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Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh: A Case Study of Two NGOs


  • Mohammad Samiul Islam

    () (Department of Public Administration, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh)


Empowerment of women is a holistic concept. It is a multi-dimensional approach and it covers social, political, and economic aspects. This paper used questionnaires and focus group discussions to shed light on the question if non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have increased women’s empowerment in Bangladesh. Looking at two study areas and two NGOs (the Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) and Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK)), the results of the case study show that these two NGOs have helped women with economic empowerment, but that progress with women’s overall empowerment has been limited.

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  • Mohammad Samiul Islam, 2014. "Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh: A Case Study of Two NGOs," Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) BDRWPS No. 23, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC).
  • Handle: RePEc:bnr:wpaper:23

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    1. Pitt, Mark M & Khandker, Shahidur R & Cartwright, Jennifer, 2006. "Empowering Women with Micro Finance: Evidence from Bangladesh," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 54(4), pages 791-831, July.
    2. Lex Loro, 2013. "Women’s Empowerment as a Result of Microcredit Loans in Bangladesh?," Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) BDRWPS No. 18, Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC).
    3. Khandker, S.R. & Khan, Z. & Khalily, B., 1995. "Sustainability of a Government Targeted Credit Program; Evidence from Bangladesh," World Bank - Discussion Papers 316, World Bank.
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    gender; women; empowerment; microcredit; Bangladesh;

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