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69.4% Bangladeshi youth identify ‘corruption’ as primary development obstacle: Study

69.4% Bangladeshi youth identify ‘corruption’ as primary development obstacle: Study

*In Bangladesh, a significant 69.4% of youth aged 18-35 identified "corruption and nepotism" as the main obstacles to development in the country.* A recent study titled "Youth Perspectives in the Current National Context", conducted by the Citizen's Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, highlighted the obstacles perceived by youths in relation to development in the country. As per the report, lack of transparency and accountability ranked second at 46.5%, followed by prioritising the interests of vested groups at 32.6%, and lack of institutional capacity/coordination at 28.1%. Towfiqul Islam Khan, senior research fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), presented the research findings during the "Youth Conference 2023" held at the Krishibid Institutions Auditorium on Saturday (14 October). Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, convenor of the Citizen's Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, emphasised the significance of the youth population which constitutes a considerable portion of Bangladesh's demographics. He said, "The population of Bangladesh is now around 16.5 million, with most of them being youth aged between 18 and 35. The number and proportion of this age group are increasing every decade, making it the largest potential workforce in Bangladesh." Highlighting the role of the youth in shaping the country's future, Dr Debapriya expressed concerns about effectively connecting the hopes, aspirations, and expectations of the youth within society. He discussed the evolving role of the family in managing the state, politics, social policy, and the profession, emphasizing the potential of the family as an institution to play a significant role in practising democracy. While addressing the upcoming elections, Dr Debapriya expressed optimism about increased youth participation and hoped that any concerns or doubts would dissipate in the coming days. He, at the time, acknowledged existing concerns but remained hopeful that they would be overcome.
Published on: 2023-10-14 09:35:38.307921 +0200 CEST

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