Bangladesh: A Victim of Global Inequities
Published on Fri, 2016-06-10 15:11
Since the 1990s, when democracy was reinstated, Bangladesh has been able to make some extraordinary achievements. The poverty rate was 57 percent in 1991 and was reduced to 31.5 percent in 2010, enrolment in primary education reached 98 per cent and girls slightly outnumber boys in schools. But budget allocations to health and social security are far from enough, corruption and illicit financial flows divert resources and climate change is set to produce more physical damage in Bangladesh by 2025 than in any other country. Rising sea levels, severe storms and other extreme climate-related events are going to produce millions of "climate refugees" in a country that has not contributed to generate this phenomenon and is not receiving compensation for enormous loss and damages.
Source: Bangladesh National Report, Social Watch Report 2016.