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Protecting Bangladesh's migrant labourers
Construction workers
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This 4th edition of the Protifolon series sheds light on important reforms and actions concerning labour migration from Bangladesh. It is clear that the government has undertaken serious reforms in certain areas but new areas are constantly emerging. The government may consider declaring 2012-2021 the decade of migration and undertake necessary policies and programmes to face the emerging challenges in the migration sector and to promote safe labour migration from Bangladesh.

Latest Documents

Unlocking the Doha impasse: imperative of a balanced Bali Package
B. hatterjee; A. Jatkar 2013
This paper argues that while the Doha Round is deadlocked, there is still a possibility that the WTO members will be able to reach an agreement on specific issues. The paper discusses three possible areas of convergence: agriculture, ...
Trade and exchange rates: effects of exchange rate misalignments on tariffs
V. Thorstensen; E. Marçal; L. Ferraz 2013
The genesis of the GATT and IMF in 1940s created a clear line between the GATT and IMF: one was to be responsible for trade liberalisation, and the other for exchange-rate. The current paper argues that this artificial construction cr...
Geneva consensus for trade multilateralism: a relook at the eighth Millennium Development Goal – Global Partnership for Development
P.S. Mehta; B. Chatterjee; R.S. Kaukab 2013
Trade multilateralism is in crisis. The current paper reveals that part of the reason for this crisis is lack of recognition that the center of gravity of economic activities are shifting towards the east. On the other hand, th...
Environmental sustainability challenges in cotton value chain: how is India responding to these challenges?
P.C. Jena 2013
Promotion of environmentally-sustainable cotton has emerged as a major policy concern globally. This paper sheds light on the role of Indian government policy to ensure delivery of better and sustainable cotton production and consumpt...
Ensuring access to rare earths: are WTO disciplines on export restrictions enough?
V. Johnson 2013
Global supply of rare earths (REs) has been inhibited by China’s policies which prohibit/limit exports, which have been purportedly undertaken with salutary objectives like mineral conservation and public health. This paper cons...
Unhappily ever after: Slow and uneven progress in the fight against early marriage
C. Harper; N. Jones; E. Presler-Marshall; D. Walker / Overseas Development Institute, 2014
Nearly one-third of girls in developing countries marry before adulthood. Given the developing world’s ‘youth bulge’, this means that in absolute numbers it is likely that more girls are at risk of early marriage now...
Climate change, food security and trade linkages in South Asia
R.K. Jha; N.K. Singh 2013
This briefing paper examines the linkages between climate change, food security and trade in South Asia. The paper clarifies that the South Asian region is particularly vulnerable to climate change owing to overly utilisation o...
Global Trends in Child Marriage
M.C. Nguyen; Q. Wodon / World Bank, 2012
Child marriage remains highly prevalent today, with a global estimate of one in three women aged 20–24 marrying before the age of 18. Precise estimates for middle- and low-income countries are even higher at 40%. Chil...
Opportunities and challenges in rice seeds trade between India and Bangladesh
N. Jain 2013
This paper focuses on understanding the potential benefits which rice seeds trade between India and Bangladesh can bring in order to address challenges of availability and accessibility of quality rice seeds by increasing the supply i...
Assessing the costs of climate change and adaptation in South Asia
M. Ahmed; S. Suphachalasai / Asian Development Bank, 2014
This report predicts significant economic losses in South Asia as the region faces the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuate...
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