Unnayan Onneshan Update October 2013

New Research Report

Balance of Trade

The current Bangladesh Economic Update focuses on the current situation of trade. It further concentrates on factors and policies that have been exerting pressure on the external sector.

The country has been experiencing a negative balance of trade over the years, despite a fall in trade deficit. The reason behind this decline in trade deficit has been a greater decrease in import than that in export. Trade deficit declined from USD 9310 million in FY 2011-12 to USD 7010 million in FY 2012-13, after increasing over the years to reach at peak in FY 2011-12. Trade deficit as a percentage of GDP reached at 8.10 percentage of GDP in FY 2006-07, the highest between FY 2001-02 and FY 2012-13.  More...

Reports in Media

Poverty reduction rate lost pace on Daily Star

Prothom Alo reports on the new published book on poverty

Social dimensions ignored in current anti-poverty strategies on New Age

Report on Samakal on the book of poverty by Unnayan Onneshan

Decline in BD's poverty slows down in recent years on The Financial Express

Poverty reduction rate slows down on The Independent

Ittefaq reports on the poverty situation of Bangladesh

Poverty in landless households declining on Dhaka Tribune

Poverty reduction rate slows down on The New Nation

Poverty on the rise on The News Today

Poverty reduction rate slowed down on The Bangladesh Today

Analysis of poverty situation by UO on Arthoniti Protidin

Hunger, poverty decline rate slowed down on New Age

Kaler Kantho reports on the condition of food security of Bangladesh

Jugantor focuses on the report of Unnayan Onneshan on food security

Pace of hunger reduction is slower than poverty in BD on The Financial Express

Hunger reduction rate slower than poverty in BD on The Independent

Hunger cut rate slower than poverty reduction on The Daily sun

30pc people still hungry in country on The News Today

Hunger reduction rate slower than poverty in BD on UNB Connect

Prothom Alo focuses on the balance of trade of Bangladesh

Terms of trade likely to worsen further on New age

Samakal reports on the monthly economic update of UO

Report on balance of trade by Unnayan Onneshan on Jugantor

Kaler Kantho reports on the condition of trade

UO finds terms of trade are deteriorating on The Financial Express

Terms of trade deteriorates for weakness of economy on The Independent

Terms of trade worsens reflecting economic weakness on The Daily sun

Monthly Economic update of UO on Ittefaq

Terms of trade deteriorating for weakness of economy on UNB Connect

UO’s economic update on trade on Banikbarta

Trade gap weakens economy on The New Nation

Terms of trade deteriorating for weakness of economy on The Bangladesh Today

Natunbarta focuses on condition of trade by Unnayan Onneshan

Report of Manab Zamin on Unnayan Onneshan’s analysis of trade balance

Amardesh reports on UO’s analysis of trade balance

Amader Shomoy focuses on monthly update of Unnayan Onneshan

Recent Research Report

Poverty, Hunger, Nutrition, and Food Productionin Bangladesh

Forthcoming Report and Event

In-house Seminar on ‘Tax Pattern of Bangladesh’ (November, 2013)


Monthly Economic Update on ‘Tax Pattern of Bangladesh’ (November, 2013)





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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...