Funded by: UNDP
Project Duration: January 2016- August 2017

Project Team: Simeen Mahmud, Maheen Sultan, Kaniz Siddique, Ferdousi Sultana, Nazneen Ahmed, Sahida Khondaker, Iqbal Hossain, Nuzhat Sharmeen, Towhid Iqram Mahmood and Ahmed Asif Enam

Cluster: Gender Studies

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University has recently completed a study for UNDP entitled Evidence Based Foundations for Women's Economic Empowerment. The study had four parts: Lot 1-Macroeconomic Analysis, Lot 2-Analysis of Social and Institutional Constraints, Lot 3-Opportunities Analysis-Markets and Lot 4-Opportunities Analysis- Policies. Findings from studies 3 and 4 will be extremely relevant for this analytical review. Lot 3 looked at the opportunities that are available to the rising female labour force in Bangladesh that will enhance their economic empowerment as well. It also identified few thrust sectors where they can participate more in the near future. The study further explored the demand side and supply side opportunities and challenges. Lastly, it came up with recommendations for initiatives which both the public and private sector can provide in the short, medium and long term. Lot 4 evaluated the laws, policies and regulations of various sectors formulated in the last 10 years in Bangladesh, identified policy opportunities available, analysed gaps and suggested areas for policy intervention to increase women’s access to economic opportunities.