In February 2017 the Impact Initiative brought Bangladeshi development leaders together with researchers focused on the country, to explore what has made Bangladesh’s development so successful, and the role that research has played in this success.
As part of Bangladesh in Focus event, we interviewed five high-profile participants to capture and share their ideas, to get their advice on the value of research, and to discuss how this has contributed to Bangladesh’s highly successful development.
Further details of the 'Bangladesh in Focus' event, and common themes arising from the interviews below, can be found in a blog by Elaine Mercer (IDS): Bangladesh in focus: successful development through inclusive and sustainable research.
Interviews with participants
"This [ESRC-DFID's Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation] has been an invaluable programme for us it has been a long-term partnership which is vital to research in critical areas of gender, population and health dynamics and around issues of governance [and] accountability in particular".
Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University.
"Research has supported inclusive and sustainable development in Bangladesh through long-term partnerships… you need more long-term, multidisciplinary research to understand that problem and come up with lessons that will be able to inform policy".
Simeen Mahmud, Head of Gender Cluster and Lead Researcher, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University.
This project seeks to understand the gender dynamics of the labour market in the context of Bangladesh. Labour markets are recognised as key institutional routes through which the benefits of growth are distributed across populations. Moreover, empirical research suggests that women’s access to labour market opportunities, particularly those which offer predictable incomes and ‘decent’ working conditions, can strengthen their voice and agency within the family and in the wider community.