The sustainable development goals and climate finance: Catalytic agent or empty vessel?

  Climate change is creating an investment challenge. Although overhauling traditional energy systems, curtailing harmful industry practices, and scaling emerging technology can make economic sense, they often mean steep front-loaded costs. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are crafted to accelerate the flow of climate finance to developing countries, but, on the surface, it is… Read More

Energy for Regional Integration in South Asia: Building Capacity for Greater Connectivity

The Institute for Policy, Advocacy and Governance (IPAG) in collaboration with Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) will conduct a Capacity Building & Training Program on ‘Energy for Regional Integration in South Asia: Building Capacity for Greater Connectivity’ in Thimphu from October 25-26, 2017. The workshop is part of the annual capacity building and training series… Read More

বাংলাদেশের কাছে চীনের প্রয়োজন

এখন এক অনিবার্য প্রশ্ন হচ্ছে, বিশ্বের দ্বিতীয় বৃহত্তম অর্থনীতির দেশ কেন ৪৭তম অর্থনীতির দেশের সঙ্গে সম্পর্ক উষ্ণ করছে? গত বছরের অক্টোবরে চীনা প্রেসিডেন্ট সি চিন পিংয়ের বাংলাদেশ সফরটি ‘ঐতিহাসিক রাষ্ট্রীয় সফর’ হিসেবে চিহ্নিত হয়েছে। এটি দক্ষিণ এশিয়া ও ভারত মহাসাগর অঞ্চলের খেলা বদলে দিয়েছে। এই সফরের অংশ হিসেবে চীনা কোম্পানিগুলোর সঙ্গে বাংলাদেশি কোম্পানিগুলোর ১ হাজার… Read More

The growing strategic importance of Bangladesh to China

The visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh on October 14-15, 2016 had been dubbed as a ‘historical state visit’ poised to be a geopolitical game changer in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. At the sidelines of Xi’s visit, Bangladeshi and Chinese firms signed USD 13.6 billion worth of deals in trade… Read More

5TH Day Long SUB Faculty Training Program

Ms. Avia Nahreen, Senior Research Associate at IPAG, was invited as a guest speaker at State University of Bangladesh’s (SUB) 5th Day Long Faculty Training Program to speak on the “Current Challenges & Strategic Visions for Good Governance in Bangladesh.” Faculties of the university presented on the various aspects of good governance and the need… Read More

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

Peaceful Transition of Power: The Hallmark of American Democracy

A look back into the history of American election and peaceful power transition or the lack of it….