Earlier this month the Impact Initiative brought Bangladeshi development leaders together with researchers focused on the country, to explore what has made Bangladesh’s development so successful, and the role that research has played in this success.
To read more about the ‘Bangladesh in Focus’ event, and common themes arising from both the conference and interviews, Elaine Mercer at the Institute for Development Studies has produced a blog ‘Bangladesh in focus: successful development through inclusive and sustainable research’.
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