2019 Financial Inclusion Summit Conference Proceedings

ULAB and bKash hosted a one-day industry and academic
conference, the 2019 Financial Inclusion Summit.
The event was attended by 170 participants from academia, banks, corporates, donor organizations,
government organizations, NGO and INGO representatives, consultants and media persons.

Ridesharing Startups in Bangladesh: Latest White Paper

Overall, the estimated market valuation for the ridesharing startups, all business
verticals combined, based on individual interviews, is $300 million at present.

Shopper Survey on E-commerce in Bangladesh : ecommerce cover Perception, Demand & Usage Trends

In light of the exciting growth prospects of e-commerce in Bangladesh, the Center for Enterprise & Society (CES)

Undergraduate Academic Experience Survey (UAES) 2016-17

The objective of the Survey has been to assess student satisfaction regarding their undergraduate academic experience, including their perception on academic

An Overview of the Bangladesh Capital Markets

The report discusses the establishment and growth of capital markets in Bangladesh, including the two major bubbles and crashes (1996 and 2010). An overview of the current state of the market is presented as well

A Budget for Middle-Income Aspirations

On June 2, the Honorable Finance Minister, Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will present the National Budget for the eight consecutive time (and 10th, overall). We already know that the budget size will exceed BDT 3.40 trillion. The size is put into context by the fact that Bangladesh’s GDP has almost doubled in the last

Whither Financial Inclusion? Performance of Bangladesh in the 2017 Global Findex

On April 19, 2018, the third Global Findex Database was released by the World Bank at the Bank’s Spring Meetings. According to CGAP, this dataset is “the financial inclusion community’s best demand-side measure of financial inclusion globally.” Launched with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Findex database now has three years of

Association Between Time Spent Online and Vulnerability to Radicalization: An Empirical Study

By Sajid Amit & Md. Aynul Islam – July 2018 Abstract : The aim of this research is to investigate the risk of online radicalization among young adults, particularly university-attending students, by relating their vulnerability to online radicalization with the amount of time they spend online. This research is an outcome of ‘Building Resilient Universities Project’ (BRUP)

Analysis of a “Hartal Economy”

March 2015:  While there is no dispute that political instability is a deterrent to economic performance, it is perhaps an even more moot point in the context of frontier economies such as Bangladesh. As of March 2015, hartals have sustained for two months since January 6, and the damage to lives of citizens, property, productivity,

Banking on Mobile Money

May 2015:  Starting its journey in 2011, mobile banking, commonly referred to as mobile financial services (MFS), has demonstrated phenomenal growth in Bangladesh. The MFS sector now has about 15 million registered users transacting over BDT 80 billion (US$ 1.0 billion) per month through over 500,000 agents. In 2013, the number of registered MFS users

Understanding Social Enterprises

August 2016: Throughout the world, the distinctive organizational forms adopted by social enterprises depend on the existing legal frameworks, on the political economy of welfare provision and on the cultural and historical traditions of non-profit development in each country. Consequently, the social enterprise sector globally encompasses both new typologies of organizations and traditional third sector

Global Headwinds, Local Resilience and Rising Markets: Update on the Macro Economy and Capital Markets

March 2017: In a recently-released report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), a Big 4 audit, tax and advisory firm, Bangladesh is poised to become the 23rd largest global economy by FY 2050. Bangladesh is also well-positioned to reach World Bank’s middle-income income grouping criteria by FY 2030-31. The Government of Bangladesh also aims to eradicate poverty

A Closer Look at Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh

The story of financial inclusion in Bangladesh began with microfinance institutions, the success of which led to large-scale emulation of home-grown models, in parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Subsequently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began to make the case that financial inclusion would be better fostered through technological innovation, leading to the