Our inclusive recovery numbers paint a picture of strength and resilience, and give hope that we will build back, yet again
The first wave of the pandemic hit us hard -- no one can doubt this brutal fact. But Bangladesh built back, and achieved a degree of recovery that has been more inclusive than even some high income nations of the world.
A report published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in association with Cornell University shows that there has been a fall in unemployment and a reduction in food security in the aftermath of the economic toll taken by the first lockdown. What gives hope is that in rural Bangladesh, unlike in high income countries, recovery has been inclusive.
It is understandable that at a time when the country, indeed the world, is going through a crisis of this magnitude, inclusive economic recovery can hardly seem like a cause for celebration. After all, we are now in the thick of things -- with the Covid-19 death toll as high as ever -- and on the verge of a much-needed second hard lockdown.