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Applications Open for Fall 2024

Applications Open for Fall 2024

Applications Open for Fall 2024

Journal Article

Globalising Southern Approaches to Reducing Extreme Poverty: Policy Adoption of BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor Graduation Program

Date: 2024

Author(s): Hashemi, Syed M.; Montesquiou, Aude de

Topic(s): Ultra-Poor Graduation

Publisher: Development in Practice

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Journal Article

Impact of COVID-19 on Celebration of Death, Mortuary, and Funerary Customs in Bangladesh: A Qualitative Study

Date: 2024

Researcher(s): Rahman, Md Abdur; Islam, Md Redwanul; Chowdhury, Monidipa & 3 others

Topic(s): COVID-19

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Journal Article

What I Say Depends on How You Ask: Experimental Evidence of the Effect of Framing on the Measurement of Attitudes

Date: 2024

Researcher(s): Bloem, Jeffrey R.; Rahman, Khandker Wahedur

Topic(s): Wee-DiFine

Publisher: Economics Letters

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Working Paper

Being New Poor in Bangladesh: Coping Strategies, Constraints, and Trajectories

Date: 2024

Researcher(s): Nazneen, Sohela; Ahamed, Raihan; Aziz, Syeda Salina & 7 others

Topic(s): COVID-19

Publisher: Institute of Development Studies

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Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine)

WEE-DiFine is a research initiative that seeks to generate a comprehensive body of evidence that addresses the impact of digital financial services (DFS) on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and the causal mechanisms between the two by funding rigorous research across South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. The economic empowerment of women is a crucial development issue, which DFS has the strong potential to advance.

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Applied Research and Implementation Initiative (DigiDev)

The Applied Research and Implementation Initiative (DigiDev) during 2020-2023 will develop the organizational capacities of BRAC and BRAC International to integrate digital innovations into poverty programs. This will take place with support from BRAC’s Institute for Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC International’s Independent Evaluation Research Cell (IERC), BRAC Social Innovation Lab and BRAC USA, working closely with country and program teams across the BRAC family.

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3 July 2024
Nowshin Sharmila

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of 25 state-owned jute mills in Bangladesh, resulting in around 70,000 workers losing their jobs. Mamun, a former jute mill worker, faced significant hardships, including job and home loss, financial instability, and an identity crisis. His story highlights the struggles and resilience of the newly impoverished, underscoring the need for targeted support to aid their recovery.

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5 June 2024
Taslima Aktar

In recent years, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters have surged due to climate change, disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations, especially women and girls. According to UN Environment, 80% of those displaced by climate change are women, exacerbating their physical and socioeconomic vulnerabilities, including heightened risks of gender-based violence (GBV). Studies reveal alarming increases in abuse during natural disasters; for instance, 71% of women in Bangladesh reported increased abuse during floods, with physical violence affecting over half. Post-disaster environments further expose women to risks like sexual assault and trafficking, as seen in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan and Cyclone Sidr. These issues underline the urgent need for gender-sensitive policies and actions to protect women during environmental crises. As we observe World Environment Day, it's crucial to raise awareness about the gendered impacts of climate change and advocate for robust protections for women and girls in disaster-prone areas.

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2 June 2024
Sayuktha Kannan

In our research under the WEE-DiFine Initiative, we examine whether smallholder farmers in Kenya prefer a crop insurance policy that offers compensation in smaller, earlier installments rather than a lump sum after harvest. Working with ACRE Africa, we introduced "Timely Pay Insurance," which allows farmers to choose their compensation schedule. Using tactile methods and game pieces, champion farmers in Nakuru county explained the new policy and collected data on preferences. Preliminary results indicate strong demand for early and precise payouts, with women more likely to opt for staggered payments in later months. Our findings suggest that flexible compensation schedules could enhance the appeal and effectiveness of crop insurance for vulnerable farming communities.

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Multimedia

Are You Passionate About Making a Difference? MAGD Alumnus Khan Md. Nurul Amin NDC Shares His Story

Visual Documentary

Ten Years After Rana Plaza: Remembering, Learning, and Moving Forward

BIGD Holds Virtual Launch Event for Redesigned MA in Governance and Development (MAGD) Program

Changing Village

This ethnographic study by the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Brac University, explores the dynamic transformations in rural Bangladesh over the past three decades. Focusing on eight selected villages across the country, it aims to understand cultural, economic, and environmental changes through narrative inquiry. The study employs qualitative tools to gather comprehensive data, facilitating a deeper understanding of rural life.

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Adolescents in Urban Slums and Low-Income Settlements in Dhaka During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global crisis of unprecedented scale, both in terms of public health and the world economy. The world came to an economic stand-still, and the poor and vulnerable populations still bear the brunt. The COVID-19 crisis response has generally ignored adolescents as a separate group. This study explores how the crisis has affected adolescent education, livelihoods and psychosocial well-being.

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