Shin­ing Bangla?

Bangladesh is well on the path to so­cial progress and could very well be­come the next eco­nomic hub of South Asia.

Southasia - - Bangladesh - By Raza Khan

De­spite numer­ous po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic chal­lenges, Bangladesh has at­tained sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of so­cial progress as eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors in­creas­ingly show marked im­prove­ment. So­cial devel­op­ment is so no­tice­able that lead­ing publi­ca­tion, The Econ­o­mist re­cently placed Bangladesh in its cat- egory of “pro­gres­sive” coun­tries. The key in­di­ca­tors of so­cial progress in Bangladesh in­clude marked re­duc­tion in in­fant mor­tal­ity rates and fa­tal­ity ra­tio among chil­dren and women due to mal­nour­ish­ment and im­proper health care.

So­cial progress in Bangladesh has not been the re­sult of eco­nomic growth but has oc­curred rather due to im­prove­ments and in­no­va­tions in so­cial life. The Econ­o­mist points at four fac­tors that in­clude im­prov­ing the sta­tus of women; en­cour­ag­ing a Green Rev­o­lu­tion in the ru­ral ar­eas; sus­tain­able so­cial spend­ing by the state; and ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal growth of non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions (NGOs).

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