Out of the basket: Lessons from Bangladesh's development successes
This is a South Asia Centre public lecture
Tuesday 7th March 2017
Speaker: Dr Naomi Hossain
Discussants: Professor Naila Kabeer, Professor Mushtaq Khan
Chair: Professor David Lewis
Once upon a time, Bangladesh was the world’s basket case – a land of cyclones, hunger and overpopulation, defenceless against the global economy and prone to violent political upheaval. But Bangladesh is no longer the only place facing climate change, globalisation, malnutrition or illiberalism, and it is now seen as a surprising success for how it handled some of these problems. What can be learned about Bangladesh’s past that will help the world navigate an apparently more precarious and contentious, ever more globally-connected future?
Dr Naomi Hossain is a political sociologist with 20 years of development research and advisory experience. She is currently Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. Her work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and increasingly on the political effects of subsistence crises. Dr Hossain is author of The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success, due out in 2017.
Naila Kabeer is Professor of Gender and Development in LSE's Gender Institute.
Mushtaq Khan is Professor of Economics at SOAS.
David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development in LSE's Social Policy Department