Bangladesh and COVID-19: Reversals and Resilience

This article examines two primary data sets to identify the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on different sectors and vulnerable populations in Bangladesh. It attempts to identify how the trends in sectors such as agriculture, ready-made garments (RMGs), education, employment among youth, and women’s participation have changed due to the pandemic compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. The results show that the agriculture and RMG sectors demonstrated resilience due to sustained government policies. In contrast, the other sectors, such as education, youth employment, and women’s participation in the labour market, have been negatively affected, leaving a long-term consequences for the country’s development. The article concludes with suggestions for inclusive and targeted policies, and community-based approaches to pre-empt new challenges to make development progress in Bangladesh.

Authors: Rahman, Atiya; Jahan, Nusrat; Matin, Imran; Rahman, Hossain Zillur
Type: Journal article