Population Graph 2018
Population: 163 Million
Country Size: 56,977 mi² (Florida is 65,755 mi²)
Nickname: Rickshaw Capital of the World
Language: 98% Bengali
Religion: 90% Muslim
Formerly East Pakistan, Bangladesh gained it's independence from Pakistan in 1971 under a democratic constitution. Today is has a population size of 163 million people, 60% of which are under 30 years of age -- this is called the Youth Bulge, or Demographic Dividend.
The Asia and the Pacific region has over 1 billion young people aged
10-24, constituting more than half of the global youth population.
In Spring of 2017, the HH team spearheaded a design research trip to Bangladesh to identify key tensions and vulnerabilities through a series of interviews.
Our primary research informed us of 5 key social vulnerabilities present among urban youth in Dhaka that are being exploited by extremist-recruitment.
IS MOVEMENT TO THE EAST
After the killing of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda's new chief al-Zawahri started the reorganization of al Qaeda, with its main focus in South Asia. By November of 2015 ISIS had formally announced it's presence in Bangladesh.
THE DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND
The Asia and the Pacific region has over 1 billion young people aged 10-24, constituting more than half of the global youth population.
Statistics about recruitment patterns?
It is clear that there is a youth movement mobilized. Youth are ready to author their future, but infrastructure simply isn't in place to deliver on the promise of prosperity. Who is to blame?
Many have access to and meaningfully participate in the economic system. Others, while geographically proximate, are generations away.
Given the basic needs required to sustain the everyday life, the access to global information and pressure to contribute to the story of an emerging nation. Many youth struggle to balance the meaning of life, what they do with their day-to-day.
In highly regimented and fractured social structures youth struggle to balance the desire to stand out with the need to fit in.
Youth struggle to understand what does it mean to live a life worth living?
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