History/Challenges of Bangladesh’s Transition into a Middle-income country

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The History and Challenges of Bangladesh’s Transition into a Middle-income Country - By Professor Mushtaq Khan

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The History and Challenges of Bangladesh’s Transition into a Middle-income Country - Professor Mushtaq Khan

Professor of Economics at SOAS; Chief Executive of Anti-Corruption Research Consortium (SOAS-ACE); Joint CA of Research Consortium on Nepal Economic Transition. He completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and then studied PhD in Economics at Cambridge.

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Organiser Brick Lane Circle (BLC)

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BLC is a voluntary organisation (company limited by guarantee, founded in 2006) set up to help transform the intellectual landscape of the Bangladeshi community in the UK and take it to a new level of confidence and critical engagement with everything relevant for the community's progress and development.

The organisation hopes to achieve this by developing and facilitating better connections between people who are engaged in research and intellectual pursuits involving Bangladesh or Bangladeshis abroad; encouraging more people to get involved in objective knowledge seeking and creating opportunities for debates and intellectual exchanges.

The Circle believes that one important element necessary for making breakthroughs and solving long standing problems in our community, or any community, is to bring people from different backgrounds and political divides to talk to each other, discuss rival perspectives and debate over different narratives and ideas. The result is likely to be greater levels of empathy between people; better understanding of the problems and issues faced by Bangladesh and Bangladeshis at home and abroad; and an increased ability for finding better quality solutions.


1. Organise seminars, exhibitions, events and activities in the UK to encourage and facilitate research and knowledge generation / dissemination with respect to Bangladesh and Bangladeshis abroad

2. Consider, learn lessons and explore the potentials of the long historical links between Bangladesh and Britain

3. Explore and develop innovative ways of promoting better understanding between the UK Bangladeshi community and the wider diverse multi-faith / multi-cultural communities in Britain

4. Encourage and facilitate better connections between Bangladesh and the UK with respect to education, economics, social, culture and tourism

5. Engage young people in the UK from diverse backgrounds and generate interest among them to learn more about Bangladesh and Bangladeshis abroad and undertake innovative and exciting projects / activities for mutual benefits

6. Help develop deeper and shared common roots among the UK’s diverse population through research, knowledge sharing and learning about each other’s history, country of origin and experiences in the UK.

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