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Bangladesh

Recent works that we’ve been doing since last few months.

Bangladesh Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability World to climate change impacts (McCarthy et al., 2001)

The specific objective of the study was to prepare a synthesis for the general readership on climate change issues for Bangladesh. The modality of achieving this objective is to take note of all the important findings in published literature and put it in a form so that the product helps the readership to clearly understand the dynamics of climate change and relate it within the contexts of various relevant sectoral development. It is expected that the publication will help create awareness among the stakeholders and in near future, lead to an ‘informed decision making’ while considering development decisions in vulnerable areas and/or sectors. The synthesis is, therefore, envisaged as a tool to mainstream adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh, in order to achieve the goals and targets of Bangladesh’s Initial National Communication1 (MOEF, 2002) and the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA2) process.

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State of Microfinance in Bangladesh, Institute of Micro finance

This document reports the state of microfinance sector in Bangladesh. The sector has undergone tremendous transformation in all aspects over the last more than three decades following pioneering works of the Grameen Bank. The very visible changes are outreach and portfolio size, proliferation of microfinance through a large number of microfinance institutions, diversification of services, new regulatory regime, contribution in rural development, and recognition of microfinance and as a major contributor in poverty reduction. The methodology of Bangladeshi microfinance model has been replicated with or without variations in many countries and recognized as an excellent tool for poverty reduction. That has also brought international recognition in the form of Nobel Prize for Peace for Professor Mohammed Yunus and the Grameen Bank.

 

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How can ICTs be used and appropriated to address agricultural information needs of Bangladeshi farmers?

This paper investigates the use and appropriation of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) by rural Bangladeshi farmers. It examines farmers’ information needs and how and to what extent those needs can be addressed through the use of different ICT tools and applications and their appropriation in the settings of rural Bangladesh. It has been suggested that ICT applications and services can enable farmers to obtain information on input and output prices, the weather and so forth. The information provided needs to be situationally relevant if it is to enable farmers to improve their farm income and/or reduce their production cost. It is also important to investigate whether or not farmers find it easy to access the information, generated by ICTs. The paper attempts to examine these issues from the point of view of the target beneficiaries – the rural farmers using an action research approach.

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National Discourses on Women’sEmpowerment in Bangladesh: Continuities and Change Sohela Nazneen, Naomi Hossain and Maheen Sultan, July 2011

The paper unpicks how actors of varying degrees of influence and authority have used the concept of women’s empowerment in Bangladesh. These are essentially elite discourses rather than those of the majority of Bangladeshi women, although they may subscribe or contribute to the shaping of them. The paper is explicitly concerned with questions of power at several levels: not only the multiple dimensions of power that processes of women’s empowerment need to address, but also the power of actors to influence thinking, to generate support or create coalitions of interest behind visions of how women should progress; the influence and authority of different forms of knowledge and evidence about women, including interpretations of the preceding decades of purported progress; and the spaces in which such concepts are developed and transmitted and gain credibility.

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Review of Aquaculture and Fish Consumption in Bangladesh

This document therefore attempts to triangulate, or verify, official statistics wherever possible using data drawn from numerous sources, including the government’s Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2005 (BBS, 2007) and Agricultural Sample Survey 2005 (BBS, 2006), which we consider reliable due to the large sample size and rigorous data collection methodologies and procedures employed. Our analysis of the datasets for both surveys suggests that total pond area exceeds that officially reported by the DOF Fisheries Resources Survey System (FRSS) by around 28%, and output by around 23%. This approach suggests that aquaculture and, in particular, more commercially oriented forms of the activity are likely to play a much more important role in meeting national fish consumption needs and alleviating poverty than is currently recognized.

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The Role of ICT in Women’s Empowerment in Rural Bangladesh

The research reported in this paper is part of a wider investigation on the issue of women empowerment through ICT tools in terms of change of perception. The aims of this paper are to identify factors affecting women‟s empowerment;  find the potential of ICT for women‟s empowerment;  implement a model for measuring empowerment; and  identify any perceptual change due to intervention activities.

 

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ICT Sector Study Bangladesh Bridging the Gap between Dutch and Bangladeshi ICT sectors

The aim of this specific report is to provide insights into areas where the Bangladeshi ICT supply
potentially can meet, within the next five years, demand from the Dutch ICT sector. The report
identifies business opportunities of potential interest in Bangladesh to the Dutch ICT offshoring
business community and elaborates on how to strengthen business between Bangladesh and the
Netherlands in this particular field. 

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