous to a crisis. In the Face of unprecedented resistance from the communities, any activity in Phulbari mine footprint remains suspended since August 2OO6.This book presents stunning facts, analyses, critiques and images to Explain why local communities and many others are strongly opposed to Open cut mine.
The incidence of armed conflict in human society is as pervasive as the wish for peace is universal. The use of force, and the prevention of it, has preoccupied the minds of rulers and scholars since time immemorial, from Thucydides, Kautilya, Machiavelli, Mao Zedong, Hans Morganthau, and Henry Kissinger. So too some of the most charismatic and influential personalities in human history, from Buddha to Martin Luther King. This book is a timely contribution to a conflict prone current global environment.