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Impact of arsenic contamination in groundwater on poverty and choice of mitigation technology for rural communities in Bangladesh

Research Team: A K Enamul Haque, M. Zakir Hossain Khan and Joyashree Roy Sponsored by: South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) The study focuses on arsenic contaminated water in rural areas to understand three main objective. (i) to understand how household utilizes its resources and the condition of poverty when arsenic related illness occurs. (ii) the compensating measures taken by households and community. (iii) analyze precautionary and preventionary measures taken...

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11 Oct 2017
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Economics of Rice Residue Burning in the South-West region of Bangladesh

Lead Researcher: Mohammed Ziaul Haider Sponsored by: South Asian Network For Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) The study advocates the short term benefit of rise residue burning for the farmers, despire the fact that it produces carbon emission and burning rise fields adds little or no value to social welfare. This study develops a strategy to manage crop residue for the farmers because using rise residue in household activities like cooking adds...

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17 Jul 2017
in Contemporary Issues

What to expect from the upcoming budget

Wahiduddin Mahmud, The Daily Star, Published: May 28, 2017 The upcoming budget for 2017-18 will cover the last full financial year before the general elections. There will inevitably be some elements of populism, which is not always bad since political incentives sometimes coincide with genuine public interests; but this budget also provides a chance for the government to be seen to consolidate the economic achievements that are claimed to have...

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28 May 2017
in Contemporary Issues

Rethinking the modus operandi of SME programmes

Anika Anjum The Financial Express, Published: February 25, 2017 The term “Small Enterprise Financing” appeared in Bangladesh’s literature as early as 2003, coinciding with the introduction of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the business and financial spheres. Bangladesh Bank (BB) introduced SME credit policies and programmes in 2008-09 involving bank and non-bank financial institutions. The definition of an SME varies extensively. In the financial domain, an SME is the...

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25 Feb 2017
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Strengthening analysis and presentation of social security-related data in 2016 Household Income and Expenditure Survey of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics

Lead Researcher: Dr. Sajjad Zohir Sponsored by: The United Nations World Food Programme The study is meant to engage services of the ERG research team to: a) Strengthening the agency’s role as the primary source of information on social security by supporting BBS expand the routine social security-related analysis presented in its HIES report. b) Contribute towards capacity-building within BBS for undertaking SSP analyses. c) Develop a supplementary technical report for the SS...

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26 Jun 2016
in Research Completed

Innovative MSE Financing Products and Delivery Channels in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges

Research Team: Dr. Sajjad Zohir, Dr. Shafiun N Shimul, Dr. Asad Karim Khan Priyo, Tariq Ali, K M Masnun Hossain. Sponsored by: Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) Project. The overall objective of this study is to understand the regulatory barriers in product innovation and of innovative products; and the following reformulation of the study objectives is proposed: a) To identify the regulatory barriers faced by the financial service providers...

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26 Jun 2016
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Review of SME Credit-related Policies of Bangladesh Bank – Areas of further improvement with a focus on Micro and Small Enterprise (mSE) Finance

Research Team: Sajjad Zohir, K. A. M. Majedur Rahman, Md. Iqbal Hossain, Anika Anjum Sponsored By: Nathan Associates (London) Limited The overall objective of the study was to understand the stakeholder perspectives and experience of using the mE and SME policy of BB. The main objectives were: Recommending suitable unified definition of mSMEs that will contribute to the current draft SME Strategy document of the Ministry of Industry; Appraising the feasibility of...

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11 May 2016
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