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Fight Poverty: What's the best way to do it?

When it comes to the biggest challenges facing Bangladesh, surely poverty is one of the most crucial. And there is still much work to be done.

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Using smarter stoves to combat household air pollution

When it comes to cooking indoors over open fires, the harmful health effects can be equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

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How better technology can make city air cleaner and help save lives

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How smart solutions to tax reform can help develop infrastructure

Bangladesh's public sector faces serious challenges. Poor infrastructure is one of the main factors that hold back economic growth. 

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Helping farmers in the lean season

In northern rural Bangladesh, the autumn lean season is the most difficult time of year, especially in Rangpur, where close to half of the 15.8 million residents live below the poverty line.

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Streamlining opportunities to migrate

In northern rural Bangladesh, the autumn lean season is the most difficult time of year, especially in Rangpur, where close to half of the 15.8 million residents live below the poverty line.

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How education and stimulation in early years can help children thrive for a lifetime

Today, 99 percent of Bangladesh's girls and 97 percent of boys are enrolled in primary school. 

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Linking economies through transportation infrastructure

More than six kilometres of water separate the southwest region from the rest of Bangladesh. The longstanding Padma Bridge project holds potential to span that gap both physically and economically...

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Flexible microfinance models - For more economic opportunities

The early success of microfinance in many places around the world caused some to praise it as a panacea for economic development. More recently, however, critics have questioned some aspects of the model...

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How e-GP save taxpayers tens of billions each year

Each year, Bangladesh spends more than Tk 720 billion (Tk 72,000 crore) on government procurement.

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The smartest ways to fight non-communicable diseases in Bangladesh

Infectious diseases get all the attention. And for a long time, these diseases were what most people around the world died from. 

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Healthcare solutions that are smart

Every hour, tuberculosis kills nine Bangladeshis. Another seven die each hour from arsenic in drinking water. Simple and cheap solutions are available to avoid almost all these deaths.

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Digitize land records - Unlock economic opportunities

Land records in Bangladesh are a bit of a mess—according to the records there is more land owned than actual land exists.

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The smartest ways to adapt to climate

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to climate change.

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The smartest ways to deal with traffic congestion in Dhaka

Unprecedented urban growth has resulted in a city more densely inhabited than Tokyo, Shanghai, Mumbai, or any other major city.

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How to improve Dhaka's public services for future growth

Dhaka has not only become one of the most densely populated cities in the world—it is now also one of the largest unplanned urban centers.

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Healthier mothers for a brighter future

Stunting is especially harmful to Bangladesh, because about 6 million children under age five are stunted.

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Best strategies to empower girls

Even though Bangladesh's legal age of marriage is 18, the country has the second-highest rate of child marriage globally.

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Bringing electricity to more Bangladeshis

The power Bangladesh manages to generate is unreliable - blackouts and shortages cost an estimated 0.5 percent of GDP annually.

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RMG: Smartest Strategies

While global demand for RMG products is expected to surge in coming years, Bangladesh's sector must continue to progress and evolve in order to take advantage of it. 

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Liberal trade policies to boost the best

Costs from some aspects of trade policies that remain inefficient and cumbersome continue to hold back additional gains that could be achieved.

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Golden rice: The malnutrition fighting crop

Over the past two decades Bangladesh has remarkably managed to feed an increasing population better

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Can they change the country's future?

If you had Tk. 250 billion to use for Bangladesh's future, how would you choose to spend it? That would alter the spending of roughly just ten percent of what the national government and international aid agencies combined spend in the country each year.

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Research Summaries

In a series of op-eds published in The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, Bjorn Lomborg outlined the key findings of the path-breaking research produced by the Bangladesh Priorities project. Here you can find all of the articles in the series.

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