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Socio-Economic Assessment for the Northern Areas Reduction-of-Poverty Initiative (NARI) Project


The objective of the Socio-Economic Assessment was to make the project design responsive to labor supply needs of the target population in Bangladesh’s lagging Northern Areas and to labor demand needs of the economic driver in need of labor supply. In the case of NARI, monga-area (northern part of Bangladesh) women were supposed to comprise the target population, from which project beneficiaries would migrate to work in garment sector EPZs. Particular attention was paid to augmenting benefits for the target population and employers in the garment sector EPZs, as well as to minimize and/or mitigate social risks and adverse impacts associated with the implementation of the project.  The Assignment combined social, economic, political and cultural analysis with consultations of the stakeholders and beneficiaries to (i) generate operational recommendations for the project design and (ii) increase ownership among stakeholder groups.


The Consultant was responsible for undertaking six sets of activities for the Assignment:


  • Designed and conducted a Participatory Process for the NARI Project Design;
  • Developed a Targeting and Selection Mechanism for the project beneficiary population;
  • Established a Vulnerability Map of the Labor Supply Chain, identifying compensatory responses to points of vulnerability;
  • Undertook a Market Analysis of Labor Demand;
  • Designed an Information, Communication and Education (IEC) campaign;


Based on the findings from the five previous sets of activities, MSL prepared a Recommendation Report for the NARI Project Design.


Timeframe: April 2010 - July 2010

Realated Countries: Bangladesh

Client(s): World Bank

Categories: Social Protection, Monitoring and Evaluation/ Impact Evaluation

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