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NORTHERN AREAS REDUCTION-OF-POVERTY INITIATIVE (NARI) is a pilot project intending to enable access to employment opportunities in the garment sector for poor and vulnerable women living in the Northwestern districts of Bangladesh namely Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat. The goal of the project is to support such women by providing information, technical and life skills training, transitional housing, and other support to adjust to urban life and formal sector employment. The project expects to improve the career prospects, job status, incomes, and economic conditions of the women recruited from the backward regions of the country, and thus, to contribute to their overall empowerment through the capacity development activities of the project are expected to enhance the career prospects. The study is adopted to learn how well the graduates have fared post-training in terms of their economic and social empowerment by assessing the extent of the change in the NARI graduates’ career prospects (particularly in the RMG sector), economic welfare and stability, decision-making power and empowerment, and overall status in society. The findings of the study provided feedback that would be critical for understanding the project’s potential impact on gender disparities in employment and development upon scale-up.

Theme: Gender Rights and Violence

Research Method: Quantitative

Project Status: Accomplished

Starting Year: 2019

Donor: The World Bank

Study Area: Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat