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    ISSUE 13

    Give the next generation a bigger voice

    Bangladesh is a young country, with a median age of 27 years. Over a quarter of its population is aged between 15 and 29. While there has been much talk of cashing in on the demographic dividend so Bangladesh can become an advanced economy by 2041, the country’s youth clearly need more tools to use in such a transformation. What policy interventions can truly help the next generation take the country forward? How best to prepare for global challenges such as climate change? This issue of WhiteBoard asks whether it’s time to rethink youth policies. Read more >>

        
    

    A new look at youth-engagement

    September 15, 2023
    Adolescents make up a significant share of Bangladesh’s population. This age demography has created a ‘youth bulge’ in the country’s population pyramid. Those in the youth bulge will soon step into adulthood and contribute to the country’s development process at all levels. This makes Bangladesh…
        
    

    Icchedana fights child marriage in Bangladesh

    September 15, 2023
    According to a 2020 report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), globally around 20% of girls were married before the age of 18. South Asia alone accounts for 45% of these child marriages. UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2021 shows that around 51%…

    Bangladesh in climate justice

    September 15, 2023
    Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable states to climate change. It faces severe adverse weather conditions such as catastrophic cyclones, flash floods, increased salinity and unprecedented heatwaves. Despite its minimal contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, of about 0.4%, Bangladesh is disproportionately experiencing…
        
    

    Wage policy to protect Bangladeshi workers

    2026 will be a watershed year for Bangladesh. This is when the country will graduate from the United Nations least developed countries list. In this endeavour, Bangladesh is focusing on socioeconomic policies as integral components of its development agenda. To address perennial issues of poverty,…
        
    

    The Commonwealth and Dhaka

    September 15, 2023
    The Commonwealth is an association of 56 member countries, most of which are former territories of the British Empire. It is an intriguing paradox in the world. It is, often rightfully, asked whether the Commonwealth has delivered value to its member countries, and how it…

    Vienna conventions in Bangladesh

    September 15, 2023
    To be able to analyse the international diplomatic relations of today, one needs to revisit the Cold War era of the 1960s. The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, popularly known as the VCLT, was adopted in 1969. It establishes principles for treaty formation,…
        
    

    Bangladesh’s poverty approach needs more

    September 15, 2023
    Let’s start with understanding sufficientarianism. This is an idea related to distributive justice. Sufficientarian justice aims to make sure each of us has enough, establishing a threshold of sufficiency for basic needs. According to American political economist John Roemer, it is ‘the doctrine advising the…
        
    

    Youth lens – A policy briefcase

    September 15, 2023
    Youth development   Youth Policy Bangladesh formulated its revamped Youth Policy in 2018. The policy was first formulated in 1983. It focuses on leadership abilities and fosters progressive youth. It was formed by taking the country’s youth bulge into consideration. It is curated to mould…