A perfect match: job fair bridges employers with employees in Bangladesh Collaboration between industries and institutes increase job placement Out of the 2,000 applicants at the job fair, 1,220 received offers. After completing a course on becoming a beautician from the Ahsania Mission Training Center, Sonia Akter wondered how she would use her newfound skills to find employment. Luckily, she attended a job fair organized by STEP and quickly started a ...

Why do smaller countries benefit from greater trade with their neighbors? Quay cranes on docks Sri Lanka. Dominic Sansoni/World Bank “The real end winner of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) is going to be Mexico […]” said then Mexican president Vicente Fox, in 2001. He was referring to Mexico’s gains from trade integration with the USA through NAFTA. Vicente Fox was right. Mexico has continued to make sustained gains ...

Youth Voices: Effects of The Spaghetti Bowl on South Asia-East Asia Trade Relations As part of the organizing team for the South Asian Economics Student’s Meet (SAESM’13) in Lahore, Pakistan, I already had an overview of what it was like to be part of the SAESM family. The idea behind the first annual conference in 2003 was to provide a platform for the South Asian undergraduate students of economics to interact with ...

Corridors for Shared Prosperity: A Case for Replication For those trying to address challenges in global poverty, inclusive businesses offer solutions to some of the world’s most intractable social problems. Business models that create value for the low-income communities are becoming viable - these have been tested, fine-tuned and perfected by some of the finest brains. Once perfected, it makes sense to contextualize and spread these innovations ...

Skilled Women Are Breaking Labor Force Barriers in Bangladesh Dolly owns and runs “Lovely Fashion,” a tailoring shop in Tongi near Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. She is in her mid-twenties and earns around BDT 12,000 (USD 150) a month.  “I work hard. I can support my family to live with dignity in the society,” says Dolly. “Finally I have peace of mind and financial independence.” Dolly working in her tailoring shop

Water, Water Everywhere—and an Island to Live A smiling Mosammet Sukkur Jahan, walks to her thatched home in Datiar Char (shoal) in northern Bangladesh to prepare lunch for her family. While eating, Jahan and her neighbors Sharifa, Amena, and Halima were at ease as flood water rushed around their homes located in the middle of vast Teesta River during August and September 2014. They live on ...

9 New Year Wishes from South Asian Youth Students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in Bhutan expressed their wish for a more integrated South Asia.  Photo by: Rubaiya Murshed After the New Year arrives, most of us have the habit of making New Year resolutions. Whether it is higher salary, promotion, world travel or even weight loss, some of the wishes are ...

Strengthening the Ecosystem to Mainstream Inclusive Businesses “Intelligence and capability are not enough; there must also be the joy of doing something beautiful.” These words by Dr. Venkataswamy tower over us as we enter the flagship Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, and continue to reflect in the staff’s philosophy during our short visit. The Aravind Eye Hospital needs no introduction. Tucked in the remote south ...

Unboxing the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 After the devastating tsunami, the Southern coast road rebuilt with support from the World Bank. Photograph © Chulie de Silva My mother Manel Kirtisinghe encapsulated what the loss of a loved in the tsunami meant, when she wrote in her diary “What you deeply in your heart possess, you cannot lose by death." On 26 Dec. 2004, Prasanna went away leaving ...

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