Weaknesses in the Bangladesh legal system deny women equal protections

October 24, 2011 by

A significant number of civil laws promulgated during the British colonial years which are still in force, offer women few legal protections throughout Bangladesh’s legal system. Throughout Bangladesh in the last century, women across all socio-economic fields have made advances. However, despite these advances they still face structural inequalities.

Grameen in the U.S.: Is it sustainable?

October 24, 2011 by

On September 26, 2011, Grameen America opened its first branch in the Bronx. Its goal is clear: to provide economic leverage to the low-income families in New York City. Grameen’s microcredit model aims to do what it achieved effectively in Bangladesh – to provide micro loans to individuals and small businesses and to create economic solvency.

What Next for Libya?

October 24, 2011 by

Libyan Colonel Gaddafi’s 42 year brutal reign is over, but the future looks murky for a country primarily known for exporting oil and terrorism. One thing is for certain – international oil companies will be packing out flights to Tripoli to cut deals for a piece of the action. Libya remains the wild card, with only 25 percent of the country’s oil potential territory explored.

China’s political reform challenge

October 24, 2011 by

The Central Committee of China’s ruling Communist Party concluded its annual four day meeting last Tuesday in one of the last such meetings before the generational changeover in the Chinese leadership next year. This was an important session of the Central Committee, but it’s still far from clear what direction the Party will take as its new leadership takes over the reins next year.