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Protecting Bangladesh's migrant labourers
Construction workers
S. Torfinn / Panos Pictures
This 4th edition of the Protifolon series sheds light on important reforms and actions concerning labour migration from Bangladesh. It is clear that the government has undertaken serious reforms in certain areas but new areas are constantly emerging. The government may consider declaring 2012-2021 the decade of migration and undertake necessary policies and programmes to face the emerging challenges in the migration sector and to promote safe labour migration from Bangladesh.

Latest Documents

Fighting corruption in South Asia: building accountability
Transparency International, 2014
Hardly a speech is delivered in South Asia without mention of the need to fight corruption in the region. Yet despite the lofty promises, corruption is on the rise. This report shows how a serious lack of political will on the part of...
Women’s vulnerability to climatic and non-climatic change in the Eastern Gangetic Plains
International Water Management Institute, 2014
Previous findings from IWMI’s research conducted in Madhubani, Bihar, India, and in Dhanusha and Morang of the Nepal Terai (Madhesh) were taken to substantiate previous literature on the region by showing how men and women are d...
Are trees buffering ecosystems and livelihoods in agricultural landscapes of the Lower Mekong Basin? Consequences for climate-change adaptation
M. Ha Hoang; M. van Noordwijk; J. Fox / World Agroforestry Centre, 2014
This working paper analyses 1) the impacts of continuing land-use and climate changes in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) region; and 2) the potential role of increased use of trees in agricultural landscapes to reduce the negative impact...
Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment – a survey instrument for the Hindu Kush Himalayas
J. Gerlitz; S. Banerjee; B. Hoermann / International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, 2014
This publication describes the development and application of ICIMOD’s Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment (PVA), a household survey tool designed to capture key elements of poverty, vulnerability, and adaptive capacity in moun...
Barriers to infrastructure service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
Evidence on Demand, 2014
In Africa, spending on infrastructure falls $30 to $48 billion short of estimates of the spending needed for sustained inclusive economic growth. This spending shortfall is manifest in poor access to services. For example, about two-t...
Regional cooperation for infrastructure development: towards an institutional framework for investment in the IOR - ARC
S.K. Mohanty; P. Dash / Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2013
Infrastructure plays a key role in promoting economic growth and development. Infrastructure is considered as a priority sector for investment in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC). Due to low domestic...
Convergence on Nutrition in Agricultural Systems of Innovation: Concepts and Methods, with Examples from Pakistan
M. Loevinsohn; R. Mehmood / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2014
The paper first briefly sketches the origins of the system of innovation (SoI) concept and the need it was seen to fulfil in agriculture. It then illustrates the different ways it has been employed as a framework to explain how change...
What works in secondary education
Health and Education Advice and Resource Team, 2013
This Helpdesk report looks at what works in secondary education, with examples fromAsia and Africa.  In particular it focuses on on four areas: quality (focusing on teacher training): this section discusses topics ...
Methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of a new farming model to promote nutrition
S. Nagarajan; R.V. Bhavani; M.S. Swaminathan / Current Science, 2014
Despite impressive gains in agricultural production and greater availability of food many people in India suffer from undernutrition. Improvements in total agricultural production that lead to greater access to nutritious food could h...
Urban poverty in Asia
Asian Development Bank, 2014
Urbanisation is a positive factor in growth and poverty reduction. Country experiences are generally consistent with the view that a rising share of the population living in urban areas plays a positive role in overall poverty reducti...
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