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Group formation and empowerment: the case of brac and proshika in Bangladesh

Moniruzzaman, Md. (2007) Group formation and empowerment: the case of brac and proshika in Bangladesh. Intellectual Discourse, 15 (1). pp. 37-58. ISSN 0128-4878

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This study analyses the group formation process followed by Brac and Proshika in Bangladesh. Based upon field observation and interviews, it is apparent that the process of Brac and Proshika’s group formation suffers from internal contradiction in setting group objectives. The NGOs expect the groups to remain principally focused on social and political change, but the group members’ objective is to access credit from NGOs and gain economic benefit. The NGO workers remain almost detached from the process and remain unaware of the real group objectives. This produces a gap between the expectations of the NGOs and the offstage negotiated objectives of the groups. Despite this contradiction, the group approach clearly demonstrates the achievement of some desired empowering effects but not through the desired ways of the NGOs. Paying closer attention to the group formation process will help NGOs achieve their desired objectives better.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4157/4627
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT401 Rural groups. Rural sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr. Moniruzzaman Md.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 11:46
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2011 11:46
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4627

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