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  • Blog post

    Tackling extreme poverty: In conversation with Robin Burgess

    Who are the ultra-poor and how can development policy address their particular needs? In today's blog, Professor Robin Burgess discusses the results of a research project with the Bangladesh-based development NGO BRAC. The World Bank defines the poor as those who live on less than $1.90 (USD) day, but millions of people in the developing world survive on even less. Trapped...

    9 Dec 2015 | Robin Burgess

  • News Item

    Pioneering programme helps households climb out, and stay out, of extreme poverty

    A programme pioneered by development organisation BRAC, which aims to help households escape extreme poverty by supporting women to set up their own small businesses, not only works but its benefits increase in the long term, according to an evaluation[1] led by researchers at the IGC. BRAC’s ‘Targeting the Ultra-Poor’ programme has benefitted 1.6 million...

    9 Dec 2015

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Growth brief: Transforming the economic lives of the ultra-poor

    Despite considerable progress in recent decades, nearly 1 billion people worldwide live below the international extreme poverty line of $1.90 per day. A group that has been particularly hard to reach with anti-poverty programmes are the ‘ultra-poor’. With low assets and few skills, the ultra-poor work largely in insecure wage labour, do not participate in...

    9 Dec 2015 | Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Upaasna Kaul

  • Project

    Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    High-quality bureaucracy and effective public service delivery have been shown to be fundamental ingredients of growth and development.  Accordingly, the Government of Bangladesh has made a priority of improving government effectiveness and administrative capacity, as stated in their 7th five-year plan published in April 2015.  In this plan for 2021, recruitment,...

    18 Nov 2015 | Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, Laura Litvine

  • Publication - Policy note

    Growth and distribution: The Bangladesh experience

    Since the turn of the 1990s Bangladesh’s GDP growth has embarked on a rising trajectory, taking the Bangladesh economy to a substantially higher growth path. Growth of GDP accelerated from about 3.7 percent in the first two decades to 4.8 percent in the 1990s and further to 5.8 percent in the 2000s. The growth spurt, in combination with continued slowdown in population...

    9 Nov 2015 | International Growth Centre

  • Blog post

    Closing the gender gap: The face of women in farming

    Migration and remittance flows have radically altered the opportunities previously available to men and women to engage and participate in labour markets. Migrants workers, most commonly men searching for more lucrative jobs, send back remittances to households. In their absence, the emerging gaps in the labour markets are now increasingly being filled by...

    4 Nov 2015 | Sameeha Suraiya

  • Blog post

    SDG 11: Supporting the delivery of cities that work for all

    Continuing with our series on the SDGs and the new global agenda, Shabana Shiraz considers how Goal 11, which focuses specifically on urban development can aid existing efforts across South Asia to tackle inequality and make cities safer and more sustainable. This post forms part of a cross-blog series on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development run by the...

    7 Oct 2015 | Shabana Shiraz

  • Project

    Mobile banking and remittances among garment workers in Bangladesh: An experimental study

    Mobile money has been shown to have a positive impact on household poverty reduction. However, little experimental evidence exists on the impacts of mobile money on household financial and risk management. We used a randomised experiment to study the adoption, impacts, and perceptions of mobile money in Bangladesh. We found that mobile money adoption has positive...

    5 Oct 2015 | Abu Shonchoy, Jean N. Lee, Jonathan Morduch, Hassan Zaman

  • Project

    Contractual flexibility in the credit market, selection into borrowing, and firm growth: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh

    Evidence shows microfinance borrowing firms and households fail to see substantial increases in business growth or consumption resulting from loans. Researchers evaluated the direct and indirect effects of a new flexible BRAC loan contract through a randomised control trial. Results showed increasing repayment flexibility improved the effectiveness of microfinance...

    2 Oct 2015 | Selim Gulesci, Andreas Madestam, Marianna Battaglia

  • Blog post

    Injecting science into the GMO debate

    Much of the policy discourse around GMOs and regulation continues to be fed by ideological posturing, not science. In this blog, Farria Naeem, IGC Country Economist in Bangladesh, calls for a greater commitment to understanding the science and evidence on GMOs and the role they could play resolving Bangladesh’s food-security challenges. One main reason behind the...

    18 Sep 2015 | Farria Naeem