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Bangladesh Priorities

If you had BDT 250 billion to use for Bangladesh's future, how would you choose to spend it?

That would alter the spending of roughly just ten percent of what the national government and international aid agencies combined spend in the country each year.

It may sound like an infinite amount of money, but the more you spend, say, on education, the less you have to run hospitals, fight pollution, boost agricultural productivity or use on the multitude of other deserving areas. How do we know which issues we should tackle first, or where we should spend more or less?

This book is about making the best use of limited financial resources by acquiring a better understanding of where to spend money, through the evidence of benefits and costs of a wide range of solutions as envisaged by the current five year plan. Covering areas from health to education, from sanitation to e-procurement, it sets out to show how much good a taka spent in different areas will do.