Facilitating Good Governance at Grass Roots: BRAC and the Women Members of Union Parishad?

This study explores the role of NGOs, especially BRAC, in enhancing the functional space of women members in Union Parishad (UP). The study was basically qualitative in nature where respondents were women members, affiliated with BRAC as well as members with no affiliation with any NGO. Here, the determinants of the women members’ winning the election and functional space in UP were compared. Findings from the report show that BRAC provided enormous support to its members in becoming a credible leader to compete in the election and ensure successful participation in UP. In case of participation in UP, BRAC affiliated members performed better than their non-BRAC counterparts although both faced some common challenges in discharging their responsibilities. The BRAC affiliated members raised their voices against those challenges. Villagers’ discernment was also better towards BRAC affiliated members with respect to their participation in Union Parishad.

Author: Alim, Md Abdul
Type: Report
Year: 2007