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27 Jan 2015 description
report World Bank

DHAKA, January 26, 2014 – The Government of Bangladesh today signed a $375 million financing agreement with the International Development Association (IDA) for the Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project. IDA is the World Bank’s concessional arm that helps the world’s poorest countries.

25 Jan 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Ruma Paul

DHAKA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - At least 34 people have died in Bangladesh and scores have been injured, most of them in firebomb attacks, amid rising political unrest fuelled by a stand-off between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the main opposition leader.

The renewed political turmoil could cause a delay in shipments by the country's $24-billion garment industry, already under pressure after a string of fatal accidents.

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23 Jan 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is helping communities in Bangladesh protect themselves against a changing climate.

Islamic Relief has begun a project in SallaUpazilla, in Sunamgonj, in north eastern Bangladesh, to plan and deliver climate resilient development at a local level.

The area, which is mostly marshland, has felt the impact of a changing climate, becoming like an island in the rainy season and a desert in the dry season.

21 Jan 2015 description

Why does Counterpart invest in leadership development? Because passion and vision, with the right tools and resources, can create lasting change for generations.

In Mymensingh Sadar, Bangladesh, students entering middle school have to take enrollment exams. And yet, with the only elementary school more than two miles away and too far for children to walk, many of the children from this community received no primary education and were unprepared for the exam, causing many to not enroll in middle school.

21 Jan 2015 description

One leader learns to mobilize others to create an informational network that can now be activated on any issue of community concern.

In the 1990s, the government in Moharjapur, Bangladesh partnered with nonprofits to test the water in local wells for arsenic. The solution was to paint the wells green (safe) or red (unsafe).

20 Jan 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Chapter 1: Introduction

19 Jan 2015 description

Transform Nutrition, a five year multi-country project in which icddr,b is a partner, aims to accelerate progress and improve nutrition outcomes in developing countries by fillingl existing knowledge gaps, mobilising stakeholders across sectors and ensuring prioritisation of nutrition in development policy.

19 Jan 2015 description

During the 20th century, millions of people were forced to flee their homes in what is now Bangladesh. They were displaced both within the territory and to neighbouring areas by different triggers. As of January 2015, IDMC estimates that at least 431,000 people were displaced in the country as a result of conflict and violence. Information on their number and situation is limited, contested and outdated, however, with little known about the scale of new displacement in 2014.

15 Jan 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Multipurpose disaster centers have been identified as high priority intervention for the disaster prone coastal districts in Bangladesh to build long term disaster resiliency.

  • The Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project (MDSP) will benefit 14 million people living near the coastal areas living in the front line of climate change.

14 Jan 2015 description

The situation A devastating fire broke out at a slum at Katasur of Mohammadpur area in Dhaka at around 08:15hr of 11 January 2015, reported two children dead1 and more than 500 shanties burnt. This is the second fire in the slum since 1998. The 1998’s fire reduced the slum to a smaller one. There are other similar recent fire incidents2,3,4 involving slums and/or commercial buildings in the country:

  • March 2014 in Dhaka with no casualties

  • September 2013 in Nandipara with 3 people injured

08 Jan 2015 description

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Government of Bangladesh today (8 January) signed a project agreement to provide health, water, sanitation and hygiene services and related information materials in two districts of Cox’s Bazar.

The Government’s endorsement of the three-year, USD 18 million project, allows IOM to provide much needed humanitarian assistance to Undocumented Myanmar Nationals and vulnerable host communities in the coastal city located at the south-eastern tip of Bangladesh bordering Myanmar.

08 Jan 2015 description

On December 9, an oil tanker accident in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh led to the release of approximately 350,000 litres of heavy fuel oil into the river and mangrove ecosystem. The responsible shipping company estimated that 68,000 litres had been recovered, based on payment records to local communities. The response to the accident was led by the Forest Department of the Ministry of Environment and Forests with the help of local communities.

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

05 Jan 2015 description

Bangkok, Thailand | Monday 1/5/2015 - 12:31 GMT

More than 50 migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, have been held in southern Thailand after authorities acting on a tip-off stopped trucks smuggling them through the country, a local official said Monday.

Of the 53 people held, 37 are believed to be from the Rohingya minority, with the remainder from Bangladesh -- a source of increasing numbers of migrants arriving on Thai shores.

05 Jan 2015 description

PHILIPPINES

Tropical Storm Jangmi formed in the east of Mindanao on 28 Dec, intensifying as it made landfall in Hinatuan municipality, Surigao del Sur province (Region XIII), on 29 Dec. The storm made a total of five landfalls and then weakened into a low pressure area as it passed south of Palawan and exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the early morning of 2 Jan. Jangmi affected about 486,900 people across seven regions (IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and XIII). The death toll stands at 54 with 40 injured and 7 missing.

04 Jan 2015 description

On its return to Dhaka after a six-day visit to the Sundabans, the UN-Bangladesh Mission shared its findings with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), and the media, on Thursday 31 December 2014.

While the experts termed the oil spill incident as ‘representing a serious wake-up call’, the team members thought it had also provided an excellent knowledge-sharing opportunity to strengthen national oil spill preparedness and response capacity moving forward.

01 Jan 2015 description

Policy analysts and researchers need to be aware, while making policy recommendations, of the political feasibility of their suggestions. At the same time, the policymakers need to be aware of the extent of the loss in economic efficiency that may be involved in policy choices designed to meet their political objectives. The range of political considerations affecting policy formulation is wide depending on the sectors and the particular circumstances of a country.