Beyond Mitigation: The Paradox of Freedom

Nishant & Erin

By the time we arrived at the guesthouse it was already getting dark. We had spent most of the day in the truck and I was now tired. But the power was out, so we walked to the nearest tea stand and enjoyed a fresh cup of tea as we patiently waited for the lights to come back on. Waiting became a familiar activity during this particular visit, but I was happy to finally visit this remote project.

The north-western portion of Bangladesh is recognized as the poorest region in the country. It is characterized by an uneven distribution of land, unfavourable weather conditions, low levels of education, lack of industrialization, and rice mono-cropping. It is estimated that 65% of the population here are landless, and many of these people work as farm labourers in exchange for housing.

As a result there is a cyclical economic phenomenon that occurs between…

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