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Oct 10, 2020 | Issue 16

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CRI Launched the inaugural issue of its flagship policy magazine WhiteBaord

CRI virtually launched its flagship quarterly policy magazine named WhiteBoard on 20 September, 2020. WhiteBaord is set to bring fresh and diverse ideas into the policy-sphere of Bangladesh. Aimed at the young generation, policy-makers and development practitioners, both at home and abroad, WhiteBoard seeks to be the go-to resource for the latest commentary on Bangladesh. CRI Trustee and WhiteBoard Editor-in-Chief, Radwan Mujib Siddiq and WhiteBoard Editorial Advisory Board member and Associate Professor at BRAC University, Dr. Samia Huq and WhiteBoard Co-editor Syed Mafiz Kamal attended the launch. The first issue of the magazine covers the policies and visions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for the new-born Bangladesh.

India-Bangladesh Partnership in Post Pandemic Economic Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has ripple effect on the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe. The South Asian nations such as Bangladesh and India are among the most significantly affected. In this backdrop, the CRI study titled ‘India-Bangladesh Partnership in Post Pandemic Economic Recovery’ outlines the Bangladesh’s and India’s progress on various global development parameters over the years. The report also discusses how leveraging bilateral partnerships, multilateral forums and farsighted policies could help Bangladesh and India in taming the COVID-19 induced economic fallout.

Bangladesh at Work: Job Creation and Inclusive Growth in the Era of COVID-19

Bangladesh’s economy suffered like many other countries across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Low income people in the informal sector and the small and medium enterprise (SME) sectors have been hit hard. COVID-19 induced job loss are both temporary and permanent in nature. The CRI Study titled ‘Bangladesh at Work: Job Creation and Inclusive Growth in the Era of COVID-19’ portrays the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in terms of job loss. The analytical study captures the vital factors influencing job creation and government initiatives eyeing employment generation and offers some recommendations for policymakers in terms of job creation during the recovery period.

Mujib: Father of A Nation

Very few personalities in history can be credited to accomplish what Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, fondly known as “Bangabandhu”, has done. He is more than a politician, someone who was able to inspire a nation to make a fresh mark on the world map. He led the challenging struggle for a democratic alternative to military rule, and subsequently for the independence of Bangladesh. This publication is part of a series paying tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary which is being celebrated as Mujib Borsho (100 Years of Mujib) in Bangladesh.

Mujib: The Language of Resistance

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman played instrumental role in shaping the movement for the recognition of Bangla as one of the state languages of Pakistan. Mujib proactively participated in the strikes and protest against the language policy of Pakistan government. The publication titled ‘Mujib: The Language of Resistance’ highlights Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s contribution to the language movement which remains unknown to a number of generations in Bangladesh. This publication is part of a series paying tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary which is being celebrated as Mujib Borsho (100 Years of Mujib) in Bangladesh.

Mujib: The Voice of Freedom

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the leader who inspired and united a nation to pursue a dream. The dream was of a free and independent Bangladesh. In 1971, the Bangalis rose to his call and joined the war of independence against the Pakistan Army. He led the war from thousand miles away as he was put in jail in West Pakistan. He is the creator and architect of Bangladesh. This publication is part of a series paying tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary which is being celebrated as Mujib Borsho (100 Years of Mujib) in Bangladesh.

Mujib: A Nation Rises

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman not only spearheaded the emancipation-movement, but also laid the foundations of a new country “Bangladesh.” Mujib’s journey as a statesman began with the independence of Bangladesh. Mujib quickly picked up the mantle of reconstructing a nation from the ashes left by the Pakistani forces. The publication titled ‘Mujib: A Nation Rises’ provides a glimpse of Mujib’s journey towards rebuilding a new nation. This publication is part of a series paying tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary which is being celebrated as Mujib Borsho (100 Years of Mujib) in Bangladesh.

Policy Café on Job Creation in the Era of COVID-19

CRI organized its 1st online Policy Café on ‘Job Creation in the Era of COVID-19’ on June 24, 2020 to discuss how Bangladesh can tackle the corona induced job loss and provide suggestions to the policymakers. Prominent economist, entrepreneur, private sector practitioner and policy maker attended the event. The panelists stressed on immediate stimulus package disbursement. People leaving urban areas and returning to rural areas have only agriculture sector for employment. They must be entitled to agriculture credits on easy terms, stressed the panelists. They highlighted the necessity of having logical framework while formulating policies and need for strategic monitoring of stimulus package disbursement.

Let’s Talk Held on Rohingya Response and COVID-19

Bangladesh hosts more than 1.1 million forcible displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar residing in 34 camps located across Teknaf and Ukhia upazila in Cox’s Bazar. As Bangladesh fights COVID-19 pandemic, many fear that the Rohingyas living in congested camps might be infected in large numbers; creating a deeper humanitarian crisis. CRI organized online Let’s Talk on ‘Rohingya Response and Covid-19’ on July 5, 2020. Bangladesh Foreign Secretary, UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner attended the discussion which focused on government’s early planning and joint efforts with humanitarian partners to limit the transmission of corona virus in the Rohingya settlements.

India-Bangladesh Partnership in Post Pandemic Economic Recovery

COVID-19 pandemic has enormous impact on the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe. Both Bangladesh and India have been affected and have faced many similar challenges. The shared culture and heritage of the people of Bangladesh and India could be beneficial in terms post-pandemic fast economic recovery. The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and CRI co-hosted a digital roundtable discussion titled ‘India-Bangladesh Partnership in Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery’ on July 25, 2020. The virtual roundtable brought in key stakeholders from India and Bangladesh which focused on new initiatives in foreign and economic policy, employment generation, private-sector partnership.

Bangladesh 1975: Setting the Clock Back

CRI organized a virtual research-based insightful discussion titled ‘Bangladesh 1975: Setting the Clock Back’ on August 20, 2020 to commemorate the brutal assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family and colleagues during the early hours of August 15, 1975. Investigative journalist Lawrence Lifschultz, author Salil Tripathi, academician Nasreen Ahmed, economist Mohammed Farashuddin, journalist Syed Badrul Ahsan joined the discussion. Zafar Sobhan, Editor of Dhaka Tribune moderated the discussion.

Let’s Talk on COVID-19 Recovery: Youth Development

Young Bangla, the youth network of CRI, organized a series of Let’s Talk titled ‘COVID-19 Recovery: Youth Development’ from 4 to 6 September 2020. CRI partnered with Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bangladesh and Jaago Foundation, to organize thematic session and share policy proposals with policymakers on respective. The Let’s Talk series featured five thematic sessions (art and culture, youth-led response and resilience, youth skills and resilience through education, youth health and sports, employment and entrepreneurship) with an opening and concluding plenary. The events were a policy advocacy initiative in shaping the youth development agenda for Bangladesh in the post-COVID-19 era.

Public awareness campaign amid Corona outbreak

Bangladesh has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for almost seven months. Bangladesh government enforced a countrywide lockdown to contain the spread and to mobilize an emergency health response. The government announced a massive stimulus package of USD 12 billion to recover the pandemic induced setback of the economy. Nationwide social security support expansion and stimulating the key sectors of the economy were the core agenda of the strategy. CRI has been engaged in awareness building through its online dissemination, aggregation essential information on policy measures, and virtual mobilization support. Preparing infographic-based e-posters, audio-visual contents, preparing volunteering guidelines, mobilizing its youth network for volunteering and preparing “Corona Bulletins” have been the core features of the campaign.

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