There has been a remarkable transformation of the rural economy in Bangladesh during the last decades leading to significant reductions in poverty. National statistics and other reports have documented the progress in agriculture, infrastructure, health, education and the improved condition for women in rural Bangladesh.
This unique (re)study of a particular village in Bangladesh, named Bhaimara, represents the transformation that has taken place in the country. The study documents with unparalleled clarity and in great detail the progress that has occurred in Bhaimara and the way people perceived the phenomenon. The insights depicted through such observations are hardly found in statistics and aggregate analysis, or in any other existing literature.
The original study, Rural Bangladesh Competition for Scarce Resources (Dhaka: UPL, 1987), was conducted between 1976 and 1980, and the last study between 2010 and 2016. Five households compared over the two time periods through extensive case studies have collectively become the mirror image of how rural Bangladesh got integrated into the national and international economy, opportunities created outside agriculture, and the role played by the Government, NGOs and donors.The book is a must-read for policymakers, politicians, development practitioners, economists, journalists, and anyone who is interested in understanding the nature of Bangladesh’s success story and it’s transition into middle-income status.
Nazibor Rahman is President of Rural Development Movement (RDM), a Non-Government Organization based in Pabna, Bangladesh. RDM experiments with new design and new materials for construction of country boats. He has attended a Diploma Course at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway, 1984-85. He was the Principle Field Researcher of the Country Boat Study, collection much of the information on which this book is based.
Eirik G. Jansen has been a research fellow at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway since 1975. From 1976-78, he was a Visiting Scholar Scholar at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. He has served as a consultant to internatioal agencies and bilateral donors during the last 10 years in bangladesh. He started to conduct research on the country boat sector in Bangladesh in the late 1970s and he was the Project Manager of the Norwegian/Dutch financed Country Boat study. His publishes work include: Rural Bangladesh: Competition for Scarce Resources (Norwegian University Press/Oxford University Press/UPL, Dhaka, 1987). He was a co-author of Rural Poverty in bangladesh: A Report to the Like-minded Group (North South Institute, Ottawa, 1985), and Bangladesh Country