Oct 12, 2022 | Issue 23



1975 Bangladesh and the World: A Grand Reform, A Carnage

CRI hosted a virtual discussion event titled “1975 Bangladesh and the World: A Grand Reform, A Carnage” on 19 August 2022. Every year, CRI brings evidence-based analytical discussion regarding the ramifications of ‘1975 Bangladesh,’ when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with his family members were brutally assassinated. Economist Mashiur Rahman, author and historian Sudeep Chakravarti and researcher Maliha Ahmed joined the discussion moderated by Professor Shams Rahman, RMIT University, Australia. The discussion covered topics including geo-political situation in early 1970s globally and in post-war Bangladesh, Mujib’s socio-economic reform agenda, the diplomatic efforts for Bangladesh’s recognition and the historical forces that led to the assassinations. The event was livestreamed on the social media outlets of CRI, and other print and electronic media. Watch the program here .

9th issue of policy magazine ‘WhiteBoard’ released

The 9th issue of policy magazine ‘WhiteBoard’ released in September 2022 covers a range of policy areas that can help Bangladesh grow in time of global uncertainty. Economist Mustafizur Rahman presents a comprehensive analysis of Bangladesh’s external borrowing and provides some key recommendations for the future. Sonny Leong writes how re-skilling and re-education are essential in creating a modern workforce. Nazmul Avi Hossain seeks the answer of why is higher education not leading to jobs for young people. Mehrin Karim looks at how investing in social protection has helped Bangladesh reduce poverty. Tarana Halim makes a strong case for an overhaul of the legal framework governing the creative industries. And Shariful Islam charts out a course for Bangladesh to ensure peace and prosperity in the Bay of Bengal. Read.

Publication: Bangladesh Infrastructure and Power

Infrastructure building has been one of the key agendas of Bangladesh’s development vision in the period since 2009. The country witnessed an accelerated growth of the transport sector in the past two-decades. Connectivity is among the top reasons for Bangladesh’s economic transformation from rural-agro base to urban-industrial base. The country’s industrialization agenda has been propelled by the power and energy policies. It has achieved 100% electrification in 2022, which is a true milestone for a rural-riverine country. In this backdrop, CRI released the publication - Bangladesh Infrastructure and Power in September 2022. This publication looks at the major development plans and infrastructure projects under different sectors, along with their implementation challenges and impacts.

Let’s Talk on Green Transition

CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla organized its signature “Let’s Talk” program, this time on the theme “Green Transition,” on 4 August 2022 at Independent University, Bangladesh. Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and Trustee, CRI; Waseqa Ayesha Khan MP, Chair, Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources; Dr. Mohammad Tamim, professor of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineering, BUET; Rebecca Sultana, President and Founder, Youth Environment and Social Development Society (YESDS) were the panelists. Climate literacy, green life skills, responsible consumption of natural resources, power and energy policy framework, energy mix, energy security, future of electric vehicles, renewable energy policy, energy security, exploration of untapped deep-sea mineral resources were the topics discussed in the Let’s Talk. Watch the programhere.

Let’s Talk on Cashless Economy

The Let’s Talk on Cashless Economy was held on 18 September 2022 at Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University (HSTU). Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP, State Minister for ICT Division; Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP, Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sadequa Sejuti, Cofounder, Amar Desh Amar Gram and Tanjiba Rahman, Chairman, Bangladesh Freelancer Development Society were the panelists of the event. More than 250 youth participants from the HSTU campus, the Young Bangla network, and other educational institutions participated in this interactive event. Watch the program here.

Policy Café on Women’s Safety in Public Places

CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla in collaboration with UNDP Bangladesh and Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission organized a Policy Café on Women’s Safety in Public Places on 8 August 2022. Anisul Huq MP, Minister, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs; Atiqul Islam, Mayor, Dhaka North City Corporation; Nasima Begum, Chairman, NHRC; A B M Amin Ullah Nuri, Secretary; Road, Transport and Highway Division; Amena Begum, DIG of Bangladesh Police and Van Nguyen, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP joined the Policy Café as distinguished speakers. Youth campaigners, policymakers, civil society representatives and law enforcement agency members discussed on necessary policy reform to address gender-based violence and women’s safety issue in public places. The event was part of the “Women’s Safety in Public Places Campaign” conducted jointly by Young Bangla, UNDP and National Human Rights Commission. Watch the programhere.

CRI-Young Bangla to host Joy Bangla Youth Award 2022

Young Bangla, the youth platform of CRI, is going to host the sixth edition of Joy Bangla Youth Award (JBYA) in 2022. The application window was opened from 20 July 2022 to 31 August 2022. More than 600 youth led organizations applied this year. Trough JBYA, Young Bangla recognizes young changemakers’ effort and contribution to the society and country. It also provides youth a platform to connect with policymakers and leading young change makers.

Youth Employability Program (YEP) 2022 orientation held at Power Division

Under Young Bangla’s flagship Youth Employability Program (YEP), a cohort of 50 interns will be placed in different departments and divisions of Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MoPEMR). An orientation program was held on 11 August at Power Division. Young Bangla launched this internship program in 2015.

Special screenings of “Hasina: A Daughter's Tale”

One of the CRI’s historical projects, docufilm “Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale” was screened internationally and also on different national TV channels. During July-September 2022, the docufilm was screened in Brunei, Delhi, Greece, and The Hague. Special screenings were held in Premier University, Chittagong and Independent University, Bangladesh. The docufilm was screened on several national TV channels on 17 and 21 August 2022.

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