Five P’s for Sustainable Development | 2017-11-21 |

Five P’s for Sustainable Development

Md Bayazid Khan     21st November, 2017 09:55:16 printer

Five P’s for Sustainable Development

Development of Bangladesh not only depends on development of its economy but also relies on progress in all sectors of development like education, health, agriculture, industry, commerce etc. Nowadays the world community is focusing on sustainable development rather than only development because new dimension of development has emphasised focus more on its three pillars i.e.,  and environmental protection for future generations.


Sustainable development aiming to bringing about real improvements in people’s lives has correlation with five P’s. It requires People (Skilled), Participation, Partnership, Progress and Protection (Environment).


People are the beneficiaries of sustainable development as well as are the premier stakeholders of achieving it. Educated and skilled people are crucially needed for ensuring progress in all sectors of development and for protecting the nature. Skilled and pro-active people definitely demand education with a blend of general and technical or vocational at primary & secondary tier of education enabling them to participate in the progress of all sectors of development. So, policy and curriculum might be developed aiming at providing skilled based education at primary & secondary level. So, only the blend of general and vocational education can prepare future generation for living a prosperous and peaceful life in this increasingly fragile and vulnerable world in addition to helping them for acquiring desired skills to achieve sustainable development.

Sustainable development inevitably requires every person’s participation. It is everybody’s responsibility of ensuring his/her spontaneous participation in three pillars of sustainable development. Participation desperately needs to bring and accept change in belief and attitude.


Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us need to participate such as saving electricity, fuel, gas & water, keeping home & society clean & hygienic for protecting everyone from diseases. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.

Partnership is one of the vital issues towards achieving sustainable development as it can ensure peoples’ participation to expedite progress in all sectors of development besides protecting environment. Partnership means public-private, public-public and private-private partnership aiming to bring people from all sections of community for contributing to as well as receiving benefits of sustainable development.


Partnership requires building relationship, keeping faith & confidence, avoiding superiority/hierarchy and creating congenial friendly environment for work. The government has pivotal role to remove barriers to establishing sustainable development friendly partnership among partners in GO-NGO, GO-GO (cadre-cadre, cadre-non cadre, non cadre-non cadre) for smooth coordination and implementation of development activities of the country.

Progress in all sectors of development issues is the key element for attaining sustainable development. It is the pre-condition to sustainable development. Progress needs to keep economic activities moving in all sectors of economy encouraging partnership and ensuring every person’s participation. Corruption and complicacy free development friendly bureaucracy, one stop services, politicians’ commitment, political stability etc may encourage investors to invest spontaneously in agriculture, industry, commerce, transportation, environment protection etc that is the key to progress. Sector wise progress certainly helps to dispel poverty from the society.

Sustainable Development contains vision for the future that promises future generations a safe and hospitable planet on which every person has the chance for having a prosperous and peaceful life. To make the vision a success people badly need to protect the environment from pollution, misuse, unplanned utilisation, make impediment to its natural flow/existence etc. Future generations might be educated by teaching-learning activities and awareness programs might be organised for other people with a view to protect the environment for the sake of presenting people a safe and healthy life for living.


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