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By Naomi Hossain

"From an unpromising commence as 'the basket-case' to provide day plaudits for its human improvement achievements, Bangladesh performs an ideological position within the modern international order, providing evidence that the neo-liberal improvement version works less than the main checking out stipulations. How have been such speedy earnings attainable in a context of chronically vulnerable governance? the help Lab topics this so-called 'Bangladesh paradox' to Read more...


the quantity explains why Bangladesh's achievements owe as a lot to its family political payment as to its function because the world's relief lab. Read more...

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I often misunderstand things because my Bangla is rough, but people are always happy to correct me. I expect they will continue to do so after they have read The Aid Lab. On the title: most people dislike it. I do myself. But the story I am telling here is not a pretty one. I have called it The Aid Lab despite very good alternative suggestions because of the difficult fact at the core of the narrative: that Bangladesh’s development history—indeed, its very existence—hinged upon its precarious and clientelistic relation to (chiefly) western aid donors.

For Bangladesh, global connections and global perceptions matter a great deal. 10 When aid officials and diplomats come to Bangladesh they seek not minerals or land or geopolitical advantage, but to demonstrate that the social, economic, and political model they promote works. The country’s greatest product is ideational, an idea of Bangladesh. The key point here is that external intervention in this misbegotten Malthusia has been motivated by something close to altruism. It is the gift of the scientist who wants to learn the truth, the visionary that desires to share her vision—not of the colonialist grabbing your wealth.

All of this presented a threat to the authority and capacity of the new regime, even while popular expectations of the new government were high. 4 The Basket Case Few nations have been born with such unpromising prospects. Bangladesh found no friends among the powerful nations during its bloody liberation struggle, and support was slow to emerge even once nationhood was achieved (with India’s reluctant intervention). It now seems difficult to imagine that a territorially split state straddling 1,000 miles of its main military enemy was ever thought viable, but there was nothing inevitable about the break-up of united Pakistan (see, in particular, Raghavan 2013).

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