- February 20, 2017
Great change comes from the courage of ordinary human beingsVery rarely in life do we come across an idea that is so profound that it makes you feel infinitely empowered. Jean-Paul Sartre, the prominent French philosopher, championed an idea of such nature. Sartre, in short, advocated a radical notion that human beings are inherently free to shape their respective identities, and any excuse of being burdened by traditions, norms, or beliefs is nothing but an apprehension to explore the unbounded possibilities of human existence. In essence, his philosophy makes a revolutionary claim — what we are is fundamentally a function of what we do.READ MORE
Let’s not be complacent about Bangladesh Bank’s ability to manage bad loans in the futureThe economic transformation of Bangladesh over the last decade has been well-appreciated by the development community. Its performance in improving key development indicators such as reducing extreme poverty or increasing life expectancy means that not only has Bangladesh reduced the acute burden of deprivation for a large share of its population. The overall progress has allowed the country to position itself favourably to qualify as a lower-middle income country in the next few years.READ MORE
A sustainable development strategy, at its core, is concerned with how human society as a whole balances the need of the present generation without compromising the prospects of future generations. The very idea, in essence, is focused on inter-generational equity as it compels socio-economic actors to accept that economic actions today shape the choices and opportunities that are available to future generations, and that a “just economic order” necessitates that we value the implications of our actions with the utmost precaution.READ MORE
Are citizens ready to reward candidates who stand for better governance and effective public services — irrespective of their party affiliation? As someone who was born and raised in Dhaka, there is no denying that the city has played a special role in shaping our collective identity. Its unique place in our nation’s history has always made us proud for what it has endured and how it has defied the odds to be the city that it is.
And yet, it is also true that Dhaka has suffered from extreme demographic and economic changes, and one only needs to take a walk through any neighbourhood to realise how frustrating it is, and how quality of life has taken a nosedive.READ MORE