The Demand for and the Impacts of Solar Lanterns in Northern Part of Bangladesh

Principal Investigator

• Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy
• Dr. Yuya Kudo
• Dr. Kazushi Takahashi

Project Area

Subdistrict: Rajibpur

District: Kurigram

Project Background


Project Description

With the Fund assistance by IDE-JETRO, Japan and KOPERNIK, Indonesia “The Demand for and the Impact of Solar Lantern in Northern Part of Bangladesh” has started its journey from April 2013 with conducting rigorous school visit in the form of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). Visit to 28 schools and meeting with School Management Committees (SMCs) and teachers have produced a pool of around 2500 population’s short data set to choose potential samples among. Among 2500 population we have chosen 1292 sample to conduct a baseline survey (panel 1). Finally, after sorting out through rigorous scrutiny we have conducted baseline survey for 911 households.
Shortly after conducting baseline survey we engaged in package distribution among sample at each school we find 882 students concurring with our research objectives. We have 436 students under control group, 248 under treatment arm 1 (Three solar lanterns) and 198 under treatment arm 2 (one solar lanterns).
By collecting total six round health information using Spiro-meter and other conventional instruments the project aims at point to point impact of the package within different groups. In addition, six round time diary collection provides usage record and impact in time management record of the targeted pupils.