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Submitted by Hassan on

You are absolutely right that the secondary education CCT played a pivotal role in getting gender parity in secondary schools(in fact now there are more girls than boys)and that in turn has been key to improvements in health outcomes. My point was more about the under-emphasis on the role of economic growth in all this. In fact after re-reading the Economist editorial piece I found a line which I would have inserted in the original blog as it is very strange. It reads "Bangladesh has shown that countries can transform the lives of the poorest without having to wait for economic growth" - I don't know who fact checked this but over the past ten years Bangladesh has growth at 6.2% while the IMF WEO shows that 'emerging and developing country' average was 4.6%. So ensuring that we have a balanced view of the determinants of these social outcomes is I think important.