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  • Blog post

    Climate priorities: Health and environmental impacts of brick kilns in Bangladesh

    Brick kilns are a major source of air pollution in Bangladeshi cities. Not only do they pose serious health and pollution risks, but also contribute to widespread labour rights violations. Research and policy should focus on identifying feasible alternatives to bricks and strict monitoring of the industry.  The fundamental component of construction, bricks and brick...

    7 Nov 2022 | Ashfaqul Chowdhury

  • Project

    Can light-touch accelerator programmes foster business performance? Evidence from ICT enterprises in Bangladesh

    The ICT sector in Bangladesh is rapidly growing, creating high-skilled jobs for youth as well as diversifying the export base. However, so far there is limited evidence on the impact of business incubation and accelerator programmes on firm survival and growth. To fill this evidence gap, this research examines the impact of a light-touch business accelerator support...

    3 Aug 2022 | Abu Shonchoy, Israt Jahan, Norihiko Matsuda

  • Blog post

    How COVID-19 affected women and children: Evidence from Bangladesh

    The COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world, disrupting people and economies. Bangladesh was especially susceptible to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic because of its strong ties to the global economy. These negative demand shocks persisted throughout and after the pandemic. To explore the effects of the pandemic on women and children in vulnerable...

    11 Jul 2022 | Emily Beam, Sohini Chaparala, Priya Mukherjee

  • Blog post

    Progressing female labour force participation in Bangladesh

    Despite impressive achievements in schooling and microfinance for women, Bangladesh still has low female labour force participation. Data from rural Bangladesh suggests that strengthening agro-processing may increase female employment and productivity.  The success story of Bangladesh in advancing opportunities for women is well known. By 2015, Bangladesh became one of...

    31 Mar 2022 | Ashfaqul Chowdhury

  • Blog post

    Learning to navigate a new financial technology: Evidence from Bangladesh

    How do consumers learn to navigate a new financial technology? An experiment with workers from Bangladesh suggests that experience makes a difference In the past decade, more than one billion people have gained access to a bank or mobile money account (World Bank 2017).  While this shift has provided households with greater choice and autonomy, there is also...

    16 Feb 2022 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

  • Event

    COVID-19 vs the ultra-poor graduation approach: Evidence from Bangladesh

    https://youtu.be/toqyRSgUfZk You can also listen to the audio event recording here (audio begins at 6.20): IGC Admin · COVID-19 vs the ultra-poor graduation approach: Evidence from Bangladesh   The poorest and the most vulnerable households in low-income countries have been hit hardest by COVID-19. In Bangladesh, an additional 22.9% of the population fell below...

    10 November 2021

  • Publication - Project Report

    Resilient jobs to support Bangladesh’s economic development and equity

    This draft paper identifies eight key opportunities for Bangladesh’s labour market to further support economic development that is inclusive and equitable for all Bangladeshis. In outlining the eight key opportunities, the paper discusses related academic literature, suggests policy and research directions, and identifies the main government agencies responsible for these...

    15 Oct 2021 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The economic effects of COVID-19 on garment factories in Bangladesh

    COVID-19 poses a challenge to the future of Bangladesh’s apparel sector and its economy. This research provides evidence on its economic impact from a survey with a representative random sample of members from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exports Association (BGMEA)’s members. Our survey shows that, on average, BGMEA member factories experienced a...

    13 Oct 2021 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem

  • Publication - Project Report

    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...

    16 Apr 2021 | Emily Beam, Sohini Chaparala, Priya Mukherjee

  • Blog post

    Building back better: Fostering gender equality in Bangladeshi readymade garment industry

    Post-COVID-19 recovery in one of Bangladesh’s largest industries could lead to increased inclusivity thanks to external market pressures.  Editor's note: This blog is part of our International Women's Day campaign and contains findings from this IGC project. In Bangladesh, inclusive and resilient employment generation has received considerable policy focus as a...

    30 Mar 2021 | Farria Naeem