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The poverty fighter Didi of Godnail slum

Shabdi D’Costa was in her forties, barely surviving with her three daughters on her husband’s meager Tk 1,800 (US $22) salary, when she took a principled decision that she would find a way out of poverty by taking charge of the family finances. “We barely had enough money to feed and clothe ourselve more

Migrant workers get a ticket to a better life

Ashikur Rahman (36) dreamed of going to abroad to work, but that dream ended badly when just over 4 years ago, he along with a friend paid Tk 200,000 to a recruiting agency. After a few months they learned that the agency had shut down and their money was lost. Late last year when the government ann more

Women take the lead in fighting poverty

Shyamola Begum, 43, knows why she lost her husband. Under the pressures of crippling poverty, with too many mouths to feed, he left their one room shanty in the capital one morning and never came back, she explains. “We came to this city looking for a better life, but my husband Jamal struggled to more

Multi-lingual schools get attendance up in the hill districts

Going to school was never a real possibility for the children in the village of Alutila, a remote hamlet that houses a smattering of villages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Torn by decades of conflict and lacking basic infrastructure, the region had few schools to begin with, and those that did more

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Human Development Report 2013

When developed economies stopped growing during the 2008–2009 financial crisis but developing economies kept on growing, the world took notice. The rise of the South, seen within the developing world as an overdue global rebalancing, has been much commented on since.

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