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Elusive Progress

State of Food Security in Bangladesh 2012

The country is facing hurdles to ensure food security for its growing population despite consecutivecouvertureelusiveprogress bumper harvest of food grains in recent times and the situation may aggravate, with emergence of challenges such as climatic hazards, increased cost of agriculture input and hike of price of food grains in national and international markets.

It is apparent that the actions on – food security, poverty reduction, and increased growth and employment generation - require quantitative as well as qualitative analyses. The dearth of up-to-date information is always a challenge. The structural and physical conditions and consequential associated impacts at various levels have to be incorporated in shaping thoughts - not only in relation to challenging us to reflect on the feasible and appropriate approaches at multiple levels, but also as regards to translating those into actions and implementation. Thus suggestions are made in respect of levels of producers, consumers, government and international market.

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Accumulation and Alienation

State of Labour in Bangladesh 2013accumulation and alienation

The State of Labour in Bangladesh, 2013, first of its kind in the country, reveals a parallel process of economic growth driven by, and associated dispossession of, labour. Despite labour remaining in the heart of such development, labourers are dispossessed by a number of ways. Against this backdrop, the key question is: can this type of accumulation by dispossession enable the economy to a sustainable path required to create gainful employment, reduce poverty and shrink inequality?

The research evinces that the option for people to make choices and to claim rights to decent employment has remained elusive in the context of survival and hence has been subjected to injustices and dispossession.

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Institutions Matter

State of Women in Bangladesh, 2013institutions matter

This annual State of Women in Bangladesh, 2013 is a publication of Social Policy Unit of Unnayan Onneshan. The research reveals that the violence against women has increased in the country over the years, despite quantitative improvements made in economic and social indicators, owing to institutional rigidities embedded in societal structure, manifesting in unequal power relations between men and women.
The report recommends re-visioning of the state from the current form of an enabler to that of a dutybearing one to ensure rights, shifting from the current target-based approach to a one of society-based, to transform from the present trickle down approach to ensuring equality and fairness, to opt for balanced rural and urban development to reduce regional disparities and calls for citizen’s vibrant resistance and movements in the wake of reduced space and manufacturing consent for the status quo by the so-called civil society.

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Deccelerated Decline

State of Poverty in Bangladesh 2012deccelerated decline

Successive governments have taken several initiatives for reduction in poverty, yet the poverty persists and challenges continue to evolve. The problem arises in their failings to conceptualise that poverty is manifestation of social property relationship, embedded in institutions, structures, power, and reality and composition of the state.

The research finds a slowdown in reduction in poverty in recent years and reveals concerns, particularly if a forecast is made on the basis of current trend, suggesting that the rate of decline may further decelerate, leaving the target of poverty reduction of the government at bay. An attempt, thus, has been pursued towards analysing the causes of slower reduction in poverty in the recent years.

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