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Women and water-pumps in Bangladesh : the impact of participation in irrigation groups on women's status

Women's participation and the impact on their status was studied in 35 female and mixed-sex irrigation groups dispersed over the country. The NGO approach, the group strength and the main aim of the enterprise appear to have a strong influence on the outcome. There are female-managed irrigation enterprises in which male relatives are only financially involved, where women's economic, social, familial and personal status improves considerably. On the other hand, there are women's groups where women are only intermediaries for loan-taking, which has a limited impact on their status. Women heads of household contribute to and benefit from such enterprises under all conditions.

This book describes the background, methodologies and conclusions to the studies in detail, with summaries of the policy implications. The authors believe that these insights should encourage further support to gender-balanced agro-technological development in rural Bangladesh and elsewhere.

TitleWomen and water-pumps in Bangladesh : the impact of participation in irrigation groups on women's status
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsKoppen, B. van, Mahmud, S.
Paginationxxxvi, 174 p. + 43 p. annexes : photogr., tab.
Date Published1996-01-01
PublisherIT Publications
Place PublishedLondon, UK
ISBN Number1853393363
Keywordsbangladesh, cab96/5, case studies, community participation, impact assessment, irrigation, motorized pumps, non-governmental organizations, research, socioeconomic impact, women
Abstract

Women's participation and the impact on their status was studied in 35 female and mixed-sex irrigation groups dispersed over the country. The NGO approach, the group strength and the main aim of the enterprise appear to have a strong influence on the outcome. There are female-managed irrigation enterprises in which male relatives are only financially involved, where women's economic, social, familial and personal status improves considerably. On the other hand, there are women's groups where women are only intermediaries for loan-taking, which has a limited impact on their status. Women heads of household contribute to and benefit from such enterprises under all conditions.

This book describes the background, methodologies and conclusions to the studies in detail, with summaries of the policy implications. The authors believe that these insights should encourage further support to gender-balanced agro-technological development in rural Bangladesh and elsewhere.

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