Oct 04, 2023 | Issue 26



Accelerating Universal Health Coverage: Towards Smart Bangladesh

Centre for Research and Information (CRI) and WhiteBoard co-hosted a high-level event titled “Accelerating Universal Health in Bangladesh: Towards Smart Bangladesh” with Chatham House, UNICEF, WHO, and Shuchona Foundation in Dhaka on 11th May 2023. It was an open-floor ideation session with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chatham House Commission for Universal Health Co-chair Helen Clark to chart out Bangladesh’s health-for-all policy priority. It generated a fresh cross-sectoral momentum towards ensuring universal healthcare.

Hasina: The Statecraft

Sheikh Hasin, a seasoned statesperson and a South Asian stalwart, is the longest-serving prime minister of Bangladesh. She is an avid policymaker where she adopted the principle of “leaving no one behind.” Her policymaking is geared to turn Bangladesh into a progressive country with a strong social welfare system. This CRI publication elaborates how Bangladesh under her leadership went from “being one of the poorest nations” at birth in 1971 to achieving a developing country status in 2021.

Booklet publication on Padma Bridge

Bangladesh’s largest self-financed megastructure Padma Bridge was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 25, 2022. The bridge catalyzes development in southwestern region of the country, which was previously considered a ‘backward area,’ due to low economic progress. With increased development activities, over 30 million people of the region are reaping economic and social benefits. This booklet provides a brief account of how the bridge is playing a key role in boosting agriculture, industrialization, trade, and services in the southwestern region.

WhiteBoard Issue 12 and 13: Shaping Bangladesh's policy landscape

In response to Bangladesh's evolving demographic landscape and the imperative of harnessing its youthful potential for economic progress by 2041, these two consecutive issues of WhiteBoard delve into critical policy considerations. The 12th issue, Base-up Growth (June 2023) addresses unforeseen challenges necessitating a comprehensive societal policy approach, exploring topics such as wildlife conservation, community tourism, green finance, renewable energy, health data utilization, and trade reforms while pondering the strategic molding of the country's future. The 13th issue, Rethinking Youth Policies (September 2023) focuses on reevaluating youth-oriented policies, emphasizing the importance of integrating youth perspectives into policy-making. It covers topics such as child marriage, labor force and social security integration, poverty assessment, climate change mitigation through international legal mechanisms, and the role of global alliances in shaping Bangladesh's trajectory.

Internship policy gets Cabinet’s approval

CRI’s sustained policy advocacy met success through the approval of intern-placements in government offices. CRI has been at the center of a policy advocacy campaign in helping the government formulate the policy. Since 2016, CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla has facilitated different government organizations take-in fresh graduates as interns. This new policy will ultimately help implement an across-the-government internship program. It will also be a boost to the country’s skill upgradation targets.

2nd edition of “Women’s Safety in Public Places” campaign kicks off with a roadshow

CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla, in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, SBK Foundation, Shakti Foundation, and Travelettes Of Bangladesh organized a roadshow to promote “Women's Safety in Public Places” through a symbolic bike ride, aiming to raise awareness, engage communities, and prevent sexual harassment while involving both men and women in the cause. Over 50 women riders made some stopovers, partnering with street drama artists to amplify the message of Women's Safety in Public Places.

Bangladesh 1975: Derailing the Founding Vision

On August 19, 2023, CRI hosted a webinar titled "Bangladesh 1975: Derailing the Founding Vision," as part of a series focusing on Bangladesh's early days and the impact of the assassination of its founding father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The event featured a panel of experts including Abdunrohman Mukem, a researcher from Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University; Biman Mullick, an artist and social activist, based in London; and Makhduma Nargis, women rights activist, Dhaka. Nadia Choudhury, human rights advocate moderated the session. Discussions delved into Mujib's nation-building efforts and his vision for a progressive Bangladesh, which was thwarted by subsequent military regimes after his 1975 assassination.

Let’s Talk Series: A chronicle of engaging dialogues

Within the invigorating span from May to September 2023, Young Bangla meticulously hosted a series of 'Let's Talk' events, each unfolding a different thematic canvas of discussion. The 44th Let’s Talk session on May 16 beckoned discussions around “International Relations and Economy.” Following closely, on May 31, the 45th session was dedicated to disentangling the intricate threads of “Education and Culture.” The next to session unfolded on the 6th and 19th of June, with spotlight on the vital themes of “Disaster Management and Resilience” and the multifaceted entity of “Dhaka”, respectively. On July 12, the 48th session facilitated discussion centering the topic of “Blue and White Revolution”. Whereas, “Global Economy and Crisis” was the topic of the 49th session held on September 5. Lastly, the series reached a milestone with the 50th event on September 14, encapsulating insightful deliberations on “Energy and Finance,” featuring Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister of the Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources and Celia Shahnaz, Professor, Department of EEE at BUET and vibrant participation of three-hundred plus the youth.

Young Bangla gears up to host Joy Bangla Youth Awards 2023

The Joy Bangla Youth Award (JBYA) is a flagship initiative of Young Bangla to recognize and connect the young change makers of Bangladesh. The JBYA is a recognition acknowledging the untold stories and contributions of young achievers and leaders of all over the country from an array of fields. With a vision to find out the young achievers across the county, portray their untold success stories before the nation and untie them under one platform, CRI-Young Bangla is inviting application from potential personnel. The application gateway is open till 10 October.

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