OP-ED: The next 50 years

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What will Bangladesh look like in 2071? How would you translate the phrase “Bangladesh chirojeebi hok?” It could be “Long live Bangladesh.” It could also be “May Bangladesh exist forever.” Whichever we pick, our intention is to see our country prosper, grow its importance on the global stage, and house happy and solvent citizens. At […]

OP-ED: The next step for Bt brinjal

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Making Bt eggplant technology sustainable and durable in Bangladesh Bangladesh is in its seventh year of growing genetically modified eggplant (Bt brinjal). Starting with 20 farmers in the 2014-15 season, we have now over 60,000 farmers adopting the technology in the 2020-21 season. These are farmers who have obtained seeds from the formal sources.  The […]

OP-ED: The collective power of the people of Bangladesh

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Celebrating 50 years of love, advocacy, and resiliency It’s Bangladesh’s 50th birthday, and we are celebrating.  Flags are flying high as Bangladeshis exercise their right to praise each other, critique one another, and speak in Bangla — a language that weighs much more on the heart than it does on one’s mind. A vernacular that […]

OP-ED: 50 years on, what are our challenges?

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As we develop and prosper, it would be unwise to ignore the looming threat of climate change Fifty years of independence is a significant milestone for Bangladeshi people. Since the invasion of the East India Company in 1757, too many civil rights movements were crushed and human rights were savagely violated.  The birth of Bangladesh […]

OP-ED: Families need to re-define the formula for lasting success

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It is no longer enough for family businesses to rely on values and legacy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) launched the 10th Global Family Business Survey across the world on February. This is a landmark report that studies key decision-makers in family businesses within several PwC key territories. The goal of the survey is to get an understanding […]

Soft power, hard targets

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With an abundance of people, there is no shortage of talent to nurture in Bangladesh All the best-known rankings of soft power in the world have two constants in common. From the IfG-Monocle Soft Power Index to the likes of Elanco and Portlands’ annual surveys, the top 20 nations have always been from Western Europe, […]

OP-ED: The toolkit for targeting India’s youth

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When there is a democratic protest, who draws the red lines? Anxiety and outrage erupted in urban India on Valentine’s Day earlier this week, when the New Delhi police force swooped all the way down to the southern city of Bengaluru to arrest the 22-year-old environmentalist (she works in a start-up specializing in vegan food) […]

ED: Coal is not the future — time to focus on renewables

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Shifting away from coal is not only desirable, but absolutely necessary in these times In spite of being detrimental to environment, coal has long been seen as the most affordable option to meet our energy goals. As a nation with ambitious growth targets, our energy needs are tremendous, and in this pursuit for growth, sustainability […]

OP-ED: Not just a forest

The true value of the Sundarbans is far higher than most people imagine The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world — however, due to over-exploitation of resources, the future of the forest is in jeopardy. The Sundarbans’s inclusion into the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites on December 7, 1997 was due […]

OP-ED: Win-win: Climate change projects for effective anti-corruption

The main factors driving corruption in such projects are low transparency, a lack of community engagement, and limited accountability Our research in Bangladesh identifies two practical ways to make climate change adaptation funding more effective. First, anti-corruption monitoring is more effective when led by locally influential households; secondly and more importantly, their involvement can be […]