Women's Empowerment in South Asia: NGO Interventions and Agency Building in Bangladesh, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women's Empowerment in South Asia

NGO Interventions and Agency Building in Bangladesh, 1st Edition

By Pranab Panday


110 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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Economic development in the poorest countries often makes better progress when women become involved in, and take a lead in, development projects. Encouraging women’s involvement, however, is often a major difficulty in societies where traditionally women’s status has been inferior and where women are expected to be domestic and passive. This book, based on extensive original research, considers major projects undertaken by non-governmental organisations in Bangladesh to encourage women’s participation. The book identifies the factors which motivated women to be active, discusses how women achieved the level of capacity and knowledge to enable them to serve their communities appropriately, assesses the major difficulties and recommends how empowerment projects can be improved in future. The book concludes that established institutions and traditional customs are often the greatest barrier to women’s participation.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Scene

2. NGOs in Agency Building and Women Empowerment: State Substitutes in a Neo-Liberal World

3. NGOs in Bangladesh

4. Getting Women heard

5. Transformation of Power: A Wave of Change

6. People Change The System

7. Conclusion

About the Author

Pranab Panday is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email: [email protected]


Editorial Board:

Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)

Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales) 

Michele Ford (The University of Sydney)

Trude Jacobsen (Northern Illinois University)

Tanya Jakimow (University of New South Wales)

Lenore Lyons (Independent scholar)

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)

Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Dina Siddiqi (New York University)

Andrea Whittaker (The University of Queensland)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General