Smart Solutions for Bangladesh
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.
Top Three Priorities for Bangladesh
Using the Copenhagen Consensus process, our Eminent Panel identified top priorities for Bangladesh. Top-ranked policy interventions were investment in tuberculosis (TB) treatment, infant nutrition, and e-government.
TB kills 80,000 Bangladeshis each year. Halting this death toll would stop nearly one in every eleven Bangladeshi deaths. Research by Dr. Anna Vassall, senior lecturer in health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, outlines a cost-effective TB treatment strategy using community health clinics that costs just Tk 7,850 per patient. Treating one person can save multiple lives. In total, each taka will achieve 21 takas of good. Learn more.
Bangladesh spends more than Tk 720 billion (Tk 72,000 crore) on public procurement annually. Making this process more efficient would avoid delays and cost overruns and increase efficiency. Research by Dr. Wahid Abdallah, a research fellow at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development and Assistant Professor, BRAC University, shows that each taka spent on digital procurement will achieve 663 takas of good. In addition, research by Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, finds that creating electronic land records would provide an incredible 619 takas of benefits per taka spent. Learn more.
Digitizing land records is the type of policy that Bangladesh should prioritize. We need to embrace the digital age and secure property rights for women and men equally to unlock economic opportunities."
- Selima Ahmad, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry president and founder
Bangladesh has had great success fighting hunger, but there is more work to do. Stunting affects around 6 million Bangladeshi children under age five, decreasing cognitive development, and leading to worse health outcomes, school performance, and productivity. New research by Jonathan Rose, a research advisor with the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, examines programs to fight malnutrition by delivering nutrients and micronutrients to young children and pregnant mothers. Rose’s research estimates that if these supplements were delivered to everyone, stunting would fall from 36 percent to an estimated 29 percent—averting stunting in roughly 450,000 children. Learn more.
More Good Ideas
Other very high-ranked policy ideas for Bangladesh include:
• greater investment in transportation infrastructure to mitigate the need for private automobiles, motorcycles, auto-rickshaws and cycle- rickshaws;
• efforts to increase secondary school education for girls;
• providing iron and folic acid supplements during pregnancy, to improve health outcomes for mothers and their young children.
Want to learn more? Download the Eminent Panel’s full findings.
Making choices is not an easy task. But if we want to get the best possible impact for our limited resources, it is essential to prioritize our options. The cooperation with Copenhagen Consensus Center has been a highly informative and valuable experience, and the results of Bangladesh Priorities will help BRAC specifically and the country in general set our future priorities."
- Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC
Scroll down to view the full eminent panel ranking
|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|
|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|
|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|
|32||Ultra-poor graduation programs|
|33||Skills training for migrants|
|37||Household solar to replace kerosene|
|39||Group and teach according to ability|
|40||Biomass cookstoves, indoor air pollution|
|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|
|54||Improve school management|
|55||New hybrid kilns, outdoor air pollution|
|57||Treat and immunize cervical cancer|
|58||Seasonal migration stipends|
|59||Mangrove protection in Sundarbans|
|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|
|72||Polders, flood level more than 3m|