Much of what is written about dowry focuses on the harmful aspects. This monograph argues that in order to target dowry as a social problem, we need to know more about why people continue the practice. It gives an overview of the transactions connected to wedding and divorce before it explores the motivations people have for giving and taking dowry. In the end, it is discussed how this rationality meets the rationality of the government and NGOs in the local interpretation and use of .......

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  • Writer Name Hanne Cecilie Geirbo, Nuzhat Imam
  • Published Date Friday, 07 July 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, about two thirds of 6-23 months old children suffer from iron deficiency anemia (IDA), the long run consequences of which are damaging and largely irreversible. IDA is a great waster – the GDP costs to Bangladesh of IDA alone, has been estimated to be about 2% each year. Yet the world has solutions which can prevent this mass wastage. The window of opportunity for reversing this however is also small and we need to urgently get our acts together to prevent this totally .......

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  • Writer Name Fazlul Karim. Nuzhat Choushury, Ahmed Pasha, Khalid Hasan, S M Ziauddin Hyder, S H Zlotkin
  • Published Date Wednesday, 31 May 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
BRAC started its Non-formal Primary Education (NFPE) programme to improve children’s effective participation in their own socio-economic development by increasing literacy, numeracy and required life skills. An impact assessment study was undertaken to gauge the extent to which the NFPE contributed to such changes. Three groups of respondents were chosen for comparison: a) children who graduated from BRAC schools, b) graduates of government primary schools, and c) children who never enrolled .......

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  • Writer Name Altaf Hossain, Samir R Nath, AMR Chowdhury
  • Published Date Monday, 04 April 2005
  • Country Bangladesh
In a context in which dominant relationships which govern the lives of the poor tend to be vertically organized - explicitly or implicitly – as patron-client relationships, the group-based strategies promoted by microfinance and other non-governmental organizations represent a form of association based on horizontal principles and, moreover, one that they can ‘choose’ to belong to instead of having membership imposed on, or ascribed to them, by their gender or their poverty. However, not all .......

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  • Writer Name Naila Kabeer, Imran Matin
  • Published Date Thursday, 03 March 2005
  • Country Bangladesh
Different communities have addressed the problem of arsenic contamination in different ways. The study aimed to identify the causes for different response patterns among people in the two study villages to understand the difference in community response patterns. This study was conducted in the areas where BRAC has been working to mitigate the arsenic problem for more than a year and has already completed the testing of tubewells and the awareness level of the people. BRAC distributed .......

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  • Writer Name Md. Jakariya
  • Published Date Friday, 04 April 2003
  • Country Bangladesh
This study looked into the economics of tobacco cultivation in Bangladesh. At the macro level, the importance of tobacco farming has been declining. However, a survey conducted on 300 tobacco farmers in 19 villages of Rangpur and Kushtia revealed the increasing importance of tobacco at the micro level with more than a quarter of the sample farmers joining the rank of a tobacco farmer in the past five years. The driving force behind this phenomenon has been the apparent profitability of .......

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  • Writer Name Firdousi Naher, AMR Chowdhury
  • Published Date Thursday, 10 October 2002
  • Country Bangladesh
One of the most daunting challenges facing the world today in the field of health is the issue of maternal mortality. Here in this study we examine the delivery care practices with particular emphasis on the barriers and opportunities in seeking skilled attendance by the poorest sections of the community. This study explores new knowledge on access to skilled attendance at delivery among the poorest women. The study was conducted with the following objectives:- Explore the situation of .......

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  • Writer Name A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury, Amina Mahbub, Anita Sharif Chowdhury
  • Published Date Tuesday, 01 January 2002
  • Country Bangladesh
Since 1975, research and evaluation has been an inextricable part of BRAC's mission, providing an analytical basis for BRAC's programmatic decisions, allowing BRAC to learn from its mistakes, and helping BRAC to share the impact and lessons from its work with academics, NGOs, and development agencies around the world. Probably the largest NGO research division in the world, the Research and Evaluation Division (RED) undertakes many of its studies in cooperation with international research and .......

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  • Writer Name Shayna L Storm
  • Published Date Wednesday, 10 October 2001
  • Country Bangladesh