Showing all Projects in Bangladesh

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    Economic impacts of COVID-19 on workers and firms in Bangladesh's garment sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic is striking the global apparel value chain extremely hard from multiple directions. Apparel sectors in developing countries, which play critical roles in these countries’ industrialisation and economic growth, are arguably most vulnerable to this shock. In Bangladesh, where the apparel sector constitutes more than 80% of exports, the Bangladesh...

    1 Nov 2020 | Laura Boudreau, Farria Naeem, Rachel Heath

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    Improving state capacity to target extreme poverty: An evaluation of a randomised intervention in Bangladesh

    Scarce resources for social transfers and public services tend to be misallocated where they are needed the most – in developing countries. To improve the allocation, most existing impact evaluations have focused on monitoring, incentives and accountability; and they have largely ignored that local government representatives responsible for selecting beneficiaries of...

    5 Oct 2020 | Atonu Rabbani

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    Worker well-being and productivity in the Bangladesh garment sector

    Recent research suggests stress may affect worker productivity and thereby the accumulation of other forms of human capital. The garment sector is the largest employer of female workers in Bangladesh, the majority of whom have migrated from outside the area where the factories are located. These urban and peri-urban areas are characterised by inadequate basic services and...

    6 Dec 2019 | Atonu Rabbani, Christopher Woodruff, Paula Lopez-Pena, Muhammad Mozumder

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    Demand-driven, private sector enforcement of labour law in Bangladesh

    Global supply chains often extend into weak states with limited social and environmental regulations and with little formal enforcement of existing regulations. Integration into global supply chains provides benefits to firms and workers in these countries (Tanaka, 2016; Atkin et al., 2016). But lack of regulation and lack of enforcement of existing regulation also carry...

    25 Jan 2018 | Noam Yuchtman, Laura Boudreau

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    The impact on cities of a large-scale rural migration programme in Bangladesh

    Seasonal hunger is perhaps the biggest challenge to the reduction of global poverty that has remained largely under the radar. About three hundred million of the world’s rural population live above the poverty line but still suffer from seasonal income insecurity, which occurs between planting and harvest when the demand for agricultural labour falls and the price of food...

    12 Jan 2018 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Ashish Shenoy, Maira Reimão

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    Rebasing and revision of gross domestic product (GDP) of Bangladesh

    This study analysed how to help the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) find ways of improving its national accounts statistics. Extensive discussions were held with the BBS staff in order to identify the areas of weaknesses in the existing procedures and suggest remedies. The study finds that current methodologies are seriously constrained by lack of...

    27 Jul 2017 | Siddiqur Osmani

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    Impact of traffic infrastructure on urban land use in Dhaka

    Dhaka is infamous for its severe traffic congestion. Road traffic is almost the only transportation mode available in the city as of 2015, and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is planned to open in 2019. Previous studies have noted that such traffic congestion constraints the economic activity of the city. For example, Muzzini and Aparicio (2013) document that traffic...

    7 Jul 2017 | Yuhei Miyauchi, Abhijit Banerjee

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    Non-price energy conservation programme and household energy consumption in Bangladesh

    In order to meet the growing energy demand in developing countries and the obligation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, various governments are striving for higher energy production and better energy conservation while achieving sustainable economic development. As a result, countries across the...

    8 May 2017 | Asadul Islam, Liang Choon Wang, Ahsanuzzaman A

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    Mechanisms of participatory development: Fairness norms and value of participation

    Community participation has emerged as one of the dominant approaches in the development sector and it is viewed as an effective way to incorporate local knowledge into planning, implementation and monitoring of interventions, and to reinforce stakeholders' sense of ownership over project assets. However, the existing evidence on the effectiveness of...

    25 Jan 2017 | Selene Ghisolfi, Serena Cocciolo, Jakob Svensson

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    Understanding workers’ knowledge of working conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories

    The garment industry has revolutionised the lives of many people, particularly women, in Bangladesh.  Women have received greater educational investments and postponed marriage and childbearing, and achieved better autonomy household decision-making, the choice of spouse, and the choice to leave abusive marriages.  However, these workers can also face very tough working...

    9 Jan 2017 | Laura Boudreau, Rachel Heath