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The Unnayan Onneshan is a progressive think-tank that undertakes research for advancing ideas and building constituencies for social transformation. The Institute advances critical scholarship, promotes inter-disciplinary dialogue and amplifies grassroots perspectives. The public-interest research institute works in collaboration with national partners, international organisations and leading universities.

The Unnayan Onneshan - the Innovators was registered in 2003 as a not-for-profit trust to contribute towards search for solutions to endemic poverty, injustice, gender inequality and environmental degradation at the local, national and global levels. The philosophy, ideas and actions of the organization focus on pluralistic, participatory and sustainable development and seek to challenge the narrow theoretical and policy approaches derived from unitary models of development...

  .:: Latest Media Releases ::.
The Road That Can Be Taken For Growth- Newage 16 dec 2008

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Examining SSC exams success_Newage11Aug2008
 Media Reports on Financing Climate Change Conference 2008
Speakers at the First Environment Conference_Weakness in Financing and Planning in Encountering Climate Change_ProthomAlo 18Aug 2008
Policy is Necessary Before Fund Collection To Fight the Risk of Climate Change shamokal_18 august 2008
UK-Bangla conference on climate change- action plan 'lacks long run vision'_financialexpress_18 august 2008

Bangladesh Can Not Agree to WB Policy to Take Aid as Loan for Fighting Climate Change_ dailynayadiganta _18 august 2008

Govt’s climate change strategy lacks long-term vision, say experts_newage_18 august 2008
Call for national initiative to avail climate finance_ newstoday_18 august 2008

Two Day Long Climate Change Conference Ends_ Responsible Countries Must Grant Aid not Loans to Fight the Situtation_ dailysangram_18 august 2008

Negotiate compensation to face impact of climate change_dailystar_18 august 2008
  Media Feature on Budget Analysis 2007-2008
  Macro Economy Long Term Action Needed to Turn Economy on Track - ProthomAlo 9June2008.
  Current fiscal apprehended to end up with high inflation - ProthomAlo 3June2008.
  Pre- Budget analysis of Unnayan Onneshan suggests to reduce ADP: Inflation rate can reach 8.5% - AmarDesh 3June2008.
  Analysis by Unnayan Onneshan Budget needed to make inflation tolerable - Prothom Alo 2June2008.

  .:: Latest Publications ::.
  Whither Policy Reforms In Education Lessons And Challenges
  Unnayan Onneshan

Unnayan Onneshan has organized a two day conference on education in March 2008. The present Anthology of a total of 19 articles is a subsequent product of the conference. Topics of the anthology relate to colonial and post colonial political issues. It also aims to convert education into a discourse. Policy related issues are also selected to represent a critical analysis of the education policies from the point of proper implementation to meet desirable success.

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  Inflationary trend In Bangladesh
And impact On High Food Commodity Prices

  Unnayan Onneshan

Food grain prices have increased to all time high both at national and international levels since early 2007, causing major social, political, and macroeconomic disruption in many poor economics including Bangladesh. The present study aims to investigate the reasons nationally and internationally- behind the increase in commodity prices, especially, the main food grains e.g. rice and wheat. It goes on further to assess impacts of high commodity prices on the poor producers, wage labourers and consumers in Bangladesh. For that matter, this paper also reviews the present food security position of Bangladesh.

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  Climate Change Policy Paper 2008
  Climate Change as if Development Mattered
A Perspective on Developing Bangladesh Strategy

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  Unnayan Onneshan
Vol-1, issue-1, May’2008

Pathshala is a regular publication of education section of Social Policy Unit, Unnayan Onneshan. Pathshala wants to enhance the existing analysis, discussion and critique on the discourse of neo-liberal education system, questions it and shows its limitation. This issue of Pathshala criticizes the neo-liberal project of reforming primary education of Bangladesh. It shows its limitations and its impact on our education system. It also suggests some policy reforms to achieve a more people oriented education system.
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  Deserting the Sundarbans
  Local People's Perspective on ADB-GEF-Netherlands Funded Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation Project

The Sundarbans Biodiversity Conservation Project (SBCP) was the largest project of its king undertaken by the government of Bangladesh aiming to establish a proper management system for conserving the biological diversity and securing the environmental and biological integrity of the Sundarbans. The US$ 77.3 million project was intended to take place between 1999 and 2006, but the implementing agency and co-funder, the Asian Development Bank suspended the project in September 2003 and cancelled it in January 2005, citing problems with project design, the implementation of some activities, and financial management. This study illustrates that the Asian Development Bank and the Global Environment Fund – the two main funding agencies failed to put in practice their own policies.
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  Resuscitating the Sundarbans
  Customary Use of Biodiversity & Traditional Cultural Practices in Bangladesh

This is an output of collaborative action research actively participated by stakeholders, researchers and experts from home and abroad. It explores the nature of Sundarban Reserve Forest, customary use of its biological resources and related traditional cultural practices followed by the traditional resource users which are compatible to conservation and sustainable utilization. During British Regime in 1878 the Sundarban was declared as Reserve Forest and placed it under full state control ousting the forest peoples. Nearly one and a half century had passed since declaration of Reserve Forest. The approach of exclusive state protection did not able to achieve the desired outcome- either in respect of biodiversity conservation or in respect of people’s livelihood security.
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Primary Education in Bangladesh
  Streams, Disparities and Pathways for Unified System

This study provides an in-depth investigation into the overarching disparities existing in our primary education system through studying input-output linkages in different streams of primary education system and tries to develop clear pathway of linking different steams for a sustainable uniform quality education in Bangladesh. Its perspectives are built around questioning the intrinsic value of education and its outcome in different streams.

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Stakeholder Perceptions on the Aid Effectiveness of Multilateral Organisations
  IFI Watch Bangladesh, Vol.-5, No.- 1 (In Bengali)

This Issue of IFI Watch contains outcome of a study conducted in Bangladesh as well as other five aid recipient countries include Ghana, India, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia under a pilot project of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The study was based on a survey to identify country’s key stakeholders’ views about the performance of multilateral organisations and their preferences for which organisations disburse promised additional aid in future. The six multilateral organisations that have been taken into account are: the Asian Development Bank, the European Commission, the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and the World Bank.
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Coal Policy and Concern over Future Energy Security of Bangladesh
  IFI Watch Bangladesh, Vol.-5, No.-2
(In Bengali & English)

The present caretaker government has been decided to review the draft coal policy again, prepared in December 2007. The government wants to determine mining method according to the geological condition of respective coalmine. Open pit mining will lead to excess production of coal beyond country’s annual demand that will create pressure on the policy makers to give permission of export of coal. In the draft policy it has stated that if there is access production of high grade coking coal it can be exported in the form of coke- a solid material derived from coking coal. But minimum royalty rate has not been fixed in the draft policy. This issue of IFI Watch analyses the coal policy and offers some suggestion from people’s point of view.
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The Role of IMF in Policy Making in Bangladesh

Unnayan Onneshan has organized a round table discussion on “The Role of IMF in Policy Making in Bangladesh” at CIRDAP auditorium on 20th October, 2007. Md. Iqbal Ahmed presented a paper on the issue. Ahmed showed the effect of IMF policies with empirical data and ended with questioning its role.
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  A Rapid Assessment

The budget for the fiscal 2008-09 coincides with a heavy down pour in the day of announcement, with a simmering heat wave during its preparation. The budget, economic manifestation of political mandate, lands in by a non-political government, in the backdrop of a chaos created by feuding political parties. It times up with G8 leaders’ heads in the sand of poverty, hegemony and protest at seaside summit in Germany. The budget keeps up with the continuity of liberalisation, privatisation and deregulation of successive governments.
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Report Summary in Bangla