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Bangladesh Priorities research explored 76 solutions to help Bangladesh, covering themes from poverty and health to education, infrastructure and gender equality. Download our project brochure for complete breakdown of the all the costs and benefits of each solution.

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Top Priorities for Bangladesh

One-in-Eleven Death Could Be Averted; Billions of Lives Saved

Eminent Panel's Top Priorities for BangladeshOur Eminent Panel, including a Nobel laureate economist and Bangladeshi economic experts, announced a prioritized list of investments that would produce phenomenal benefits for Bangladesh, saving billions of takas and averting one-in-eleven deaths.

Following the Copenhagen Consensus framework, the panel’s top priorities for Bangladesh were investment in tuberculosis (TB) treatment, infant nutrition, and e-government.

A Pioneering Project

For more than a decade, the Copenhagen Consensus approach has been applied at a global level – most recently to provide an economic input to the United Nations’ ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. This collaboration with BRAC is the first time it has been used at a national level.

"Bangladesh has a proud tradition for trailblazing ideas, distributing innovative BRAC solutions to many nations, and making microfinance a solution across the world. This project is a global first, and this once again makes Bangladesh a pioneer.”  
- Bjorn Lomborg

Compelling New Economic Research

After public engagement and roundtables held with government, NGOs, and universities, seventy-six policy options were selected for analysis. More than 60% of the researchers in the project were Bangladeshi. The entire volume of new policy research has been placed in the public domain

Bangladesh Priorities Eminent Panel with Copenhagen Consensus Center president and founder, Bjorn Lomborg

The Eminent Panel considered the entire volume of research, well over 1,000 pages of new evidence on the costs and benefits of Bangladeshi policy options and prioritized the following list of investments.

This list will help both government and donors to prioritize future policy choices for Bangladesh. By encapsulating the social, environmental, and economic returns on cost, this provides us with a very valuable insight.”  
- Dr. Kas Murshid, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies Director General

Click here to learn more about the top three investmetns or download the Eminent Panel’s full findings. Scroll down to view the full eminent panel ranking.


Rank Intervention
1 TB treatment
2 e-procurement across government
3 Nutrition & micronutrients, ½-5 year olds
4 Land records digitization
5 Bus Priority for Dhaka
6 Increase secondary education for girls
7 Iron and folic acid in pregnancy
8 Psycho-social stimulation for stunting
9 Immunize children in urban slums
10 Hypertension medication
11 Union Digital Center migration services
12 Retrofit kilns, outdoor air pollution
13 More services at Union Digital Centers
14 Treat arsenic for 20% worst affected
15 Newborn homecare by health workers
16 Reform VAT and automate collection
17 Access to contraception
18 Golden Rice R&D
19 Expand village courts
20 RMG factory compliance
21 Balanced protein energy in pregnancy
22 Solid waste management in Dhaka
23 Multi-drug resistant TB treatment
24 Tobacco tax
25 Immunize children in remote areas
26 Facility births with skilled attendant
27 Shared diesel to replace kerosene
28 Import coal for more power
29 Calcium in pregnancy
30 RMG Palli special zone
31 Gasifier stove
32 Ultra-poor graduation programs
33 Skills training for migrants
34 Expand broadband
35 Diabetes treatment
36 Trade liberalization
37 Household solar to replace kerosene
38 Sanitation
39 Group and teach according to ability
40 Biomass cookstoves, indoor air pollution
41 Hand-washing promotion
42 Stormwater drainage in Dhaka
43 Transport infrastructure for Dhaka
44 Treat arsenic for all affected
45 Boost agricultural productivity
46 Early warning systems and shelters
47 Restoration of Buriganga river system
48 On-the-job management training
49 Smokeless tobacco cessation
50 Resettlement to manufacturing cities
51 Improve teacher accountability
52 Polders, flood level less than 3m
53 Padma Bridge
54 Improve school management
55 New hybrid kilns, outdoor air pollution
56 Trade facilitation
57 Treat and immunize cervical cancer
58 Seasonal migration stipends
59 Mangrove protection in Sundarbans
60 Livelihood programs
61 Flexible microfinance
62 Traditional microfinance
63 Vocational training
64 Provide BAU inputs like textbooks
65 LPG cookstoves, indoor air pollution
66 Unrestricted roads to North East India
67 Unconditional cash transfers
68 Unrestricted roads to Bhutan and Nepal
69 Import and domestic coal for more power
70 Computer assisted learning
71 Bond market
72 Polders, flood level more than 3m