We aim to investigates the role of output market imperfections in constraining the microfinance programme to mitigate credit market imperfections. We develop a model in which output market imperfections increase operating costs for non-government organizations (NGO) and create barriers for producers to market their goods. Therefore, NGOs operate in locations having good physical infrastructure and better productive and marketing opportunities to minimize operating costs and maximize loan .......

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  • Writer Name Debdulal Mallick, Munirul H. Nabin
  • Published Date Thursday, 26 May 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
The justice system of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is characterized by the existence of a dual justice system - the formal one according to the law of the country and the customary laws of indigenous people. The broad objective of the study is to explore the formal and informal justice system of the ethnic communities in CHT in regards to assist Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) programme of BRAC for effective extension in this area. Five ethnic groups with highest representation in .......

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  • Writer Name Debasish Kumar Kundu, Mrinmoy Samadder, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Sharin Shajahan Naomi
  • Published Date Saturday, 01 January 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
The costs of skilled maternal and newborn care are major obstacles to access. This cross-sectional study of 1,200 married women, who had a live birth in the previous year, analyzed the costs incurred by a household for maternal and newborn care in selected areas of rural Bangladesh. in Nilphamari since most mothers enjoy free ANC services from BRAC Shasthya Karmis, there was higher utilization with zero cost to households. Utilization of home delivery by unskilled providers is propoor, while .......

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  • Writer Name Mohammad Nasir Uddin Khan, Zahidul Quayyum, Hashima-E-Nasreen, Tim Ensor, Sarah Salahuddin
  • Published Date Saturday, 12 December 2009
  • Country Bangladesh
The linkage between the formal and informal credit markets has long been of great interest to development economists. This paper addressed one aspect of the linkage by empirically investigating the impact of the microfinance programme expansion on the moneylender interest rates in Bangladesh, and found that moneylender interest rates increased with microfinance programme expansion. Microfinance programme expansion increased moneylender interest rates in the villages in which more loans were .......

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  • Writer Name Debdulal Mallick
  • Published Date Friday, 06 November 2009
  • Country Bangladesh
 The aims of the study were to measure the prevalence of smear-positive pulmonary TB (PTB) in different population groups, understand the patterns of people’s behaviour of and barriers to healthcare seeking for respiratory illnesses, assess socioeconomic and gender differences in the use of the DOTS services including treatment, and explore the role of the private informal healthcare providers in the DOTS strategy at the community level.The specific objectives of the study were to: (i) .......

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  • Writer Name Editor: Fazlul Karim
  • Published Date Sunday, 04 October 2009
  • Country Bangladesh
 The objectives of the study include evaluation of the popular theatre of BRAC as being performed, the extent of the messages being communicated through theatre, evaluate the changes brought about in the attitude of the attendees towards theatre, and the extent they take initiative in their development. We intensively observed two popular theatres (one organized by the Social Development Programme and the other by the Advocacy Programme of BRAC) and the catchments of these theatres. The .......

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  • Writer Name Mohammad Rafi, Hasanur Rahman
  • Published Date Tuesday, 25 August 2009
  • Country Bangladesh
This is a collaborative study conducted by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and BRAC Research and Evaluation Division. The study tries to assess the impact of the CFPR programme on livelihoods of the ultra poor in Bangladesh. Our study findings suggested that the CFPR programme of BRAC made it possible for its beneficiaries to increase their household food consumption, and to sustain their augmented food consumption even two years after thy had completed the project cycle .......

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  • Writer Name Akhter U. Ahmed, Mehnaz Rabbani, Munshi Sulaiman, Narayan C. Das
  • Published Date Sunday, 05 April 2009
  • Country Bangladesh
The backdrop of persistence and peculiarities of the malnutrition question in Bangladesh has motivated this study to examine how child and maternal nutritional status has been affected due to the sharp rise in food prices. In all counts, the rise in food price has been dramatic. The poor spend a large part of their expenditure on food and the rising food price is likely to have a net worsening effect in terms of already low nutritional status. How much? How are the effects distributed within .......

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  • Writer Name Munshi Sulaiman, Monira Parveen, Narayan Chandra Das
  • Published Date Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Country Bangladesh