Overview

Policy-makers and practitioners around the world today readily recognise the integral role of education and gender equality in fostering human and economic development in a society. But facets of these two dimensions of development remain under-researched, with questions that can help design better policy still unanswered: How does improved access to education impact upon gender roles within a traditional society? Does education affect attitudes and beliefs regarding traditional gender roles and subsequent life choices of those exposed to education? Are there investments complementary to schooling that can accelerate social transformation, particularly greater economic participation by women and investment in the health and education of the next generation?

IntEGGrA is a collaborative research initiative among researchers at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, Malaya University in Malaysia and Brac University in Bangladesh to investigate these questions with a focus on countries in South and Southeast Asia. This website is being developed as a outlet for disseminating the research findings and related articles produced by this research team.

Upcoming Events

To be Announced. Please also see announcements on Twitter: @InteggraNews
  

 

Past Events

"Child Marriage in Bangladesh - Current Situation and Potential Solutions"

by Professor Niaz Asadullah and Dr Zaki Wahhaj
East West University Public Seminar
Venue: East West University Faculty Lounge, Aftabnagar, Dhaka
Date: Thursday 3rd September 2015
Time: 16:30 - 18:00 
We will present findings from the 2014 WiLCAS survey and the 2012 BRAC ADP survey
to provide a picture of the current situation regarding child marriage in Bangladesh,
and discuss potential policies to address the issue from a historical perspective.
 
Mr Asaduzzaman Noor, MP and Minister of Cultural Affairs will be the Chielf Guest
at the event. Mahbub Ara Begum Gini, MP and member of the Parliamentary Standing
Committee on Women's and Children's Affairs will attend as special guest.
 

"Ending Child Marriage - Empowering Girls or Strengthening the Rule of Law"

by Professor Niaz Asadullah and Dr Zaki Wahhaj
BRAC Research and Evaluation Division Public Seminar
Venue: BRAC University Auditorium, Bldg-2, 66 Mohakhali, Dhaka
Date: Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
In light of the recent debate regarding proposed changes to age-of-marriage laws,
we will present findings from the 2014 WiLCAS survey and the 2012 BRAC ADP survey
on early marriage and women's voice in their own marriage decisions and explore
their implications for policy.
 
Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University, will be Chief Guest at the event. 
Syeda Rizwana Hassan, Advocate, Supreme Court and Chief Executive of Bangladesh
Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), and Dr Binayak Sen, Research Director of
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), will attend as special guests.
 

"Learning Crisis in South Asia" 

by Professor Niaz Asadullah
BRAC Research and Evaluation Division Public Seminar
Venue: BRAC Centre Conference Room, Dhaka
Date: Monday 24th August 2015
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
The presentation will share preliminary results on the state of student learning
in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh drawing upon insights from WiLCAS 2014 
and BRAC's Adolescent Development Progamme.
 

"Early Marriage and Social Norms: Theory and Evidence from Bangladesh"

by Dr Zaki Wahhaj
UNICEF WCARO Special Seminar 
Venue: UNICEF WCARO 4th floor meeting room, Almadies, Dakar
Date: Monday 23rd June 2015
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
The presentation will focus on the role of social norms in sustaining early marriage
and findings from the WiLCAS 2014 survey in Bangladesh and discuss implications 
for programmes and policies related to adolescent development in developing countries.
 

"Female Education, Economic Participation and Adolescent Development in Bangladesh"

by Dr Zaki Wahhaj
IRD and LARTES Joint Seminar 
Venue: LARTES, Camp Jeremy, Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar
Date: Friday 10th June 2015
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
During the last twenty years, the secondary school enrollment for girls has risen sharply
in Bangladesh and has achieved parity with the enrollment rate for boys. This achievement
is generally associated with a number of educational reforms including stipend schemes
which were launched in Bangladesh in the 1990's as well as increased opportunities for women
in the labour market. During the same period, Bangladesh has experienced a sharp decline in
fertility and increased participation in higher education by girls. 
The presentation will focus on changes in schooling, marriage, fertility and employment of
adolescent girls in Bangladesh over a 20-year period and propose hypotheses for the anomalies
we observe in the trends. The wider objective of this analysis is to gather insights that would
enable donors and policy-makers to formulate more effective programmes for adolescent
development not only in Bangladesh but also in other parts of the world.

Articles in the Print and Electronic Media

The Round Table > Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 18 April 2017
Eradicating Child Marriage in the Commonwealth
by Sajeda Amin, Niaz Asadullah, Sara Hossain and Zaki Wahhaj
 
Ideas for India, 10 April 2017
Cash Transfers to End Child Marriage: The Indian Experience
by Sajeda Amin, Niaz Asadullah, Sara Hossain and Zaki Wahhaj
 
Project Syndicate, 08 March 2017
A Blueprint for Ending Child Marriage
by Sajeda Amin, Niaz Asadullah, Sara Hossain and Zaki Wahhaj
 Reprinted in The Daily Star on 11 March 2017
 
The Conversation, 08 March 2017
Bangladesh’s New Child Marriage Law Swings in the Wrong Direction
by Sajeda Amin, Niaz Asadullah, Sara Hossain and Zaki Wahhaj
  Reprinted in The Huffington Post on 08 March 2017
  Republished by The Wire on 08 March 2017
  Republished by Scroll.In on 11 March 2017
 
Economic and Political Weekly Commentary, 11 February 2017
Can Conditional Cash Transfers Eradicate Child Marriage?
by Sajeda Amin, Niaz Asadullah, Sara Hossain and Zaki Wahhaj
 
Development and Cooperation, Monthly e-Paper, August 2016
by Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj
 
UNU-WIDER Angle Blog, July 2016
by Niaz Asadullah, Fathema Khatoon and Abdul Alim
  Reprinted on the Oxford CSAE blog on 14 July 2016
 
Daily Banik Barta, 10 May 2016
by Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj
 
Open Democracy 50.50, 07 April 2016
by Zaki Wahhaj and Niaz Asadullah
  Reprinted on bdnews24 on 16 April 2016
  Reprinted in the New Age on 09 May 2016
  Reprinted on South Asia @ LSE on 27 July 2016
 
Economic and Political Weekly Commentary, 16 January 2016
 
Development and Cooperation, 03 January 2016
by Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj
  Reprinted in the Dhaka Tribune on 10 January 2016
 
The Daily Star Op-Ed, 13 September 2015
Sustaining Women's Literacy and the SDGs
by Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj
  Reprinted by the Asia News Network on 13 September 2015
 
The Daily Star Op-Ed, 28 August 2015
Child Marriage Law and Freedom of Choice
by Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj
 
BRAC blog, 26 July 2015
Delaying Marriage, Educating the Next Generation
by Niaz Asadullah, Md Abdul Alim and Fathema Khatoon
 
The Diplomat, 06 December 2014
  Reprinted in the East Asia Forum on 09 January 2015
 
World Bank South Asia Blog, 03 November 2014
by Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj
 
The Conversation UK, 10 October 2014
On the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
by Zaki Wahhaj and Niaz Asadullah
  Republished by bdnews24.com on 12 October 2014
 

Press Coverage

Financial Express, Bangladesh
30 May 2016
 
Daily Banik Barta
Interview of Niaz Asadullah:
09 January 2016
 
Brac Blog
08 September 2015
 
Dhaka Tribune
07 September 2015
 
The Independent, Bangladesh
PressNewsBD.com
03 September 2015
  
The Daily Star, Dhaka
03 September 2015
  
Prothom Alo
 
 
 

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