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Bangladesh Program to End Modern Slavery (B-PEMS) AugroJatra Climate Change is a four-year project implemented by Winrock International and funded by the US Department of State (USDOS). The goal of B-PEMS is to measurably and substantially reduce the prevalence of human trafficking in Bangladeshi farming and fishing households vulnerable to climate change through transformational change (a) at the institutional level by enhancing policies and plans to acknowledge the intersectionality of climate change and human trafficking; (b) at the household level by increasing awareness of and access to proactive adaptive options; and (c) at the global community of practice level by contributing to the currently limited evidence base on the relationship between climate change and human trafficking. Winrock in collaboration between University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI), and dRi has undertaken a research study through a series of data collection exercise for assessing the impact of project activities. The study is designed to conduct following a Census and panel surveys of Household (HH) in 11 districts of Bangladesh to directly and indirectly measure human trafficking prevalence and its potential variation over time.

The primary respondents are the head of households which derive their income from agricultural, aquacultural, or fishing activities and have either a female member aged between 12 and 30 years or a male member aged between 15 and 35 years. A clustered randomized controlled trial (RCT) has been conducted to evaluate the impact of a subset of Winrock’s planned activities in targeted regions of Bangladesh. The study is divided into 03 phases including baseline survey, midline survey and endline survey.
At the onset of the study, dRi has conducted 1,89,425 HH census in the control and treatment areas to identify the eligible HHs in those regions as well as to facilitate the listing of 5,400 HHs for the panel surveys during baseline, midline and endline data collection. Recently dRi has collected data from 5,400 HHs for baseline using in-person CAPI surveys. As per the design of the study, the endline surveys will be also conducted through in-person CAPI surveys and the midline surveys will be conducted through 04 rounds of mobile phone follow-up (CATI) surveys with 5,400 HHs.


Serial No: 255

Theme: Environmental and Climate Issues

Research Method: Quantitative Method

Partner: Winrock International

Starting Year: 2023

Study Area: Bagerhat, Barisal, Faridpur, Gaibandha, Khulna, Lalmonirhat, Madaripur, Patuakhali, Rangpur, Satkhira and Shariatpur