BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University hosted a consultation meeting on the Gender Based Macroeconomic Analysis Component of one of its research study ‘Evidence based Foundation of Women’s Economic Empowerment’ at BIGD Conference Room on March 24, 2016. The study is being conducted for UNDP and UN Women. The meeting was arranged to consult stakeholders in this sector to obtain their feedback on the study methodology, findings and analysis in order to strengthen the analysis.
The participants shared their views and suggestions on the presentation of the findings. They mentioned various studies that might be relevant for the study along with further disaggregation of the analysis according to the growing sectors of the economy of Bangladesh. They suggested reviewing more relevant policies and including more dynamic variables to better represent the macroeconomic growth in Bangladesh with respect to its vast female population.
Dr. Kaniz Siddique, Team Leader of the component presented her preliminary findings to a group of stakeholders comprising Mr. Monirul Islam, Deputy Chief, General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission; Mr. Shamsur Rahman, Senior Economist, Asian Development Bank (ADB); Mr. Towfiqul Islam Khan, Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), and Ms. Farida Parveen, DGM, Bangladesh Bank. Among others, Ms. Antara Ganguli, Deputy Country Representative, Ms. Tapati Saha, Program Coordinator and Ms. Sabina Saeed, Programe Associate, of UN Women were present along with Mr. Palash Das, Assistant Country Director; Ms. Majeda Haq, Poverty Analyst and Cluster Head; and Ms. Nasra Mire, Consultant; from UNDP. Ms. Maheen Sultan, Visiting Fellow, Ms. Ferdausi Sultana, Consultant, of BIGD and the BIGD research team working on the study were also present at the meeting.