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VOICE publishes 5 briefing papers on ADB's Operations in Bangladesh

By voice - Posted on 25 May 2008

VOICE published 5 briefing reports (4 in English and 1 in Bengali) on the topic of the ADB in Bangladesh especially for the National Consultation.

1. The ADB in Bangladesh: ‘Country Strategy and Programme’: A Corporate Bias
by Tanim Ahmed

Journalist Tanim Ahmed dissects the 4-year development plan proposed by the ADB, exposing the Bank’s clear corporate bias behind its claims of poverty reduction. Through trenchant analysis of their Bangladesh policy, Ahmed summarizes frankly their intentions in the poverty, governance, private sector, agriculture and natural resources, transport, energy and health sectors.

2. Water for Sale? Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority: A project financed by ADB for Privatization
by Tanim Ahmed

In this paper Tanim Ahmed delivers a detailed assessment of the ADB’s proposed privatisation of the water distribution system, starting with a well-constructed history of recent events in water rights. Ahmed breaks down the agenda behind their proposal, including conditionalities and their recommendations to DWASA.

3. The ADB in Bangladesh: A Look Back or A Leap Backward?
By Parker Mah

Using the ADB’s “Achieving Results Together: 25 years with the Bangladesh Resident Mission” as a starting point, Parker Mah uses the recently published 25-year rosy retrospective as a platform to criticise the ADB. Balancing ADB’s optimistic claims with the reality through research and statistics, this document is a good primer on the ADB’s activities in Bangladesh.

4. Projects of Mass Destruction and the Asian Development Bank: The Case of the Phulbari Coal Project
by Anu Mohammed

With the mixture of insightful analysis and activist passion typical of Anu Mohammed, this paper lays bare the near-tragedy of the Phulbari Coal Mine project, now shelved due to intense popular resistance. Read the story of the open-pit coal mine proposed by the Bank and other projects of mass destruction.

5. Carbon Trade & Energy Policy: A Briefing Paper (Bangla)
by Farjana Akter

This paper will examine some of the salient points put forward by the ADB's policies on energy and carbon. This paper is available for download by clicking on the link below.


PDF versions of all files will be available soon. Contact us at to receive a copy of any of these papers by mail.

CarbonTrade_Energy Policy_FarjanaAkter.pdf1.82 MB
CountryStrategy_Programme_TanimAhmed.pdf1.97 MB