Dreaming a Hunger and Poverty Free World: Social Business Is for Realization Essay

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Dreaming a Hunger and Poverty Free World: Social Business is for Realization Prepared by: Foyasal Khan Master of Economics International Islamic University Malaysia Date of Birth: 19 February 1987 Bangladesh Passport No: C1281975 E-mail: foyasal_khan@yahoo.com Cell: +8801718-297129 (Bangladesh), +60163-491573 (Malaysia) Abstract: Bangladesh is one of the 189 nations which endorsed the Millennium Declaration at the Millennium Summit of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2000. The millennium declaration highlights that developed and developing countries will work as partners to achieve the goals by 2015. It envisages a world with lower poverty and hunger, gender equity, lower child mortality, improved maternal health, lower incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, sustainable environment for the future, partnership between developed and developing countries, and improving governance and human rights in the country. Bangladesh has achieved remarkable progress in the areas of primary schooling, girls’ education, immunization, micro-credit, female economic participation, birth control, physical mobility and safety nets. The challenge here is ensuring adequate finances to keep up the momentum and ensuring quality education for all. First goal of MDGs is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. In this case, Bangladesh is on its way to achieve targeted prevalence of poverty by 2015; however, meeting the target of hunger within the given time frame remains uncertain. Rising inequality is offsetting some of the gains in poverty reduction. The MDG needs assessment and costing for Bangladesh (GOB 2009) identified three major areas of intervention for MDG 1 – agriculture and rural development, employment generation and development of road infrastructure. In these areas, effective

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