Towards a New Social Contract
Chapter 9 concludes The Aid Lab, arguing that in its future as a middle-income country, Bangladesh will need to accelerate its investments in health, education, and nutrition to move up the global value chain and protect its population against new and emerging threats. While poverty, exclusion, and oppression remain significant problems, the Bangladeshi state has now made the aid lab into its own machine, setting itself up as a model for the ideas and technologies of human development, leaving the ‘basket case’ label far behind. The political settlement is also shifting, the result of an overdue process of transitional justice and violent new forms of Islamist extremism and terrorism. As the rest of the world becomes increasingly exposed to climate-related disasters and the downsides of globalization, it makes sense to learn from the country that has already learned that protection against the crises of subsistence and survival comes first.
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