ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bangladesh's Achievements in Social Development Indicators

As the gains of Bangladesh from low-cost solutions are reaped, this analysis warns that further progress may increasingly depend on higher public social spending and an improvement in service delivery systems. Further, reductions in child and maternal mortality will require more expensive interventions and the provision of relatively costly health services. While remarkable progress has been made in school enrolment, especially for girls, there are serious concerns now about the quality of education.

Economic Transformation and Social Development in Bangladesh

Bangladesh embarked on structural adjustment towards the mid-1980s and in the following decade, its economic performance notably improved. To consolidate this progress on economic and social fronts, Bangladesh needs to strengthen its institutions of economic and political governance. The following collection of 12 papers sheds light on some important aspects of the economic transformation and social development taking place in Bangladesh.

Macroeconomic Management

This paper examines Bangladesh's macroeconomic performance in the light of market-oriented liberalising policy reforms. By looking at the trends in fiscal, external and investment-savings balances, it analyses how, despite falling inflows of foreign aid, Bangladesh achieved macroeconomic stabilisation and an acceleration of economic growth in the 1990s. The paper concludes that for consolidating the transition from stabilisation to growth, improvements are needed in many areas such as revenue mobilisation, the efficiency of the financial system and the overall investment environment.
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