Strengthening Resilience of Climate-induced Migrants in Vulnerable Urban Communities in Khulna and Rajshahi

Involving climate migrants from vulnerable urban communities in Khulna and Rajshahi, the project is in partnership with the BRAC Ultra-poor Graduation (UPG) Programme, and the BRAC Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Programme. The research looks at how the program incorporates elements of climate change adaptation for the urban migrants, and how it addresses the climate vulnerability of the participants. 

Researchers: Dr Rohini Kamal; Tasfia Mehzabin; Sonia Afrin

Partners: BRAC UPG Programme; BRAC Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Programme

Timeline: May 2021–January 2024

Status: Ongoing

Method: Mixed methods

Contact: Dr Rohini Kamal;


The Environment and Climate Change research stream of BIGD continues the institution’s tradition of generating evidence-based research using field experimental methods. There is a relative gap in rigorous impact evaluation and field experiments in the arena of climate change in Bangladesh. The research places climate change within the underlying social, economic, and environmental realities, and the ground-up approach seeks to inform policy and conversations at the national and global levels.


The purpose of the study is to evaluate the incorporation of climate change adaptation elements in the UPG program in Khulna and how the program addresses climate vulnerability among participants. 

This study is relevant to SDG 13 (Climate Action), particularly taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.


The study employs both quantitative and qualitative methods. The quantitative survey component comprises a quasi-experimental approach, and the qualitative component comprises focus group discussions (FGDs) and key informant interviews (KIIs). 

Findings and Recommendations

Study ongoing.