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
Small and medium enterprises (SME) in Bangladesh are playing a vital role to stimulate economic development including alleviation of poverty through employment generation. Small and medium enterprises cover a wide range of business activities some of which have negative environmental impacts. With the rapid expansion of micro-finance and its anticipated future growth, there is an increasing threat to local environment. Moreover, the workers of the enterprises are also exposed to various .......

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  • Writer Name MA Quaiyum Sarkar, Nasima Akter
  • Published Date Saturday, 01 November 2008
  • Country Bangladesh
This study was done to explore the process of targeting, selection and benefits distribution and the use of the allowances, satisfaction, and the association of old age and widow allowances with various factors (e.g., expenditure on food and food intake behaviour, self-reported illness and health-related quality of life). This allowances are provided by the government of Bangladesh to poor widows and the elderly persons (¡Ý65 years).A cross-sectional quantitative survey was conducted in 10 .......

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  • Published Date Wednesday, 02 July 2008
  • Country Bangladesh
This study aimed to know how and what factors have contributed in changing the patterns and perspectives of the employment of children over the last 15 years. Based on an in-depth research on 120 children and 40 employers of child labour in a Dhaka slum and a rural community in the poor northern district of Nilphamari this paper articulates employers’ perspectives on child labour, with particular emphasis on understanding what factors have caused them to change their own practices over time .......

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  • Writer Name Sk. Tariquzzaman, Elma Kaiser
  • Published Date Wednesday, 09 January 2008
  • Country Bangladesh