Energy cooperation in South Asia: prospects and challenges

Reliable energy supply is needed to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth. This paper assesses the barriers to regional energy cooperation in South Asia Growth focusing particularly on Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. The paper finds that the barriers to stronger regional energy cooperation and trade are economic, political and social in nature. In.. Read More

Dynamics of land use/cover changes and the analysis of landscape fragmentation in Dhaka Metropolitan, Bangladesh

Rapid urban expansion due to large scale land use/cover change, particularly in developing countries becomes a matter of concern since urbanization drives environmental change at multiple scales. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has been experienced break-neck urban growth in the last few decades that resulted many adverse impacts on the environment. This paper was an.. Read More


Energy poverty in rural Bangladesh

Energy poverty is a well-established concept among energy and development specialists. International development organizations frequently cite energy-poverty alleviation as a necessary condition to reduce income poverty. Several approaches used to measure energy poverty over the past 20 years have defined the energy poverty line as the minimum quantity of physical energy needed to perform such.. Read More

Global Climate Risk Index 2011:

Less developed countries are generally more affected by the impacts of weather-related events than industrialised countries, according to the 2011 Climate Risk Index (CRI). The Global Climate Risk Index 2011 analyses the extent to which countries have been affected by storms, floods, heat waves and other weather induced occurrences using data collected during the 1990-2009.. Read More


Participatory scenario development approaches for identifying pro-poor adaptation options

Participatory scenario development (PSD) is a process that involves the participation of stakeholders to explore the future in a creative and policy-relevant way. The International Institute for Sustainable Development designed and implemented two sets of PSD workshops in Mozambique, Ghana, and Bangladesh and remote assisted workshops in Ethiopia. As a result, this report presents the.. Read More

Assessing Long-term Impacts of Vulnerabilities on Crop Production Due to Climate Change in the Coastal Areas of Bangladesh

People living in different coastal areas of Bangladesh have been suffering from lack of food security. There are many reasons behind that such as lower crop productivity and less cropping intensity due to increased salinity, increased incidences of pests & diseases, erratic rainfall, higher temperature, drought, tidal surges, cyclone, submergence,large fallow lands/water bodies, land degradation,.. Read More


Exploring the feasibility of private micro flood insurance provision in Bangladesh

This paper aims to contribute to the debate on the feasibility of the provision of micro flood insurance as an effective tool for spreading disaster risks in developing countries and examines the role of the institutional–organisational framework in assisting the design and implementation of such a micro flood insurance market. In Bangladesh, a private insurance.. Read More

Resource degradation and livelihood in the coastal region of Bangladesh

A study was conducted in four selected upazilas under four coastal districts through participatory rural appraisal (PRA), household survey and monitoring, sampling, focal group discussions, personal interview, onfarm field visits, institutional consultations, and secondary information. The investigation revealed that the valuable natural resources of the whole region are at the verge of serious degradation. Various.. Read More


Modernizing Bangladesh public administration through e-governance: Benefits and challenges

More and more public administration emphasizes how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be used to support transformational change in governmental functions globally to achieve efficiency and cost-effective service delivery to citizens. Bangladesh public administration employs energies to achieve this goal. Experience in some developing countries has shown that e-governance can improve transparency which leads.. Read More

Swimming against the Tide: Why a Climate Change Displacement Treaty is Not the Answer

Drawing on field work in Tuvalu, Kiribati and Bangladesh, this article argues that advocacy for a new treaty to address climate change-related movement is presently misplaced for a number of reasons. The article does not deny the real impacts that climate change is already having on communities, nor that migration is a normal adaptive response.. Read More