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Finance for SDGs: Addressing Governance Challenge of Aid Utilisation in Bangladesh

dc.contributor.authorFahmida Khatun
dc.contributor.authorSyed Yusuf Saadat
dc.contributor.authorMd. Kamruzzaman
dc.description.abstractBangladesh’s upcoming graduation from least developed country (LDC) status, which may potentially take place in 2024, has generated renewed interest in the country’s ability to mobilise finance for development from external and domestic sources. Over the years, foreign aid received by Bangladesh has become more project specific, multilateral and loan-dominated. While the commitment and disbursement gap has been widening, Bangladesh’s overall dependence on aid has declined. Thus, it remains to be seen whether Bangladesh can fully transform from an aid-dependent to a trade-led economy. This study investigates the impact of foreign aid in Bangladesh, and attempts to uncover whether the development progress of the country can be sustained in the absence of foreign aid. A broad-based empirical analysis shows that, foreign aid is not a statistically significant determinant of economic growth in Bangladesh. However, a more disaggregated analysis reveals that, foreign aid to the health sector can significantly improve health outcomes. These findings show that, while foreign aid may not be a driving force of economic growth per se, it is still an important source of support for the social sectors of the country, which receive limited resource from the government. Hence, Bangladesh will have to improve the efficiency in aid utilisation. However, the country cannot expect to continue receiving foreign aid perpetually, and must prudently prepare for a gradual and systematic phase-out. Since graduation to a developing country status will make obtaining external finances more difficult and expensive, improving generation of domestic resources and their efficient use will be of critical importance for Bangladesh in the coming years.
dc.publisherCentre for Policy Dialogue
dc.titleFinance for SDGs: Addressing Governance Challenge of Aid Utilisation in Bangladesh
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Economics
dc.subject.expertRegional Economic Development
dc.subject.expertEconomic Impact
dc.subject.expertEconomic Crisis
dc.subject.expertEconomic Efficiency
dc.subject.expertEconomic Policies
dc.subject.expertRegional Economic Development
dc.subject.expertJob Evaluation
dc.subject.expertMacroeconomic Analysis
dc.subject.expertPerformance Evaluation
dc.subject.expertImpact Evaluation
dc.subject.expertEconomic Welfare
dc.subject.expertEconomic Incentives
dc.subject.expertEconomic Efficiency
dc.subject.adbEconomies in transition
dc.subject.adbEconomic agreements
dc.subject.adbSocial condition
dc.subject.adbEconomic dependence
dc.subject.adbEconomic assistance
dc.subject.adbEconomic cooperation
dc.subject.adbGross domestic product
dc.subject.adbEconomic forecast
dc.subject.adbEconomic indicators
dc.subject.adbGrowth models
dc.subject.adbGross domestic product
dc.subject.adbEconomic forecast
dc.subject.naturalFinancial crisis
dc.subject.naturalLabor economics
dc.subject.naturalRegional economics
dc.subject.naturalEconomic survey
dc.subject.naturalJob analysis
dc.subject.naturalLabor turnover
dc.subject.naturalInternational relief
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalEconomic policy
dc.subject.naturalEconomic forecasting
dc.subject.naturalWages and labor productivity
dc.subject.naturalEfficiency wage theory
dc.subject.naturalIncome Distribution
dc.subject.naturalComparative economics
dc.subject.naturalRegional economics
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalOpen price system
dc.subject.naturalPrice fixing
dc.subject.naturalPrice regulation
dc.subject.naturalConsumer price indexes
dc.subject.naturalFinancial crisis
dc.subject.naturalLabor economics
dc.subject.naturalRegional economics
dc.subject.naturalEconomic survey
dc.title.seriesCPD Working Papers
dc.title.volumeNo. 125
dc.contributor.imprintCentre for Policy Dialogue
oar.adminregionSouth Asia Region
oar.authorKhatun, Fahmida
oar.authorSaadat, Syed Yusuf
oar.authorKamruzzaman, Md.

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