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Changing Village

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Shahaduz Zaman, PhD, Tanvir Shatil, Khondokar Shakhawat Ali, Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Syeda Salina Aziz, Asif Shahan, PhD, Rohini Kamal, PhD, Fariza Rahman

Topic(s): Gender Justice, Governance and Politics, Skills and Jobs, Social Transformation, Climate Change, Digitization, Economic Development

An Early Evaluation of BRAC’s New Poor Programme

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Imran Matin, PhD, Narayan C. Das, PhD, Nusrat Jahan, Mohima Gomes, Tanvir Shatil

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, Economic Development, Ultra-Poor Graduation

Gender Norms at Work: Impacts on Women’s Hiring and Workplace Experiences in Bangladesh

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Narayan C. Das, PhD, Sheikh Touhidul Haque, PhD, Nuzaira Binte Neaz

Topic(s): Economic Development, Gender Justice

The Welfare Consequences of Employer Responses to COVID-19 in Export Manufacturing in Low Income Countries

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Khandker Wahedur Rahman, PhD, Md. Raied Arman

Topic(s): COVID-19, Economic Development

BRAC Strategy 2021-2025: Findings from Baseline Survey

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Narayan C. Das, PhD, Touhidul Islam, Semab Rahman, Ashik Sufi Islam

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, Economic Development

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Journal Article

Food Security in Rural Bangladesh:
A Comparative Study of Scientific and Grassroots Perceptions

Publisher: Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development

Date: 2024

Author(s): Shatil, Tanvir; Islam, Rezaul M.

Topic(s): Economic Development

Working Paper

Smartphone Ownership, Economic Empowerment and Women’s Property Rights: Experimental Evidence from Malawi

Date: 2023

Author(s): Roessler, Philip; Kumar, Tanu; Bhattacharya, Shreya; Carroll, Peter;  Dulani, Boniface; Nielson, Daniel

Topic(s): Digitization, Economic Development, Wee-DiFine

BIGD Reviews

BIGD Reflections 2023

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2023

Author(s): BIGD

Topic(s): Ultra-Poor Graduation, BRAC Programs, Economic Development, Social Transformation


How Effective is the BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Programme? | An Impact Evaluation of 2019 Cohort

Publisher: BIGD, Innovations for Poverty Action

Date: 2023

Author(s): Jahan, Nusrat; Mozumder, Tanvir Ahmed; Hsu, Sam; Arman, Md. Raied; Arif, Akmam Binte

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, Economic Development, Social Transformation, Ultra-Poor Graduation

Policy Brief

Online Freelancing: A New Frontier for the Youth in the Developing World

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2023

Author(s): Jahan, Nusrat; Huq, Lopita; Arman, Md. Raied 

Topic(s): Economic Development, Gender Justice, Skills and Jobs

Journal Article

Graduation Approach to Poverty Reduction in the Humanitarian Context: Evidence From Bangladesh

Publisher: Journal of International Development

Date: 2023

Author(s): Rahman, Atiya; Bhattacharjee, Anindita; Nisat, Rafia; Das, Narayan

Topic(s): Economic Development, Ultra-Poor Graduation

Journal Article

The Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Heritage Tourism: Evidence From Bangladesh

Publisher: SN Business & Economics

Date: 2023

Author(s): Islam, Md. Karimul; Farjana, Fariha; Nasrin, Nishad; Ahmed, Md. Shakil

Topic(s): Economic Development, Social Transformation


A Timely Response for the Sudden Poor An Early Evaluation of BRAC’s New Poor Program

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2022

Author(s): Gomes, Mohima; Shatil, Tanvir; Jahan, Nusrat; Tahsin, Nabila; Das, Narayan C; Matin, Imran

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, COVID-19, Economic Development, Ultra-Poor Graduation

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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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12 October 2023
Md. Karimul Islam and Md. Kamruzzaman

Caregiving is a crucial aspect of ensuring the wellbeing of persons with disabilities. However, due to several reasons including the absence of institutional arrangements and formal training on caregiving, the needs of persons with disabilities get little attention from policymakers and other stakeholders.

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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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Dec '23

Dhaka Winter Conference in Economics 2023

9:00 am BIDS, E-17 Agargaon, Sher-e-Banglanagar, Dhaka 1207

The Annual Dhaka Winter Conference in Economics Research, hosted by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in collaboration with Bangladesh Economic Research Network (BERN) and the Association for Economic and Development...


Oct '23

The 12th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Green Growth in South Asia

10:00 am Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Office of the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank—in collaboration with the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice of the World Bank—and the BRAC Institute of Governance and...


Jul '23

BIGD Online Lecture Series: Making Policy Work for Development

4:30 pm Webinar

The Master of Arts in Governance and Development (MAGD) program at BIGD, Brac University, has been training promising policymakers in Bangladesh and beyond to become high-impact leaders since 2005. In 2022, MAGD was meticulously redesigned...


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...


May '23

The 11th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Social Progress in South Asia

10:00 am BRAC Centre

Conference Day One: The conference’s opening day featured inspiring speakers who shared their expertise and insights. Dr Imran Matin, Executive Director, BIGD, emphasized the need for policies addressing inequality of opportunity and...


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...


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...


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...


Sep '22

A talk by Michael Carter, Distinguished Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis

3:00 pm BRAC Centre Inn Meeting Room -1

BIGD arranged a talk session with Professor Michael Carter, Distinguished Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis on September 6, 2022. He talked about his research based on a five-year RCT in...


Jun '22

PPRC–BIGD COVID-19 Panel Survey Phase V: Inflation, Coping, and Recovery Challenges

11:00 am Webinar

The ongoing inflationary pressures have negatively affected the real income, food security, and essential household expenditures of the low-income households in Bangladesh and significantly disrupted their economic recovery from the...

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