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Digital Services Access Survey (DigiSAS)

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Khandker Wahedur Rahman, PhD, Semab Rahman, Marjan Hossain

Topic(s): Digitization, Governance and Politics

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Citizen Engagement in Monitoring Public Procurement – Findings From an Impact Assessment Study

Date: 2023

Author(s): Sulaiman, Munshi; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Mozumder, Tanvir Ahmed

Topic(s): Digitization

Policy Brief

Using Social Media to Train Farmers: Evidence From Aquaculture Farmers in Bangladesh

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2023

Author(s): Abedin, Zeeshan; Hossain, Marzuk A. N.; Mahmud, Tahmid Bin; Rahman, Khandker Wahedur

Topic(s): Digitization

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Digital Literacy and Access to Public Services in Rural Households of Bangladesh

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2023

Author(s): Shafi, Yasin

Topic(s): Digitization, Skills and Jobs

Evidence and Insights

DiFi for All

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2021-2023

Author(s): Dr Shahaduz Zaman; Faruq Hossain; Fariza Rahman; Md. Rohmotul Islam; Aishwarya Sanjukta Roy Proma; Jumana Asrar; and Ajmain Fayak Al Nasif

Topic(s): Digitization, Economic Development

BIGD Reviews

BIGD Reflections 2021

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2021

Author(s): BIGD

Topic(s): Climate Change, COVID-19, Digitization, Economic Development, Education

Policy Brief

Understanding the Digital Gender Divide in Rural Bangladesh: How Wide It Is and Why

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2021

Author(s): Zahan, Iffat

Topic(s): Digitization

Report

Strategy Primer: For the Future of Digital in Bangladesh

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2021

Author(s): Jahangir, Zulkarin; Safir, Abdullah Hasan; Ahmed, Shamael

Topic(s): Digitization

Report

The Future of Digital in Bangladesh: Digital Readiness Assessment

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2021

Author(s): Jahangir, Zulkarin; Safir, Abdullah Hasan; Ahmed, Shamael

Topic(s): Digitization

Report

New Forms of Adolescent Voice and Agency in Bangladesh Through the Use of Mobile Phones and ICT

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2021

Author(s): Huq, Lopita; Khondaker, Sahida; Mahpara, Pragyna; Sultan, Maheen; Khondoker, Zarine Anan; Syed, Samia

Topic(s): Digitization, Social Transformation

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23 January 2024
Rachel Heath and Emma Riley

In Tanzania, a randomized control trial with 152 female microfinance groups explored the transformative potential of digital financial services on women’s empowerment. By encouraging mobile money for loan repayments, previously dominated by cash transactions, the study found a substantial increase in women’s mobile money usage. The shift not only led to enhanced financial control, as reflected in higher savings and improved loan repayment behavior, but also fostered social cohesion within microfinance groups. This research underscores the impactful role of digital tools in empowering women and advocates for the integration of such services into broader financial initiatives.

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24 December 2023
Leora Klapper and Kym Cole

Bangladesh’s financial inclusion strides, highlighted at the BIGD Conference, show a 21% rise in overall account ownership in the past decade. Despite progress, the gender gap widened to 20%, emphasizing the need for targeted efforts to empower women in the digital finance landscape.

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21 December 2023
Anwesha Bhattacharya, Erik Jorgensen, Urvi Naik, Aruj Shukla, and Charity Troyer Moore

Despite SHG ownership advantages, rural Chhattisgarh women still face barriers in actively engaging with digital financial services, as revealed by low DFS usage rates, prompting the need for further investigation.

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30 November 2023
Kate Brockie

Guest writer Kate Brockie reflects on Claudia Goldin’s Nobel Prize for her work on women’s labour force participation, and how Dr Goldin’s model relates to trends of women’s work in Bangladesh.

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10 October 2023
Tanvir Ahmed Mozumder

Do the people of Bangladesh truly believe they are free as citizens? Are they comfortable expressing their opinions on social media? A recent nationally representative survey offers valuable insights into the sentiments of Bangladeshi citizens regarding these questions.

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27 September 2023
Okechukwu Amah, Ruqayyah Baderinwa, Muhammad A. Akanji, Victor Kolo, Charles Aigbona, and Chinedu Okoro

Qualitative research finds that mobile phones serve as a gateway to accessing DFS and play a pivotal role in transforming Nigeria’s female domestic workers’ financial landscapes.

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18 September 2023
Kaavya Arakoni, Ritika Divekar, and Jaspreet Singh

Creative qualitative methods can unveil aspects of participants’ financial lives that may be difficult to articulate in verbal interviews, such as nuanced contexts, details, and emotions. How effective are participatory research methods like photovoice as opposed to traditional quantitative survey methods?

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12 September 2023
Nusrat Jahan

By offering accessible insurance options and addressing challenges faced by marginalized groups, such as women, DFS can not only mitigate immediate losses but also contribute to long-term resilience and prosperity for families, breaking the cycle of poverty in the face of natural disasters.

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22 August 2023
Anwesha Bhattacharya, Erik Jorgensen, Urvi Naik, and Simone Schaner

Amidst the global surge in smartphone usage, a pioneering initiative in rural Chhattisgarh, India, delves into the complexities of measuring misinformation susceptibility, illuminating the intersection of technology, local perspectives, and precise assessment.

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15 May 2023
Heather Lahr, Kelsey Jack, Darby Jack, Flavio Malagutti, Linnea Graham, Edward Tsinigo and Eric Tawiah

Our research has shown that linking LPG purchases to digital financial services has the potential to reduce overall transaction costs, thereby making the transition to cooking with cleaner cooking fuels easier

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Jun '23

BIGD International Conference: Making Digital Finance Work for Women

10:00 am BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) organized its international convening in 2023–"Making Digital Finance Work for Women." The two-day hybrid conference took place on 21-22 June 2023, where recent global research insights...

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Jun '22

Digitalization and New Frontiers of Service Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges

9:00 am Dhaka

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) organized a three-day international conference titled Digitalization and New Frontiers of Service Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges from 20 to 22 June 2022 at the BRAC Center Inn...

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Jan '23

The Future of Financial Inclusion: Presenting the Findex 2021 Bangladesh Findings

3:00 pm BRAC Centre Inn Conference Room (1st Floor)

The Global Findex Database 2021 Powerpoint Slides  │ Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine) Powerpoint Slides While Bangladesh made great strides toward financial inclusion between 2014 and 2017, as measured...

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Jan '23

Leveraging the Global Findex Microdata for Policy and Research

10:00 am Webinar

Since 2011, the World Bank’s Global Findex Database has been the definitive source of data on global access to financial services from payments to savings and borrowing. The Findex data and its insights have driven numerous applications...

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Dec '22

Expanding Women’s Financial Inclusion: Global Implications of the Findex Gender Note 2021

6:00 pm Webinar

The Global Findex Database 2021 shows that the gap in access to financial services between men and women dropped to 4 percentage points for the first time in the past decade. In developing economies, the gap is...

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Jun '22

Featuring Women’s Economic Empowerment & Digital Financial Services (WEE-DiFine) at the International Conference on Digitalization and New Frontiers of Service Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges

2:00 pm BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium

BIGD’s WEE-DiFine Initiative was featured at the International Conference on Digitalization and New Frontiers of Service Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges. Speakers presented WEE-DiFine’s objectives and portfolio, foundational...

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Feb '22

WEE-DiFine Webinar – Supporting Applicants: Breaking Down Barriers to Success in the RFP Application Process

8:00 pm Webinar

  Click here to view the presentation slide deck (PDF) Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine)  is a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence on the causal impact...

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Jun '22

BIGD International Conference on Digitalization, Institutions and Economics: New Frontiers in Service Delivery

9:00 am Dhaka

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) invited academics and scholars to participate in the International Conference on Digitalization, Institutions and Economics: New Frontiers in Service Delivery, held in Dhaka (or online...

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Apr '21

WEE-DiFine Webinar Series Part 2: Developing Competitive Proposals

8:00 pm Webinar

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine) is a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence on the causal impact of digital financial services on women’s economic empowerment. Based at...

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Apr '21

WEE-DiFine Webinar Series Part 1: Request for Proposals and FAQs

8:00 pm Webinar

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine) is a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence on the causal impact of digital financial services on women’s economic empowerment. Based at...

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Citizens and the Facebook: BIGD Survey Data

Publisher: The Financial Express

Date: 2023

Topic(s): Digitization

Women’s Skills for Freelancing

Publisher: New Age

Date: 2023

Topic(s): Digitization, Skills and Jobs

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