RESEARCH FROM 2016

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Are people willing to pay for safe drinking water in coastal areas?

Identifying the community’s preference of drinking water source, affordability and willingness to pay for safe drinking water in the coastal sub-district of Tala.

Key findings: Unsafe arsenic levels were found in more than one third of the tested tube wells. Electrical conductivity, which shows the ionic composition of water, was found to be higher than WHO standards in 99% of tested sources. 91% of the households were willing to pay for safe drinking water. Most of the households (75%) were willing to pay BDT 20 per week to get water in 20 litre containers each day.

What effect do village WASH committees have on implementing disability-friendly latrines?

Modifying existing sanitary latrines to make them disability-friendly, with the volunteers of two disability-focused organisations - ADD International and SNKS. The study was conducted with 50 village wash committees of Rangpur and Rajshahi, and another 50 from these divisions were selected as control areas.

Key finding: There was a significant change in the modifications to existing sanitary latrine usage in the intervention areas compared to the control areas.

Effectiveness of learning in the Kumon method

Exploring the effectiveness of the Kumon method, a Japanese learning method for mathematics and reading, in developing the mathematical skills of BRAC primary school students.

Key findings: After eight months of intervention, students in the treatment group achieved both speed and mastery in mathematics compared to the control group. Students who had higher scores needed less time to solve mathematical problems.