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Can Social Safety Nets Cure Monga in North West Bangladesh?


  • Shahidur R. Khandker
  • Abdul Khaleque
  • Hussain A. Samad


This paper examines the role of social safety net problems run by government and NGOs in mitigating seasonal deprivation in a highly vulnerable region of Bangladesh. The paper also explores whether social safety nets help only avert seasonal deprivation or also address seasonality of income and employment. Using the InM survey form the North West region, the paper finds that social safety nets have a positive impact in mitigating both seasonal and non-seasonal deprivation. The results are robust because of the recent expanded coverage of social safety net programs by NGOs active in this region. However, as monga is a recurrent problem in NW region because of seasonality of agriculture and the region's overwhelming dependence on agriculture for livelihood, social safety nets cannot be a permanent cure for monga eradication. What is also needed is to promote income and productivity of the poor through programs that help diversify income and employment.

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  • Shahidur R. Khandker & Abdul Khaleque & Hussain A. Samad, 2011. "Can Social Safety Nets Cure Monga in North West Bangladesh?," Working Papers 10, Institute of Microfinance (InM).
  • Handle: RePEc:imb:wpaper:10

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    1. World Bank, 2013. "Bangladesh - Poverty Assessment : Assessing a Decade of Progress in Reducing Poverty, 2000-2010," World Bank Other Operational Studies 16622, The World Bank.

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