Socioeconomic Dashboard: A Critical Policy-Making Tool

The Socioeconomic Dashboard's goal is to accelerate the progress of SDGs by supporting decision-making that impacts policy in Bangladesh. Using modular and intuitive visualizations, it leverages government datasets to work as decision-making action items that can be time-sensitive as well as demand driven. The idea arose from a desire to make government statistics more available and easier to understand—to smoothly integrate their findings into key policy discussions.

Data and Policy Making Concept

Gender wise Distribution of Student
Amount of Overseas Employment across Skill Level

Overseas employment, which remains one of the main sources of foreign remittance of the country has relied mostly on the export of low-skilled labor. However, in recent years, the employment of both skilled and semi-skilled labor has increased where skilled labor has surpassed the low-skilled category. This is a welcoming development, which will increase both the inward remittance flow as well as further export of higher-skilled labor overseas.

Total Employment & Remittance

Both overseas employment and incoming remittance flows have been consistently increasing over the years. However, they respond to large-scale economic and health shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic when overseas employment went down dramatically. Following the COVID-19 shock, the remittance inflow and employment behaved in opposite directions probably due to the fact that workers brought all their overseas savings back with them when they lost their employments and returned home. Policies need to focus on how to accommodate the returnees to local job markets, how to use their experience to send others overseas in the future and to reinvest the remittance in the economy.