The Meghna-Dhonagoda Embankment (MDE) is an example of a flood control scheme which also regulates irrigation and drainage of the area inside it. This intervention in the natural functioning of the environment - intended to reduce the often catastrophic impacts of flooding on mankind - itself may have substantial impacts on the environment and humans in the short and long run. These impacts are not well understood and thus are not fully taken into consideration at the time of inception of the .......

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  • Writer Name Saira Y Ansary, Lewis Fulton, Abbas Bhuiya, Mushtaque Chowdhury, Christopher S. Vaughn
  • Published Date Tuesday, 09 September 1997
  • Country Bangladesh
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This report is based on the findings of the case tracking study of 35 BRAC borrowers from Matlab RDP over a period of one year. Tracking began in July 1996, and in all cases more than three months had elapsed before tracking began. The issues examined in this study are: background of the borrowers, use of loan, participation of the women in the use of loan, economic return on investment, borrowing from other sources, mobility of the borrowers or the decision making by the borrowers in their .......

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  • Writer Name Monirul Islam Khan, Mushtaque Chowdhury, Abbas Bhuiya, Masud Rana
  • Published Date Saturday, 10 October 1998
  • Country Bangladesh
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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
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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
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To understand the black box, this paper provides a conceptual framework around which a research protocol is built.PART I: Begins by reviewing definitions of health, paying close attention to the concept that health is a dynamic state with multiple determinants.PART II: Creates a Health Status model of health where the production of health/illness is considered to be based on simplified health inputs giving rise to a resulting health output.PART III: Explores a method of examining the .......

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  • Writer Name Ian Scott, Tim Evans, Richard Cash
  • Published Date Tuesday, 04 April 1995
  • Country Bangladesh
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Of interest in this exploratory study are methods which draw upon the expertise and participation of rural people in assessing change in health and women's lives, and their potential relevance to the BRAC-ICDDR,B Joint Project in Matlab. Its objectives are twofold:1. to assess the effectiveness of various participatory methods as a means of collecting baseline information;2. to identify indigenous indicators of health, wealth and women's status, and to investigate people's perceptions of .......

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  • Writer Name Alayne Adams, Rita Das Roy, Amina Mahbub
  • Published Date Saturday, 06 May 1995
  • Country Bangladesh
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This present proposal concerns research plans for Phase II of the BRAC-ICDDR,B Matlab Joint Project to cover the period 1996 to 2000 AD. While a brief description of Phase 1 is provided here, the object of this proposal is to outline the plans for the second phase of research. Based on the research findings and hypotheses generated during Phase I, Phase II utilises in-depth studies to seek explanations on possible causal pathways, as well as large prospective surveys to determine the impact .......

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  • Writer Name Mushtaque Chowdhury, Abbas Bhuiya
  • Published Date Friday, 12 May 1995
  • Country Bangladesh
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The basic objective of this study was to look at the profit rates made by VO members once they have made investments in projects financed through BRAC loans. BRAC’s twin objectives of employment and income generation as part of its poverty alleviating strategy hinge crucially upon the success of its micro credit programme. Although weekly loan repayments may originate from a variety of sources, the intended channel is via the profits made on their individual micro-enterprisesThis study took .......

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  • Writer Name Hassan Zaman, Saima Rahman, Shahed Hussain, Masud Rana
  • Published Date Tuesday, 23 May 1995
  • Country Bangladesh
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Land ceilings, occupational criteria and asset valuations are commonly used for targeting purposes by credit agencies aiming to direct resources to the rural poor. However a mixture of demand and supply side factors leads to the inclusion of a small group of ‘non target’ households in these credit programmes. This paper starts by examining the differing characteristics of the ‘properly targeted’ versus these ‘non eligible’ members. The next section uses multivariate analysis to identify the .......

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  • Writer Name Hassan Zaman
  • Published Date Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Country Bangladesh
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The role of culture in health care behaviour is one of the basic themes this paper pursues. Other studies report that traditional culture is still a dominant factor in health and demographic behaviour in rural Bangladesh. However, changes in traditional culture and its implications for health behaviour are not studied well. This paper examines the role of development interventions to facilitate such change in addition to verification of different aspects of traditional health behaviour .......

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  • Writer Name Monirul I. Khan, Abbas Bhuiya, Mushtaque Chowdhury
  • Published Date Sunday, 03 March 1996
  • Country Bangladesh
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Paper 1: Selling latrines to the poor: how effective it is?Sadhana Biswas and Syed Masud AhmedPaper 2: Capacity development through training: the case of BRAC village organizationsSharmin Mahbub, Manzurul Mannan, Shahriar R Khan and Masud RanaPaper 3: Monthly meetings of RDP-- Documenting the situation in ten village organizations in MatlabMahmuda Rahman KhanPaper 4: Education for empowerment: a note on BRAC’s Human Rights and Legal Education Programme (HRLEP) at MatlabSamiha .......

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  • Published Date Thursday, 04 April 1996
  • Country Bangladesh
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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
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