Newspaper columns, blogs & media coverage

Newspaper columns & blogs


2021


Asadullah, M Niaz, MANSOOR, NAZIA, RANDAZZO, TERESA & ZAKI WAHHAJ (2021) "The Social Returns of Ending Son Bias" The Project Syndicate, 26 February. 

2020


Asadullah, M Niaz (2020) "From Farming to Female EmpowermentThe Project Syndicate, 25 June. Re-published in Jordan TimesEl Pais, Kathmandu PostEthiopia Reporter, Nepal 24Somaliland Sun , Global Connections for Women and China Global TV Network

Asadullah, M Niaz and Kalyani Raghunathan (2020) "Fighting Gender Inequality in India During COVID-19 PandemicThe Diplomat, 25 June. 

Asadullah, M Niaz (2020) "Is ASEAN's COVID-19 Response Leaving The Migrant Workers BehindEast Asia Forum, 21 May. Re-published in Bangkok Post (30 May).

Asadullah, M Niaz, Aulia, F. M. and Maliki (2020) "Pandemic: A Threat to Indonesia's PoorThe ASEAN Post, 26 May, 2020. 

Asadullah, M Niaz (2020) "Farming Could Empower Millions of Women in South AsiaWorld Economic Forum, 3 July. 
 

Asadullah, M Niaz, Aulia, F. and Maliki (2020) "Preventing Poverty Hike During COVID-19: Lessons from Indonesia". The Business Standard. 06 June. Re-published in The Finance Today (6 June).

Asadullah, M Niaz, Aulia, F. and Maliki (2020) "Without intervention, model shows COVID-19 will drag at least 3.6 million Indonesians into poverty". The Conversation. 15 May. 

Asadullah, M Niaz and Raman, Mishkatur (2020) "Migrant workers cut off from aid but public health at riskThe Edge Financial Daily, 27 April 

Asadullah, M Niaz, Maliki and Aulia, Fisca (2020) "What can Indonesia learn from past policies to prevent another poverty hike during the pandemic?", The Conversation, 15 May. 

Asadullah, M Niaz and Bhula-or, Ruttiya (2020) "Why Coronavirus Pandemic Will Worsen Inequality in ThailandThe Diplomat, 28 April. 

Asadullah, M Niaz (2020) "Research finds gender bias in textbooks of Indonesia and other Muslim majority countriesThe Conversation, 19 March, 2020. 

Asadullah, M Niaz (2020) "Poor Indonesian families are more likely to send their daughters to cheap Islamic schoolsThe Conversation, 8 March, 2020. 

Asadullah, M Niaz (2020) "Learning Crisis and Girls' Education in Afghanistan", World Education Blog, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO, 09 April


2019

Asadullah, M Niaz (2019) "How to achieve universal quality education", The World Economic Forum, 26 June.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Savoia, Antonio (2019) "How can Africa catch up with the world in the fight against poverty" The Conversation, 27 February. Re-published in Newstime Africa and, The News (Malawi).

Asadullah, M Niaz and Chen, Theresa (2019) "Malaysia’s student-debt crisis could cripple the economy, unless the government acts", The World Economic Forum, 26 June.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Chakravorty, N N Tarun (2019) "GDP Growth, Export Boom and Rising Corruption in Bangladesh" LSE South Asia Blog, 19 November.

Asadullah, M Niaz (2019) "Mind the Learning Gap" The Project Syndicate, 15 November. Republished in Kuwait Times., Azerbaijan Vision & Jordan Times.

Asadullah, M Niaz, Amin, Sajeda, Hossain, Sara and Zaki Wahhaj (2019) "Is the Law Enough to End Child Marriage?" LSE International Development Blog, 8 November.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Kambhampati, Uma (2019) "Rural Bangladeshi women: Empowerment, farming and life satisfaction" LSE South Asia Blog, 11 October.

Savoia, A and Asadullah, M Niaz (2019) "Accelerating poverty reduction with stronger state capacity" GlobalDev Blog, Global Development Network, 15 July.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Chen, Theresa (2019) "Asia's Student-debt Time Bomb" The Project Syndicate, 25 June

Asadullah, M Niaz and Wahhaj, Zaki (2019) "Early marriage and the persistence of traditional norms" CEPR VoxDev, 11 March.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Savoia, Antonio (2019) "Here's how we can eradicate poverty in Africa faster" The World Economic Forum, 04 March. Also in The Conversation, 27 February, 2019.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Savoia, Antonio (2019) "Bangladesh is booming but slide towards authoritarianism could burst the buble" The Conversation, 1 March.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Wahhaj, Zaki (2019) "Marriage or Graduation?Rising Nepal, 21 Dec.



2018

Asadullah, M Niaz and Savoia, Antonio (2018) "How can countries reduce poverty faster?" The Project Syndicate, 15 November. Re-published in over 15 international outlets such as Gulf Times, the Khaleej Timesthe ASEAN PostWorld Economic Forum (English)World Economic Forum (Spanish)the New Times (Rawanda), Times of Oman (Oman), the Outlook (Afghanistan), the Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), the Reporter (Ethiopia), LesEchoes (France), the Tehran Times (Iran), the Jordan Times, Somaliland Sun (Somalia), the Dispatch Magazine (Rawanda) and the Daily Star (Bangladesh).

Asadullah, M Niaz and Savoia, Antonio (2018) "Bangladesh's Deadly Election" The Diplomat, 24 December, 2018

Savoia, Antonio and Asadullah, M Niaz (2018) "Why do some countries reduce poverty faster than others?" OECD Development in Transition, 26 September. Re-published by the University of Oxford, Dept of International Development (ODID) Blog (17 Oct 2018)

Asadullah, M Niaz and Fahmy, Farihah (2018) "Protecting our girls from child marriage" The Malaysian Insight, 12 October, 2018

Asadullah, M Niaz and Fahmy, Farihah (2018) "Protect girls, end child marriages" The New Straits Times, 27 October, 2018

Asadullah, M Niaz and Joseph, Jeron (2018) "Concern over rising inequality in Sabah", The Edge Financial Daily, 06 Sep 2018

Asadullah, M Niaz and Savoia, Antonio (2018) "From MDGs to SDGs: where next for Bangladesh? Asia Dialogue, Asia Research Institute online magazine - The University of Nottingham, 04 Sep 2018. Re-published by the University of Oxford, Dept of International Development (ODID) Blog (20 Sep 2018)

Asadullah, M Niaz and Islam, K (2018) "Representation as important as participation" The Daily Star, 30 March

Asadullah, M Niaz and Islam, Kazi Mukitul (2018) "Gender Stereotypes in Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Malaysian and Pakistani textbooks", World Education Blog, Global Education Monitoring Report (GMR), UNESCO, 20 March

Asadullah, M Niaz (2018) Eradicating child marriage, Asia Research News, 17 Jan.

2017

Asadullah, M Niaz and Maliki (2017) "Bottling Indonesia's Gini". The Project Syndicate, 01 September. Re-published in over 10 international outlets such as The Bangkok Post (Thailand), The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)The Jakarta Post (Indonesia)The Arab NewsFinancial Express (Bangladesh)The Strategistthe Daily Star (Lebanon) and The Kathmandu Post.

Asadullah, M Niaz, Samia Huq, Kazi Mukitul Islam, and Zaki Wahhaj (2017) "Gender stereotypes in Bangladeshi School Textbooks" World Education Blog, Global Education Monitoring Report (GMR), UNESCO, 30 May.

Asadullah, M Niaz and Zaki Wahhaj (2017) "Mending Bangladesh's Garment Industry". The Project Syndicate, 01 May. Re-published in Times of Oman , The Jordan Times, La Nacion (Spain), the New Dawn (Libera), and the Himalayan Times

Amin, Sajeda, Asadullah, M Niaz, Hossain, Sara and Zaki Wahhaj (2017) "Cash transfers to end child marriage: The Indian Experience". Ideas for India, 10 April.

Amin, Sajeda, Asadullah, M Niaz, Hossain, Sara and Zaki Wahhaj (2017) "A Blueprint for Ending Child Marriage". The Project Syndicate, 07 March. Column appeared in 7 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Somali, Spanish) and re-published in 19 outlets such as The World Economic Forum, The Gulf Times, Times of Oman and the Khaleez Times, The Daily Star (Lebanon), The Times Kuwait and The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 

Asadullah, M Niaz, Wahhaj, Zaki, Amin, Sajeda and Hossain, Sara (2017) "Bangladesh's new child marriage law swings in the wrong direction" The Conversation Global, 08 March. Re-published in The Wire, South Asia Journal, The Scroll, The Mecca Post, and, The Huffington Post.

2016

Asadullah, M Niaz (2016) "Dhaka Cafe Attack: Don't Blame Private Education for Radicalisation in BangladeshThe Conversation (Australia), 03 Aug 2016. Re-published by The Daily Star and Asia News Network (ANN), 07 Aug 2016

Asadullah, M Niaz  et al (2016) "Jeffrey Sachs on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals: 'We need a victory of ideas'" The Conversation Global17 October 2016. Re-published in The Huffington Post and The Wire.

Asadullah, M Niaz & Zaki Wahhaj (2016) "Marriage instead of GraduationDevelopment and Cooperation D+C, 03 Aug 2016

Asadullah, M Niaz (2016) "Terrorism: Look beyond private schoolsDevelopment and Cooperation D+C 28 July 2016

Op-ed published in LSE South Asia Blog "Social attitudes that view female child marriage as a means of protecting respectability need to change" 27 July 2016 (with Zaki Wahhaj)

Op-ed article in The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) blog, Oxford University, "Ending early marriage in Bangladesh and Uganda" 14 July 2016 (with Abdul Alim and Fathema Khatun of BRAC). Re-published in BRAC blog 12 July 2016, BRAC Newsletter, and The New Age, 07 Aug 2016.

Op-ed article in World Institute of Development Economics Research (WIDER) blog, "Ending child marriage and closing the education gap" 12 July 2016 (with Abdul Alim and Fathema Khatun of BRAC). Re-published in The Independent (Bangladesh) 10 Aug 2016.

Op-ed article in BDNews24 "Child marriage in Bangladesh" 16 April 2016 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent).

Op-ed article in Open Democracy "What is driving the increase in child marriage in Bangladesh?" 7 April 2016 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent).  Re-printed in The New Age, 11 April 2016.
 
Article in Development and Cooperation D+C "Minimum Wage Attracts Girls to Factories" 3 Jan 2016 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent). Re-printed in Dhaka Tribune, 10 January 2016.

 
2015

Article in the Diplomat "Vietnam's PISA Surprise" 01 Nov 2015 (with D Perera, Monash University).  Re-published in Bangkok Post and Young Lives Blog of Oxford University.

Op-ed in the Daily Star "Sustaining Women's Literacy and SDGs", 13 September 2016  (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent). Re-published in Asia News Network, Bangkok.

Op-ed in the Daily Star "Child Marriage Law and Freedom of Choice" 29 August 2015 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent). 

Article on BRAC blog "Delaying Marriage, Educating the Next Generation" 26 July 2015 (with Abdul Alim and Fathema Khatun).

Article in Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) Blog "Learning crisis in South Asia" 27 March 2015. (re-published in Dhaka Tribune 04 Sep 2015)

Article on BRAC blog "In school but not learning" 5 March 2015 (with Abdul Alim and Fathema Khatun).
 
Op-ed in The East Asia Forum (EAF) "Bangladeshi politicians should keep hands off Grameen Bank" 9 Jan 2015 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent). Re-published in BDnews24 21 Jan 2015.

2014

Article in Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) Blog "Pathways to Development" 5 Dec 2014 (with Antonio Savoia, University of  Manchester). Re-published in The Daily Star, 12 Dec 2014; Development@Manchester blog in 15 Dec 2014 and Effective States and Inclusive Development Research (ESID) Centre blog, Jan 15, 2015; The IndependentBD 10 Aug 2015

Feature article in The Diplomat "Saving Grameen Bank, Sustaining the Bangladesh Paradox" 6 Dec 2014 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent). Re-published in Dhaka Tribune 24 Dec 2014.

Op-ed in The East Asia Forum (EAF) "Managing Malaysia's Education Crisis" 5 Dec 2014. Re-published in The Malaysian Tribune, 5 December 2014, The Edge (Malaysia) 15 December 2014 and The Establishment Post 20 Dec 2014.

Op-ed in World Economic Forum Blog "Closing the Gender Gap in the Developing World" 4 Nov 2014 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent)

Op-ed in World Bank South Asia Blog "No Magic Bullet to Close the Gender Gap" 4 Nov 2014 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent)

Op-ed in Korea Herald (South Korea) "Gender gap in education is result of policy priorities", 16 Oct 2014

Article in The Straits Times (Singapore) "An education in gender equity", 14 Oct 2014

Opinion piece in The Conversation (UK) "Nobel Peace Prize win for Malala and Kailash is a beacon of hope for children's rights", Oct 10, 2014. Re-published by BDNEWS24.com on Oct 12, 2014 (with Zaki Wahhaj, University of  Kent)

Op-ed in New Straits Times (Malaysia) "Perspective: Female schooling under threat", 12 Oct 2014

Opinion piece in The Conversation (Australia) "Gender equity in schools in Muslim countries: it can be done", 13 Oct 2014.  Republished in CSAE (Centre for the Study of African Economies) blog, University of Oxford, 20 Oct 2014 & The Daily Star, Oct 25, 2014 & Dhaka Tribune, 2 Nov, 2014 & BDNEWS24.com on Nov 8, 2014.

Op-ed in East Asia Forum (Australia) Will India’s social development stagnate under Modi?, July 1, 2014. Re-published by The Daily Star and BDNEWS24.com on July 2, 2014; Indian Council on Global Relations on July 3, 2014

Op-ed in BDNEWS24.com (Bangladesh), Measuring graduate unemployment, May 1, 2014

Op-ed in the Daily Star (Bangladesh), Is graduate unemployment rate really 47%? May 1, 2014

Op-ed in Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh), Looking East, March 3, 2014.
Re-published in The Daily Star, March 5, 2014.

Op-ed in the Daily Star (Bangladesh), Quality Education for All, Feb 11, 2014.
Re-published in The New Nation, Feb 21, 2014

Op-ed in BDNEWS24.com (Bangladesh), Development Billboards: Numbers Don't Lie, or Do They?, Dec 10, 2013. Re-published in The New Age, December 12, 2013

Op-ed in BDNEWS24.com (Bangladesh), A League of Our Own, September 2, 2013. Re-published in The New Age, September 4, 2013

2013

Op-ed in the Daily Star (Bangladesh), Hartal Politics and Examination Results, August 07, 2013

Op-ed in the Hindu (India), Still in the Last Row, June 29, 2013 (with Uma Kambhampati, University of  Reading)

Op-ed in the New Age (Bangladesh), The Politics of Education Statistics, May 25, 2013

Op-ed in the Daily Star (Bangladesh), Female Schooling in Bangladesh, Sep 17, 2008 (with Nazmul Chaudhury)

Op-ed in the Daily Star(Bangladesh), Among the Scholars: An Update, Aug 16, 2005

Media coverage & interviews


2021

Business FM radio (Malaysia) PODCAST interview - "Closing the Parental Divide", 3 Feb 2021.

2020

Business FM radio (Malaysia) PODCAST interview - "Averting a Lost Generation", 27 Nov 2020.

Interviewed by the Edge Financial Daily for a Special report entitled "Population Ageing: Opportunity or Adversity? The Changing Nature of Ageing" 26 Oct 2020.

Interviewed by Free Malaysia Today for a Special report entitled "Rice and grain prices found to be most stable over last decade", October 21, 2020.

Interviewed by the Edge Financial Daily - "Complex issues in helping the poor" Weekend cover story, 06/09/2020

Business FM PODCAST morning interview "FOR JOBS SAKE, MALAYSIA WANTS FEWER FOREIGNERS, MORE LOCALS, BUT HOW?" 5 August 2020

Interviewed by the Edge Financial Daily - "Bridging the gap between agriculture and food security"
Weekend cover story, 05/07/2020

Interviewed by the Business FM - "Unemployment could hit 6% or higher", 16/05/2020

Interviewed by BBC Bengali Radio on the impact of COVID-19 on schooling and learning, 25 June 2020

Interviewed by the Edge Financial Daily. "An opportune time to reinvent Malaysia's labor market"
Weekend cover story, 22 June 2020

Interview (live national TV) by Astro Awani "#Consider This: Contract Work - A Precarious Life?" 18 June 2020 Business FM radio (Malaysia) PODCAST morning interview - "No Entry", 21 June 2020.

Business FM radio (Malaysia) PODCAST morning interview - "3D Jobs Incompatible with the Malaysian Dream?", 20 May 2020.

Business FM radio (Malaysia) PODCAST morning interview - "COVID-19 Will Leave an Uneven Impact on Unemployment", 4 May 2020.

2019

Australian ABC Radio Network interview on "student debt crisis in Asia" for the Counterpoint program "Big tech breakup" (Presenter: Former Australian Minister & Senator Amanda Vanstone), 15 July 2019

The Star (Malaysia) Interview "Hindered by data costs and access", 20 October 2019.

Business FM radio (Malaysia) PODCAST morning interview - "Coming Home with a Heightened Sense of Fairness?", 30 August 2019.

Business FM radio (Malaysia) PODCAST morning interview - "Student Debt - Treating the Symptoms or the Cause?", 27 June 2019.

Channel 24 Television Round Table Discussion on Child Marriage, 24 May 03, 2019.

Color FM Radio Talk Show on Child Marriage, 29 April 2019.

2018

The race between human capital and technology. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.  IBEST Public Lecture. Dec 10, 2018.  

Income inequality symptom of educational inequality, The Star, Oct 24, 2018. 

The Growing Wealth Gap: A Fate We Can't Afford, The Edge, November 16, 2017.

Can madrassas help developing countries?, Al Jazeera, March 13, 2014. 

Bangladesh achievements may appear as development puzzle, News Today, Nov 11, 2013. 

Kudos for Bangladesh's progress, Financial Express, Nov 11, 2013.

Bangladesh's progress and future challenges, BDNews24, Nov 09, 2013.

HSC pass rate, GPA 5 down this year, Dhaka Tribune,

THE LEARNING CURVE - Primary level education, The Daily Star, 5 March 2013

Improve governance to maintain growth, The Daily Star, December 2011

Madrasa teachers mostly untrained, The Daily Star, 11 August 2010