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