As Sheikh Hasina gears up to visit India, here’s what’s on the table between India and Bangladesh

With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visiting India from April 7, 17 agreements and bilateral MoUs have been finalised. Almost two years into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Dhaka, it is time to reflect on the progress made and issues yet to be resolved. In the last five years, trade between the two… Read More

Progress made and potentials unexplored

During the war of liberation of Bangladesh, a Canadian parliamentary delegation was sent to India to witness the plight of Bangladeshis fleeing the war-torn country in 1971. The situation of the refugees and their number were reported to the government of late Canadian Premier Pierre Trudeau, which led to increased financial assistance and humanitarian support… Read More

IPAG G20 Policy Brief (Published)

The G20 is a forum of the 20 most politically and economically powerful countries of the world. Think20 (T20), the network of leading research institutes and think tanks from the G20 countries provides research-based policy advice to the G20, facilitates interaction among its members and the policy community, and communicates issues of global importance. The… Read More

Development Displacement and some words…

A look at the uprooting of people due to development projects and systemic means of reducing damage

Energy Efficiency: Prevalent Practices & Policy Perspectives (IPAG Knowledge Series Book 3)

IPAG in association with the Hydrocarbon unit, Energy & Mineral Resources Division, Government of Bangladesh organized a Seminar on the occasion of the International Energy Efficiency Day 2017 on March 5, 2017. On this occasion the publication titled, ‘Energy Efficiency: Prevalent Practices & Policy Perspectives’ was launched. This compiles insightful perspectives on the energy sector… Read More

Policies for equal access to work

“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.” – Nelson Mandela, State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 1996.  The statement above holds true for all countries irrespective of economic conditions or political system. At the Davos forum this January, Oxfam… Read More

China and South Asia: The clarion call for a new alliance against IS

Regional cooperation in counter-terrorism between China and South Asia has been persistently averted. This piece explores the renewed scope for cooperation in the face of emergent threats, and underscores the importance of joining forces against what may be the deadliest breed of international terrorism encountered thus far.

We have come a long way

Poverty is a multidimensional crisis encompassing social, economic and political components. In the last two decades, Bangladesh has shown tremendous progress in both absolute and social poverty alleviation. According to Asian Development Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy, population below poverty line almost halved from 56.6 million in 1990 to 23.6 million in 2016. In the process,… Read More

Climate change and food security

Bangladesh is among the most precarious and unpredictable countries due to climate risks (Bangladesh Country Study, 2013). It is regularly stricken by annual flooding, or shortage of water during dry seasons; it frequently suffers from cyclones, storm surges, along with changing groundwater aquifer situations. Most of the land mass comprises of floodplains, and up to… Read More

What is lost on the ground is recovered in cyberspace: The New Face of Radicalization

The battles to take back Mosul and Raqqa from ISIS have given rise to very important questions – What happens to ISIS as they physically disperse? Where do they go? What do they do?