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Child marriage in Bangladesh: Empowering young girls to make informed choices

The Family Planning Association of Bangladesh is helping young girls in rural areas to make informed choices about their future. FPAB works in madrasah schools across the country and provides counseling, support and information to adolescent girls and their families about the perils of child marriage and early pregnancy.

“I am a girl with a choice,” says Hosna, 14, who lives in Bangladesh. Her father was planning for her to get married, but with help from a UK aid funded partner, IPPF, she was able to access services, information and support to make an informed decision about her future.

The Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), an IPPF Member Association, collaborates with community partners and provides services to support girls and end child marriage. Continue reading


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the antipoverty group that helped pull Bangladesh out of the ashes

Is Bigger Better? Using market incentives, Fazle Hasan Abed’s antipoverty group helped pull Bangladesh out of the ashes. Next up: Africa.

David Armstrong
2 June 2008
Forbes Asia
Copyright 2008 Forbes Inc.

Using market incentives, Fazle Hasan Abed built the largest antipoverty group in the world and helped pull Bangladesh out of the ashes. Now he wants to take on Africa.

From the large glass window of his modern, well-lit and spacious offices 19 floors above Dhaka, Bangladesh, Fazle Hasan Abed, a former executive for Shell Oil, can keep tabs on nearby Korail, a dense slum of 60,000 people living in single-story mud, aluminum and bamboo shacks, some built on thin stilts over the brackish water of an urban lake. Abed, 72, has more than a little interest in the slum. The
organization he founded in 1972, BRAC, the largest antipoverty group in the world, with 110,000 paid employees and a $482 million annual budget, has its hands everywhere in Korail. Continue reading

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15 lakh children in Bangladesh work in hazardous jobs

Mamunur Rashid

At least 15lakh children are engaged in hazardous occupations in the country and the number is rising day by day due to the hike in food price. Moreover, most of them work with little or no pay but for three meager meals.

According to reports, there are 218 million child laborers between the age of five and 17 in the world. Of them, 126 million are performing dangerous tasks or working in hazardous conditions.

In Bangladesh, there are 79 lakh working children of whom 64 lakh are in rural and 15 lakh in urban areas. Of them 15 lakh are engaged in hazardous jobs. Continue reading

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Establishment of institute of disaster management – Bangladesh

A. K. M. Abdul Ahad Biswas, Ph.D

Living with risk and to develop disaster risk reduction initiatives, priority emphasis must be given to education as an essential part of disaster reduction and management strategies. The various dimensions of disaster risk management within a community can be addressed and continuously reinforced, passed between generations, through formal educational programs and professional training. People’s understanding and the exercise of their professional skills are essential components of disaster management and risk reduction strategy. An investment in human resources and increasing individual capabilities across generations are likely to have more lasting value than any specific investments made in technical measures to reduce and manage disaster risks.

Due to over exploitation and indiscriminant use of nature, it has been becoming more and more ferocious causing massive destruction. We have such terrible experiences on 15 November, 2007, in 1991 as well as in 1971. Again we are in great challenges of green house effects of inundating total costal belt accounting 580 km length sea beach which is one third of our country and 10,090 sq km of in-country water area (Ref: Map Asia).

Why need establishing Institute of Disaster Management? Continue reading


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Bangladesh on World Bank, IMF: All rhetoric, no action

The Development Newswire

Xinhua reports that Bangladesh senior official Mirza Azizul Islam lambasted the world’s primary financial lenders for failing to act against the international food crisis. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are not really taking steps to avert the global food problem, according to Bangladesh finance adviser Mirza Azizul Islam. “Food costs are on the rise and Bangladesh and many other countries are in trouble. Our government is having a hard time coping with the burden of ever-increasing subsidies on food as the prices are climbing in the international market,” remarked Islam. “The World Bank and IMF are expressing concern over the crisis, but they are not doing anything to ease the problem,” he added. In addition to the food situation, the Bangladeshi official also urged the agencies to assist developing countries in coming up with solutions to the problems posed by climate change. Source: Bangladesh slams donors for inaction over food crisis (Xinhua)




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