The two-day international conference on climate change adaptation concluded today (11 July, Thursday) in Dhaka. The Global Commission on Adaptation which was launched in 2018 organised the conference in Dhaka on invitation from the Government of Bangladesh.
I found myself on a long-anticipated journey in 2019. With a black suitcase, a bright pink vest and many questions, an American-Bengali high school girl was heading for the site of an immense international collaboration.
Our search for business inspiration often starts and ends in million-dollar companies, glossy tech start-ups and management books. We often do not know the stories behind the labels closest to us. Behind-the-label narratives are not only found in huge export-oriented ready-made garments factories, but on the streets around us.
Little colourful sanctuaries, shaded by bamboo verandahs, and walls covered in handpainted flowers. 30 tiny children under six years of age laughing, playing, tumbling over each other. The bells of the tambourine, the chanting of tiny voices singing songs. These are Humanitarian Play Labs in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Belal reads the loudest in his class. He is only 12, but has already competed in sports on a national level. He is also one of 1.5 billion people across the world, who live with some form of disability.