Can rural civil society organizations (CSOs) generate active citizenship in developing societies? This report studies Polli Shomaj (PS), a ward-based civil society initiative of BRAC`s Community Empowerment and Strengthening Local Institutions (CESLI) programme. It examines PS achievements as a group, active citizenship among its members, and geographical diffusion of the organization`s influence. The study drew on 671 semi-structured group interviews, 2,684 semi-structured one-to-one .......

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  • Writer Name Nayma Qayum, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Rehnuma Rahman
  • Published Date Sunday, 30 December 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
This study aims to explore the impact of improved cook stoves (ICS) on fuel expenditure (consumption), smoke emission, and health of women (cook) in rural households of Bangladesh. In the follow-up survey (January-March 2010), 1,569 households, constituting of both who received ICS immediately after baseline survey (July-September 2008) and who had refused to use any ICS, were selected for interview using a pre-tested structured questionnaire. The most convincing evidence showed lower fuel .......

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  • Writer Name Nepal C Dey, ARM Mehrab Ali , Anik Ashraf, Tahmid Arif, Mushfiq Mobarak, and Grant MillerNepal C Dey, ARM Mehrab Ali , Anik Ashraf, Tahmid Arif, Mushfiq Mobarak, and Grant Miller
  • Published Date Monday, 23 July 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
This study aimed to analyze the situation of female staff of BRAC working at field level. Here, the study tried to find out how women were negotiating between their traditional gender roles and the new roles offered by that organization, as well as the gap between gender policy of the organization and the reality women were experiencing. The study took theoretical reference of different forms of patriarchy, gender division of labour, the public-private dichotomy, national imaginary of ideal .......

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  • Writer Name Rumana Ali
  • Published Date Friday, 07 September 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
The National Curriculum and Textbook Board in Bangladesh specified 50 terminal competencies which are supposed to be achieved by the students throughout the cycle of primary education. The competency-based test instrument which was developed for Education Watch 2000 was administered on a sample of BRAC school graduates of each year during 2000-2010. This monograph is an outcome of analyses of all these test results. Although the rural BRAC non-formal schools were common in each year, samples .......

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  • Writer Name Samir Ranjan Nath
  • Published Date Wednesday, 25 April 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
Different studies reported 2-14 times higher risk of TB for the healthcare workers than the general populations. This poses a serious challenge to the healthcare workers involved in TB control worldwide. BRAC has been using services of thousands of community-based health workers (CHW) known as shasthya shebikas for TB control all over the country. Their continuous exposure to infectious pulmonary TB (PTB) patients might have increased the risk of disease transmission. This concern led RED to .......

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  • Writer Name Fazlul Karim; Jalaluddin Ahmed, Qazi Shafayetul Islam and Md. Akramul Islam
  • Published Date Thursday, 13 October 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
 This study fills an important gap in current understanding about a critical aspect of BRAC`s health programmes the financial sustainability of the community health volunteers (commonly referred to as Shasthya Shebikas in Bangladesh) that are the cornerstone of BRAC`s health programmes. Shasthya Shebikas (SS) are a cadre of female volunteers that are recruited and trained by BRAC to provide a range of essential healthcare services to their communities. What is unique about BRAC`s approach is .......

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  • Writer Name Laura Reichenbach and Shafiun Nahin Shimul
  • Published Date Wednesday, 12 October 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
Bangladesh has achieved significant progress in enrolment in primary schools including gender parity. Currently, two major problems are dropout before completing primary education and poor quality of education with low attainment of basic competencies. These problems are especially acute among children of poor families. While the government of Bangladesh has the major responsibility of primary education, and it aims at universal access to education through government schools, the needs of the .......

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  • Writer Name Alia Ahmad and Iftekharul Haque
  • Published Date Sunday, 21 August 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
The study aimed to identify the challenges that the�shebikas faced in becoming proactive against human rights violation (HRV) and find out how they could be made more effective in taking action against HRVs. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used for data collection. The first set of findings were on personal and household attributes of the shebikas, the indicators assumed to have facilitated/ hindered shebikas in taking action against HRVs. The second set of findings show the .......

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  • Writer Name Md. Abdul Alim, Mohammad Rafi
  • Published Date Sunday, 31 July 2011
  • Country Bangladesh