Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable households in Bangladesh

In order to understand the real-time impact of the pandemic on vulnerable households across Bangladesh, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), in partnership with the Underprivileged Children’s Education Programme (UCEP), conducted a two rounds of surveys with parents across Bangladesh in July and December 2020. These are parents who had intended to enrol their children in a remedial education program, ROLLS, developed and run by UCEP. The ROLLS program targets youth who have not yet completed a grade 4 education. Consequently, the families it serves have relatively low socio-economic status (SES). The purpose of these surveys was to learn how households have fared during the pandemic, particularly in the aftermath of the initial economic lockdowns.