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A Digital Strategy for Bangladesh’s Biggest Problems

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Dr. Lomborg and  Mr. Chowdhury, policy advisor in the a2i program and a member of the prime minister’s Digital Bangladesh taskforce discuss how digitizing government services could create significant savings for Bangladesh.

This collaboration between the Copenhagen Consensus Center think tank and BRAC, the world’s largest nongovernmental organization, saw an eminent panel of Bangladeshi thought leaders and a Nobel laureate economist rank 76 proposals. The list highlights where Bangladesh or international donors can spend money, or spur cost savings, to help achieve the most good.

The research found that scaling up the government’s e-procurement platform would improve public services while generating significant cost savings. On average, developing nations spend about half of their budget on procurement, with inefficiencies wasting billions of dollars that could be devoted to other needs.”

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