Dr. Kurien – a doyen of our times

Today is the 96th birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien. In many ways, Dr. Kurien changed our lives - the milk supply that we take for granted in Indian cities, Amul - a brand that invokes instant and affectionate recognition, and institutions that he built in his image - Anand Milk Union Limited, Gujarat Cooperative …

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Bangladesh needs a ‘green’ growth strategy

This column was co-authored with Dr. Sadiq Ahmed, and was first published by The Daily Star *** As one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, Bangladesh continues to experience sustained economic growth underpinned by macroeconomic stability and strong domestic demand. The country has been growing at an annual average rate of 6 percent …

Demonetisation: where is the Prestige?

We are close to completing a full year since the monumental misadventure called Demonetisation was unleashed upon an unsuspecting nation. Actually, demonetisation was just the starkest episode in a series of political stunts that Narendra Modi has pulled off. A quick recap:We are close to completing a full year since the monumental misadventure called Demonetisation …

How can Bangladesh access a larger slice of the climate finance pie?

This column was first carried by Dhaka Tribune ***   The promotion of ‘green growth’ – growth that aims to minimise negative environmental impacts of economic growth engines of a country – requires substantial financial commitment. The G20 Green Finance Study Group defines green finance as “…financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the …

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

Without a doubt, there is pressure on development 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 …