February 26, 2006

Positive Bangladesh: In Social Development

The relatively rapid progress of social development at a low-income level is indicated in the table below, by the comparison of predicted (for a given level of per capita income) with the actual values of social indicators achieved by the country. Compared with the predicted values, the actual values recorded have been lower for birth growth, infant mortality rate, under five mortality rate, total fertility rate, higher for the contraceptive prevalence rate and life expectancy at birth for both male and female. Review of actual progress of social indicators against their respective predicted values for the 42 LDCs suggest that Bangladesh and Sao Tome Principe are the only two countries where actual progress in all of the nine indicators was better than their predicted values.

Table: Social Development in Bangladesh: Predicted vs. Actual Values

Social Indicators---------------------------Predicted--Actual--Sample Countries
1. Population growth Rate (annual percent)------------1.897----1.740----------181
2. Total Fertility Rate (births per women)--------------4.230----2.950---------180
3. Infant Mortality Rate (per 1000 live births)----------76.580---48.000------175
4. Under Five Mortality Rate (per 1000 live births)----115.80----73.00--------175
5. Life Expectancy at Birth (Female)-----------------57.500----62.700-------177
6. Life Expectancy at Birth (Male)--------------------54.130----61.500--------177
7. Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (aged 15-49)------33.300----53.800--------61

Source: World Bank, 2006

15 comments:

Zia said...

Thank you for sharing this information. It is without a doubt that Bangladesh is progressing and sooner or later, we will unshackle ourselves from the grip of LDC country cluster.

I feel strongly that Bangladesh should get its name erased from this list at its earliest, even if has to suffer a dirth of growing pains.

We have to improve our global image and by taking such a stance, we will become more accountable and potentially favorable place for international investments. These investments will kick in another cycle of growth for Bangladesh.

I look forward to that day.

Ziaur Rahman
IITM
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Kazi Sakib said...

Sorry for the delay.

First I would like to thank you for your comments. I also do agree with you. LDC is not the label to be proud of. I have to come out of it as early as possible.

What I felt, we have to accept that we are in the LDC, then we will find the urge to get off. And there are positive signs ( like the posting shows), so we can hope, and hope for the best.

I am also looking forward to THAT day.

Kazi Muheymin Sakib
www.cs.rmit.edu.au/~sakib

Zia said...
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Zia said...

Thank for your comments as well. In spite of all the political chaos, Bangladeshis are not sitting idle. The country is running in full steam. Surely, within the next decade or so a more sensitive government will come that will be 'by the people and for the people.'

We have to work towards a workable democracy by taking stock of what needs to be done every step of the way. We must also realize that politics in the hands of the wrong people can be a dangerous tool. This has been a common specter in Bangladesh.

However, I am hoping that cloudy days will pass, but patience is virtue; we have to have loads of it, otherwise, one can go insane in Bangladesh.

Although, my comments have a negative sentiment, but believe me, I see hope for Bangladesh as not all Bangladeshis are as bad as we see them painted in the western media. We have great people, good ideas and in the words of Dr. Yunus the ability to walk tall, talk straight and achieve a 10 feet height mark.

No more today.

Ziaur Rahman
IITM
beekree.biz
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