Towards Accelerated, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth—Opportunities and Challenges
(In Two Volumes) Volume II: Main Report
Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector Unit
South Asia Region, World Bank
Document of the World Bank
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This report was prepared by Zahid Hussain and Lalita Moorty (Task Team leaders, SASEP). The core team included Faizuddin Ahmed, Sanjana Zaman, Diepak Elmer, and Nadeem Rizwan (SASEP).
The Climate Change chapter was prepared by Emmanuel Skoufias, Syud Amer Ahmed, Sushenjit Bandyopadhyay, Nobuo Yoshida, Meera Mahadevan, and Shinya Takamatsu (PRMPR). James Thurlow (UNU-WIDER) provided valuable guidance. This report has also benefited from helpful feedback from Winston Yu (SASDA), Terrie Walmsley, Angel Aguiar (Purdue University), and Csilla Lakatos (US ITC). The team gratefully acknowledges funding from JOTAP (funded by DFID).
The Urban chapter was prepared by Elisa Muzzini, Pedro Amaral, Gabriela Aparicio, Richard Clifford, Mario Di Filippo, Wietze Lindeboom, and Mark Roberts (SASDU). The garment survey for the study was undertaken by NIELSEN (Dhaka). The team would like to thank the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Associations, the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures & Exporters Association, and the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority for their support to the survey team and the managers and workers of the garment firms that participated in the survey. The team would like to thank Thomas Farole (PRMTR), Songsu Choi, Zahed Khan, Bill Kingdom, Bala Menon (SASDU), Martin Norman, Shihab Ansari Azhar (CSABI) for their valuable contributions. Tony Venables, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford, provided technical inputs to the team on the survey questionnaire. The team thanks Cities Alliance and AusAID for the funding for this work.
The team would like to thank the peer reviewers- Dr. A.B.M. Md. Mirza Azizul Islam (Former Finance Adviser to the caretaker government), Jorge Araujo (Lead Economist, LCSPE), Steve Karam (Lead Urban Specialist, ECSS6), Winston Yu (Senior Water Resources Specialist, SASDA) Andras Horvai (Country Program Coordinator, Bangladesh and Nepal) and Luis Alberto Andres (Senior Economist, SASSD)) for valuable comments and suggestions. The team would like to thank all participants of the stakeholder consultations held in Dhaka (see Annex – A for a list of all participants). We benefitted immensely from their comments and guidance.
The team also thanks the Government of Bangladesh for the cooperation extended in the preparation of the report and for their participation in stakeholder consultations. At the same time the team would like to acknowledge that the views expressed in this report are those of the World Bank and may not necessarily be the views of the Government of Bangladesh.
The team gratefully acknowledges guidance from Sanjay Kathuria and Vinaya Swaroop (SASEP). Ellen Goldstein (Country Director, Bangladesh and Nepal) and Ernesto May (Sector Director, SASPM) helped shape the strategic directions of this report.
Finally, the team thanks Mehar Akhtar Khan for formatting the document.