Part I of this paper reviews existing literature from different parts of the world on women’s status and ongoing studies in Bangladesh on the impact of development interventions on women’s status. The relevance of standard definitions, concepts, and measures of women’s status to the assessment of change in the everyday lives of women is questioned. Part II describes the institutional context of women’s lives in rural Bangladesh and the key clients and variables which determine women’s .......

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  • Writer Name Marty Chen, Simeen Mahmud
  • Published Date Friday, 03 March 1995
  • Country Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, patriarchal norms, ideology and social institutions shape women's role and status in the society. Within this patriarchal system, some forces like NGOs may affect the relationship between men and women with respect to prestige, power and control, by enhancing or lowering the status of women in different spheres and locations.This descriptive qualitative study was conducted over a three months period as a part of BRAC-ICDDR,B Joint Research Project in Matlab. Of the three .......

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  • Writer Name Amina Mahbub
  • Published Date Sunday, 09 September 2001
  • Country Bangladesh
General AimThe broad aim of this project is to exploit the fortuitous introduction of a proven integrated social and economic development programme into an area that has a highly developed research infrastructure for collection of information, and to try and document the health impact of such interventions.Specific AimsSpecifically, this project aims to facilitate research in connection with BRAC's Rural Development Programmeme (RDP) in Matlab with special emphasis on (a) impact on .......

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  • Writer Name Abbas Bhuiya, Mushtaque Chowdhury
  • Published Date Thursday, 02 February 1995
  • Country Bangladesh
BRAC introduced a programme designed to meet the special needs of the extreme poor called, ‘Challenging the Frontier of Poverty Reduction: Targeting Ultra Poor (TUP)’ programme in 2002. The programme consists of economic and health inputs designed to create sustainable livelihoods. However, it was felt that the assets they received might be vulnerable to theft and damage. To offset this potential problem, BRAC created local institutions of village elites called Gram Shahayak Committees (GSCs) .......

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  • Writer Name Karishma Huda, Sabeel Rahman, Catherine Guirguis
  • Published Date Monday, 07 March 2005
  • Country Bangladesh
This study explores the effect of women`s involvement in BRAC`s income and health development activities on the nutritional status of their children aged 6-72 months. MUAC measurements of 1,518 children aged 6-72 months (using TALC) were taken between April-August 1995 under the BRAC-ICDDR,B joint research project in Matlab using a four-cell-study design. Data analysis consisted of both bivariate and multivariate analysis, along with comparison with similar data from a baseline survey done in .......

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  • Writer Name Masuma Khatun, Abbas Bhuiya, Mushtaque Chowdhury
  • Published Date Wednesday, 11 November 1998
  • Country Bangladesh
Background Understanding the morbidity profile and health care-seeking behaviour of different socioeconomic strata of the community is important for planning and delivery of appropriate health services, especially for the poor. This paper attempts to explore the effects of the BRAC development interventions on changes in health care-seeking behaviour of the beneficiary households. It is hypothesized that BRAC’s economic and non-economic inputs (like preventive health and nutrition .......

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  • Writer Name Syed Masud Ahmed, Mushtaque Chowdhury, Abbas Bhuiya
  • Published Date Thursday, 01 January 1998
  • Country Bangladesh
The study was designed with the intention of developing a viable scale, for measuring psychological well-being as an indicator of the quality of life of rural women. A scale was prepared and finalised by applying and analysing it on married women of Matlab. The eighteen plus (18+) respondents were selected randomly from the villages covering both NICH-FP and BRAC’s Rural Development Programmes. The items derived from five domains related to the psychological well-being and were subsequently .......

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  • Writer Name Mohsina Khatun, Nasreen Wadud, Abbas Bhuiya, Mushtaque Chowdhury
  • Published Date Monday, 02 February 1998
  • Country Bangladesh
This study explored women’s participation in BRAC’s rural development programme to identify some unobserved selecting factors that are believed to influence women s decision to participate or not and, the effect of group dynamics on individual outcomes of women programme participants. The data used for the study originates from BRAC-ICDDR,B Joint research project in Matlab (April-Aug. ‘95). Ever married women aged between 15-50 years in 2,241 households of 14 villages with BRAC interventions .......

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  • Writer Name Simeen Mahmud, Samiha Huda
  • Published Date Monday, 02 February 1998
  • Country Bangladesh
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