September 20, 2018

Managing rumours in the Rohingya camps

Some said the children would die if they were given diphtheria vaccination. Some said they would become Christians if they took the shot. Others said women are not allowed to go out with their children for vaccinations, while some feared they would be reborn as a non-Muslim if they died after being vaccinated.
September 11, 2018

The digital specialists breaking the last taboo

Maya Apa, a digital wellbeing assistant, is re-inventing the way people from all walks of life access specialist advice on health, lifestyle and legal matters. It combines AI and real doctors to connect users to experts. 
September 5, 2018

Give credit to a woman – and you uplift her family

Access to finance – be that credit, or savings, is a universal need. People living in poverty are disproportionately excluded from the formal financial system. Access to finance is particularly difficult for women in Bangladesh with 64% of women left out of formal financial services.
September 4, 2018
BLOG Urban

Can Dhaka be the next start-up hub of South Asia?

The speed of innovation is changing the definition of “possible” every day, and even though some people think that the start-up culture is overhyped, I believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel of Bangladesh’s start-up ecosystem.
 
 
EDITOR'S PICKS
August 12, 2018
BLOG Youth

Young people thrive when they have safe spaces

On International Youth Day this year, we focus on the need for safe spaces for young people. Safe spaces can be civic, public, digital or physical spaces where young people can participate in key decisions and express themselves with dignity and safety.
August 7, 2018
BLOG Health

Garment factories embrace breastfeeding

Globally, only 38% of mothers breastfeed exclusively, giving their babies nothing but breastmilk for the first six months. The figure is higher in Bangladesh, at 55%. But it is still not high enough. Exclusive breastfeeding is crucial for a baby’s healthy development. Aside from cultural traditions, and lack of knowledge, the need to work is also an influencing factor.
July 31, 2018

Creating sustainable deathtraps

Living in Dhaka is a challenge, no matter who you are. Traffic is manic, there are motorcyclists cruising the footpaths and people are forced to walk on the streets. There are no designated bus lanes and no bus stops. The roads are home to everything and everyone. Buses, cars, rickshaws, CNGs and people coexist in a situation where anything can happen at any time.
July 2, 2018
BLOG Health

2+6=17? Leveraging water & sanitation for nutrition

Undernutrition is an important and sensitive marker for poverty. It is caused by a variety of factors, with inadequate and unbalanced food being just one.
June 28, 2018

How BRAC uses field data for continuous improvement

When BRAC, one of the world’s largest NGOs, tried to digitize its paper-based record system to improve decision making and provide continuous improvement for its skills development programme in Bangladesh, it hit a wall.
June 12, 2018

Weapons of mass pathogen destruction: Health workers combat TB and malaria

In 2016, TB claimed the lives of 1.3 million people across the world. Four million cases of TB have been undocumented or not reported. One of the bizarre features of TB is that it remains inactive, producing no symptoms, for long periods of time.