The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh conducted a survey among 2,500 married women in Mirzapur, Ghatail, and Kalihati thanas of Tangail District, and Fulbaria thana of Mymensingh District, in 1993-94, to examine the impact of Grameen Bank on fertility. The sample consisted of randomly selected landless married women in some selected villages of these thanas. Demographic behavior of the Grameen Bank members, NGO members, and non-members were compared.
The study found significant impact of participation in the Grameen Bank on both fertility and child mortality. The findings of the studies have been disseminated in national and international scientific meetings.
To better understand the mechanisms through which the participation in Grameen Bank can influence demographic behavior, we want to conduct a qualitative study through focused group discussions (FGD). The FGDs will be conducted among a sub-sample of the Grameen Bank members, NGO members, and non-members of the previous sample. We will conduct 16-20 FGDs (each focus group will consist of 4-5 women), 8-10 FGDs will be among the Grameen Bank members. The qualitative information will supplement our quantitative findings of the impact of the Grameen Bank on demographic behavior. We are planning to publish several articles in international population journals.
Mizanur Rahman, Ph.D
International Centre for Dlarrhoral Disease Research
GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000