Will the IPCC Special Report inspire action?

Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Special Report (SR 1.5) which paints a dire picture – reminding us that global warming is taking place at a rapid rate and its environmental impacts are already being felt by fragile eco-systems. The report warns us that the world is at risk of losing …

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It’s time to seriously consider a carbon tax in Bangladesh

Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Special Report (SR 1.5) that paints a dire picture – mean global temperature has increased by over 1-degree centigrade over pre-industrial levels (mid-1800s). It calls for a global commitment to action towards capping the temperature increase at 1.5 degrees, which it says has to be …

Does India’s health system really have the capacity to implement Modi’s mega health scheme?

by Radha Khan & Suvojit Chattopadhyay The Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or PMJAY is one of the most ambitious promises ever made to the people of India. Yet, as with every large promise that is made to the people of India, the state has to be held to even higher standards …

The case for environmental fiscal reforms in Bangladesh

with Dr. Sadiq Ahmed (Vice-Chairman, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh) ** The 2041 Perspective Plan seeks to transform Bangladesh from lower middle income to an upper middle-income country by 2031 and eventually to a high-income country by 2041. These are highly ambitious but laudable targets.  If the government is serious about achieving or even approaching …

The BJP is all-powerful at the moment, and it has come at the cost of India’s ‘state capacity’

One can argue that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, the Bharatiya Janata Party has reached the zenith of its powers. The absolute majority in Parliament, and the control of states that account for over 60% of the population of India, an increasing control over the media and intellectual establishments – all of …

Is the development sector succumbing to the ‘attribution’ pressure?

Without a doubt, there is pressure on aid agencies to 'demonstrate' what they have achieved (results), and further, whether these results have been achieved in a cost-effective manner (value for money). 'Theories of change' are constructed to strip away the fluff and depict attributable causal chains. In the process, some of these agencies sometimes face …