Vocational training programs aimed at rapidly growing sectors have the potential to reduce skills gaps and improve firm productivity. Training may also improve the likelihoods of individuals who are disadvantaged by various socioeconomic conditions. However, vocational programs enhancing skills have often been unsuccessful, because they are not driven by industry-demand and market-linkages, and because they are not well targeted. In a rigorous RCT-based impact study conducted by Shonchoy et al. (2015) show that a training-program offered to women and men from poor rural households in northwest Bangladesh has significant effects on employment in garment factories in the great Dhaka area.
Conditional cash transfer (CCT) has emerged as an effective way to encourage households to send children to school. The idea behind the CCT is simple. Households receive some cash transfers conditional on the attendance of their children in school, giving households an incentive to send children to school. From the policy perspective, it would be ideal if the CCT program has a maximum impact on the attendance of children. This study aims to take advantage of the widely observed psychological trait of human being, where people tend to more strongly avert losses than the reduction of the same amount of
Dr. Abu S Shonchoy
Dr. Chikako Yamauchi
Dr. Resmaan Hussam
Improved hygiene practices have direct links with reduction of diarrheal incidents and other water-borne diseases (like impetigo). Simple practices of washing hands with soaps (especially after toilets and before meal), wearing footwear, avoidance of open defecation and proper water treatment and preservation have proven impacts on health outcome. But unfortunately, in Bangladesh like other developing countries this simple preventative health and hygiene habits are substantial, take-up is negligible. Very negligible percent of people showed by UNICEF 2011 who used these preventative measures to improve health outcome were only 54.7. This statistic is considerably lower in remote rural, such as River
Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy
Dr. Kristina Czura
Dr. Simeon Schudy
The "Lab-in-the-field experiments for product demand and group aspects in microlending" is based on a large ongoing Randomized Control Trial (RCT) with 92 borrowing groups in the northern Bangladesh entitled “Reaching the unreached: Credit contract design for the ultra-poor” by Kazushi Takahashi, Abu Shonchoy, Seiro Ito, and Takashi Kurosaki from the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) and the Hitotsubashi University. We in a partners collaboration with University of Munich and Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) initiated the project. The project has been implemented in the river islands, locally known as Chars, of Gaibandha and Kurigram districts of northern Bangladesh mostly populated by poor
The purpose of the study is to understand the economic condition and well-being of the people living in isolated char area of Gaibandha district. MOMODa in partner's association with IDE-JETRO, Tokyo University and Gana Unnyan Kendra (GUK) implemented the project.