I was part of a ``historic’’ moment in Xcaret, on the Mayan Riviera of Mexico, earlier this month. Here representatives of indigenous organizations worldwide had gathered together with government…

Fabio Pittaluga |

The supply of electricity is a necessary ingredient for economic and social development in low income countries. Electricity is considered to be one of the most important services for improving…

Zahid Hussain |

The power supply situation in Bangladesh remains as precarious as ever; with power outages becoming more erratic and load shedding persistently higher than the corresponding months in the previous…

Zahid Hussain |

Vancouver was rated as the most livable city in 2010. Is there any precedent of municipalities rating the livability of their slums? Could a rating of the livability of slums leverage improved…

Mark Ellery |

If you were in Bangladesh in June, you would have found teachers in schools, preachers in mosques, and ads in newspapers, television, loudspeakers and pamphlets, encouraging people to bring in…

Ashok Sarkar |

What is the relationship between education and geological processes? At first glance, some might think: Not much. One concerns the opening and enlightenment of the mind; the other is as old, rock-…

More congestion follows more roads. Photo Copyright of The Daily Star Basic transport economics teaches us that changes in roadway supply have an effect on the change in traffic congestion.…

Zahid Hussain |

Photo Copyright of Jugantor Have you ever tried explaining to non-economists what the consequences of resource misallocation can be for the economy? What will happen if you invest enough in some…

Zahid Hussain |

I moved to Bangladesh 3 years ago with a lot of excitement as I considered it a sort of mini-laboratory for development theory and practice. My task was to oversee the Bangladesh portfolio from a…

Fabio Pittaluga |

After Iraq, South Asia is the second most violent place on earth. Conflict has increased in South Asia during the last decade. Where is conflict concentrated? What can be done about it? Conflict…

Ejaz Ghani, Lakshmi Iyer |