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  • World Environment Day 2020: Time to look at how we will recover better
    05/06/2020

    Bangladesh topped the list of the world’s most polluted countries in 2019, with an air quality index of 83.3. Our nearest contender was Pakistan at 65.81. India was 58.08 and China came in at 39.12. During the lockdown, particularly in the beginning, positive changes were noted in the environment. Air quality in the capital fluctuated from un… Read more

  • COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (30 May 2020)
    31/05/2020

    Dear colleagues, partners and friends, A unique dichotomy is in place as we speak. The middle-class urbanites, on one hand, are hunkering down and getting ready with preparation for at-home care and what is to come during the next few weeks. On the other hand, people from low-income groups who are worried about their livelihoods are returning to Dh… Read more

  • Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise: The double challenge of accessing justice during a pandemic
    27/05/2020

    Amena Khatun* and her husband Ismail Hossain* experienced an extreme food crisis during lockdown in Barguna district, in southern Bangladesh. They had no work and no savings. Almost at the point of starving, Amena’s father took Amena to see their local Union Parishad (UP) member, hoping to access food relief. On 6 April, the local UP member assur… Read more

  • COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (23 May 2020)
    23/05/2020

    Dear colleagues, partners and friends, Eid is usually the most festive day of the year for many Bangladeshis – a time to reflect, express gratitude and spend time with family and loved ones. Unfortunately, many will struggle to celebrate this Eid. While COVID-19 continues to spread, and millions across the country struggle to feed their famil… Read more

  • The Khichuri Index: Measuring the economic stress level in Bangladesh
    21/05/2020

    The ‘Khichuri Index’ reflects the weighted average cost of a bowl of khichuri— a popular all-day meal in most Bangladeshi homes. This index is similar to the Financial Times’ ‘Breakfast Index’, which is constructed by using the weighted average of the cost of a ‘continental breakfast’. In Bangladesh, the idea was first floated on th… Read more

the Guardian

Has a Bangladesh charity found a way to banish extreme poverty?

The Guardian
06/12/2016
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The Economist

Graduating from destitution

The Economist
01/08/2015
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the Guardian

BRAC’s Founder wins 2015 World Food Prize

The Guardian
02/07/2015
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New York Times

The Power, and Process, of a Simple Solution

New York Times
14/08/2014
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