Unnayan Onneshan Update November 2013

New Research Report

Revenue Mobilisation and Economic Growth

This issue of Bangladesh Economic Update probes into the tax system of Bangladesh in the backdrop of falling investment, missing revenue target and growing pressure on revenue. Bangladesh has comparatively lower tax to GDP ratio, even compared to most of its South Asian counterparts. For example, tax to GDP ratio in Bangladesh was 6.74 percentage points lower than India in FY 2012-13. The gap between the total expenditure and total revenue is increasing over the years. If the same trend continues, it can be anticipated that the gap may become further wider to Tk. 558.5 billion in FY 2013-14 from the targeted Tk. 550.32 billion. The budget deficits may increase by 1.5 per cent against the targeted expenditure of TK 2224.91 billion in the current budget. At the current rate of revenue realisation, the gap between targeted and actualized revenue may increase by 0.5 percent against the target of current budget TK 1674.59 billion. In FY 2012-13, both NBR and non-NBR have failed to satisfy the target of revenue collection with total shortage of Tk. 40777.5 million.  More...

Reports in Media

Govt may miss revenue earning target this year

Govt may miss revenue collection target: UO

Govt may miss revenue target this FY

Revenue collection target may be missed

Revenue target collection doubted

Revenue collection target of this year

Govt. may miss revenue collection target

Doubt on earning the revenue collection target this year

Revenue target collection may be missed this FY

UO’s analysis of revenue mobilisation

Monthly economic update of Unnayan Onneshan

Recent Research Report

Poverty, Hunger, Nutrition, and Food Productionin Bangladesh

Forthcoming Report and Event

Monthly Economic Update on ‘Current Financial Condition of Bangladesh’(December, 2013)


Seminar on ‘Current Financial Condition of Bangladesh’

An in-house seminar on ‘Current Financial Condition of Bangladesh’ has been held on 24 november, 2013 at 4.00 pm in the conference room of Unnayan Onneshan. Mr. Abdul Latif Mahmud, Researcher from Economic Policy Unit presented his paper focusing on present financial scenario of Bangladesh. The paper further aims at evaluating performance of banking sector, identifying different problems in the financial sector (banking, non- bank financial institution and capital market), and suggesting some policy measures with a view to strengthening the restructuring of financial sectors. The Chair, Mr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir was present at the seminar along with other researchers of the organization. The Chair conveyed his insightful observations for further progress followed by other audiences.





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New Books from UO


Measuring Multidimensionality: State of Poverty in Bangladesh 2013

State of Poverty in Bangladesh 2013

The book contains measurements of poverty through applications of major approaches, first of its kind in Bangladesh. Measuring poverty by a single indicator or approach namely ‘monetary approach’ falls short of representing the dynamics of poverty within a country. The book reveals that the measurement of poverty is complex and there are various problems associated with the different approaches of measuring poverty. Hence, the chapters provide trends of poverty in Bangladesh and identify analytical limitations of the mainstream approaches and intervention strategies. Finally, the book proposes a set of indicators based on new five fundamental principles of rights, equality, justice, sustainability and partnership for development through historic responsibility for a zero-poverty post 2015 development framework. More..


"Exigency or Expendiency?" State of Bangladesh Economy and Development 2012-2013. More.. 



"Accumulation and Alienation State of  Labour in Bangladesh 2013. More.. 


"Institutions Matter: State of  Women in Bangladesh, 2013 More.. 

"Elusive Progress: State of Food Security in Bangladesh 2012" released on the World Food Day, 16 October 2012.  More...

"Decelerated Decline: State of Poverty in Bangladesh 2012" released on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2012. More...