How Do Intrahousehold Dynamics Change When Assets Are Transferred to Women? Evidence from BRAC’s Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction — Targeting the Ultra Poor Program in Bangladesh

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Narayan Das

BRAC

Rabeya Yasmin

BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Jinnat Ara

BRAC

Md. Kamruzzaman

BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Peter Davis

University of Bath - Department of Economics

Julia Behrman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Shalini Roy

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Agnes R. Quisumbing

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: December 1, 2013

Abstract

We study BRAC’s Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction — Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR-TUP) program in Bangladesh, which targets asset transfer (primarily livestock) and training to rural women in poor households. Previous research has shown large, significant positive program impacts at the household level. In this paper, we examine intrahousehold impacts using mixed methods. We focus on the Specially Targeted Ultra-Poor (STUP) component of the program, which targets households selected following a randomized controlled trial design. Adding a new round of data collection with quantitative sex-disaggregated information and qualitative exploration, we exploit the randomized design to assess intrahousehold impacts of STUP. Our analysis confirms that the program significantly increases household ownership of various assets but has complex effects on the targeted women.

Keywords: Bangladesh, South Asia, Asia, gender, women, assets, evaluation, empowerment, project evaluation, asset transfer, intrahousehold dynamics, impact evaluation

Suggested Citation

Das, Narayan and Yasmin, Rabeya and Ara, Jinnat and Kamruzzaman, Md. and Davis, Peter and Behrman, Julia and Roy, Shalini and Quisumbing, Agnes R., How Do Intrahousehold Dynamics Change When Assets Are Transferred to Women? Evidence from BRAC’s Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction — Targeting the Ultra Poor Program in Bangladesh (December 1, 2013). IFPRI Discussion Paper 01317. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2405712 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2405712

Narayan Das (Contact Author)

BRAC ( email )

66 Mohakhali C/A
Dhaka 1212 Bangladesh
Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Rabeya Yasmin

BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh ( email )

75 Mohakhali
BRAC Center, 75 Mohakhali ,Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Jinnat Ara

BRAC ( email )

75 Mohakhali
BRAC Center, 75 Mohakhali ,Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka-1212
Bangladesh

Md. Kamruzzaman

BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh ( email )

75 Mohakhali
BRAC Center, 75 Mohakhali ,Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Peter Davis

University of Bath - Department of Economics ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Julia Behrman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Shalini Roy

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Agnes R. Quisumbing

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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