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Impact Assessment of BRAC’s Disability Inclusive Ultra-Poor Graduation (DIUPG) Programme

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Imran Matin, PhD, Narayan C. Das, PhD, Sheikh Touhidul Haque, PhD, Semab Rahman, Raisa Rahman

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

Understanding the Impact and Effectiveness of Holistic Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities: The Case of Bangladesh

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Narayan C. Das, PhD, Khandker Wahedur Rahman, PhD, Md. Kamruzzaman, Maliha Noshin Khan, Nabila Tahsin

Topic(s): Gender Justice, Social Transformation, Education

Economic Empowerment of Women Clients through a Gender Transformative Microfinance Program (GTMF)

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Maheen Sultan, Khandker Wahedur Rahman, PhD, Marjan Hossain, Farhana Kabir

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, Gender Justice, Social Transformation

The State of Learning in Bangladesh

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Imran Matin, PhD, Khandker Wahedur Rahman, PhD, Marjan Hossain, Hossain Zillur Rahman

Topic(s): COVID-19, Social Transformation, Education

The Social Life of Masks

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Shahaduz Zaman, PhD, Tanvir Shatil, Faruq Hossain

Topic(s): COVID-19, Social Transformation

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‘It’s a Family Matter’: Inaction and Denial of Domestic Violence

Publisher: Institute of Development Studies

Date: 2024

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Mahpara, Pragyna

Topic(s): Gender Justice, Social Transformation

Journal Article

The Impact of Entrepreneurship Training and Credit on the Labour Market Outcomes of Disadvantaged Young People

Publisher: Development in Practice

Date: 2024

Author(s): Khan, Tahsina Naz; Bhattacharjee, Anindita; Das, Narayan; Hossain, Marzuk A.N.; Rahman, Atiya; Tabassum, Asma

Topic(s): BRAC Programs, Skills and Jobs, Social Transformation

BIGD Reviews

BIGD Reflections 2023

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2023

Author(s): BIGD

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

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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

Journal Article

Economic Recovery of the New Poor Created by COVID-19: Evidence From Bangladesh

Publisher: Development in Practice

Date: 2023

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

Topic(s): COVID-19, Skills and Jobs, Social Transformation, BRAC Programs

Policy Brief

Precarity, Area-Based Discrimination, and Limited Support: Experiences of Urban Poverty After COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2023

Author(s): Roelen, Keetie; Al Mamun, Saklain; Chowdhury, Kabita; Diwakar, Vidya; Rabbi, Abu Sayem; Rownak, Raisa; Sultan, Maheen; Sumanthiran, Shilohni

Topic(s): COVID-19, Gender Justice, Social Transformation

Policy Brief

The Role of Local Resources in Mitigating the Impact of Covid-19

Publisher: Chronic Poverty Advisory Network

Date: 2023

Author(s): Tafere, Yisak; Shahan, Asif; Rahemin, Raeesa; Diwakar, Vidya

Topic(s): COVID-19, Governance and Politics, Social Transformation

Report

Rapid Assessment of BRAC’s Disability Inclusive Ultra-Poor Graduation (DIUPG) Programme

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2023

Author(s): Gomes, Mohima; Kamruzzaman, Md.; Tahsin, Nabila; Islam, Md. Karimul; Biswas, Dipika

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

Policy Brief

Countering Backlash in the Implementation of Bangladesh’s Domestic Violence Act

Publisher: BIGD, Institute of Development Studies

Date: 2023

Author(s): Sultan, Maheen; Mahpara, Pragyna

Topic(s): Gender Justice, Social Transformation

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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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27 November 2023
Shravasti Roy Nath and Taslima Aktar

BIGD’s study in Hazaribagh, Bangladesh, sheds light on the use of veils by 10-14-year-old girls as a protective measure against harassment, revealing the intersection of societal norms, patriarchy, and child labour challenges.

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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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13 July 2023
Rabeena Sultana Ananna and Madhuri Goswami

In a world driven by monetary transactions and material pursuits, there are individuals who willingly dedicate their time, skills, and energy to non-paid work. But, what motivates these volunteers to engage in unpaid work, when the pressures of earning a living and fulfilling personal needs loom large?

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27 November 2022
Maisha Fairuz

I interviewed Rehana (pseudonym) on a rainy day in mid-September. It was a muggy and mundane afternoon, as mundane as Rehana’s life would be as I was thinking.

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8 November 2022
Touhidul Islam

A t-shirt with a colourful illustration from the famous Bengali detective novel Feluda or a Kamij with a verse by poet Jibananda Das printed on it—young people wearing clothes with eye-catchy visuals has become a frequent but not so common sight in Dhaka.

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7 September 2022
Raihana Sayeeda Kamal and Sadia Chowdhury

Facebook commerce, or F-commerce, offers women an opportunity for self-employment. As one example, Nadia Rahman, a student and a painter, loves to sketch life and nature using sarees and kurtis (Bangladeshi tops) as canvases.

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31 August 2022
WEE-DiFine team

The WEE-DiFine team is grateful to each of our peer reviewers for their time and contributions to our proposal review process! As a gesture of gratitude, we are listing the names and institutional affiliations of each individual that completed a peer review for WEE-DiFine during our third request for proposals.

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25 August 2022
Kym Cole

WEE-DiFine seeks to expand funding opportunities for high-quality research, especially for academics from our countries of focus. As such, the WEE-DiFine team has compiled a list of peer donors supporting rigorous research broadly related to our interests, including gender, financial inclusion, and digital infrastructure.

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24 August 2022
Emma Haseley & Jenna Grzeslo

After two successful RFPs, resulting in 12 funded research projects, the WEE-DiFine initiative at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development launched its third RFP on December 13, 2021.
Similar to the first two RFPs, proposals underwent a competitive, multi-step review process. During the final stage, an Advisory Board convened to discuss each proposal. 

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Oct '23

Workshop | Poverty Transitions and Social Protection: Experiences of and Attitudes Towards Urban Poverty

10:00 am Amari Dhaka

A workshop on Poverty Transitions and Social Protection: Experiences of and Attitudes Towards Urban Poverty, was organized by BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, in collaboration with the Institute of...

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Sep '23

Responses to Social and Political Impact of COVID-19 in Bangladesh: What do we know so far?

4:00 pm BRAC Centre Conference Room

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) hosted a roundtable discussion on Responses to Social and Political Impact of COVID-19 in Bangladesh: What do we know so far? on September...

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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...

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Oct '22

Seminar on Engaging Youths in Shaping Bangladesh’s Future in a Transforming World

3:00 pm BRAC University Auditorium

As the world faces an array of overlapping and interlinked challenges, layers of uncertainty are added to people’s lives and years of progress made in human development are reversed.  Dangerous planetary pressures, sweeping societal...

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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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May '21

Adolescent Experiences in Chittagong and Sylhet: The Adolescent Student Programme and COVID-19 Impact

6:30 pm Webinar

Adolescent Experiences in Chittagong and Sylhet Divisions - Baseline: PowerPoint Slides | Report  Adolescents' Experiences of COVID-19 in Chittagong and Sylhet: PowerPoint Slides | Report A recent study conducted among...

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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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Dec '20

New Forms of Adolescent Voice and Agency Through ICT and Mobile Phone Use

3:30 pm Webinar

Webinar deck | Report Bangladesh has entered the digital age, with internet users reaching 110.8 million in October 2020. Adolescents growing up in this rapidly digitizing world are unique in having their life experiences and opinions...

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