BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh

BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh

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A critical examination of the impact of BRAC, the worlda€™s largest NGO, on the status of women in Southern Bangladeshi cultural life. Founded in 1972 and now the largest NGO in the world, BRAC has been lauded for its efforts aimed at lifting the poor, especially women, out of poverty. In BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh, Manzurul Mannana€”while not denying the many positive accomplishments of BRACa€”places the organization under a critical microscope. Drawing on his experience as a Bangladeshi native and BRAC insider, Mannan provides unique insights into not only BRACa€™s phenomenal growth and its role in diffusing western and development ideologies but also, more importantly, how target populations have been affected culturally and socially. He explains how BRAC has employed western ideas, theories, and philosophies of agency when engaging in development interventions in even the remotest villages, seeking to transform social structures, womena€™s status, and the local polity. The resulting intermingling of exogenous perspectives with local knowledge leads to a degree of inconsistency and dissonance within BRACa€™s own operations, while generating opposition from local commoners and elites. Cautionary yet hopeful, the book advocates greater cultural sensitivity as a way to mitigate conflict between BRAC and the constituencies it serves.2001. Inside Organizations. Anthropologists at Work. Oxford, New York: Berg. Geschiere, Peter. 2000. a€œMoney versus Kinship: ... a€œIs the West the Mirror or the Mirage of the Evolution of Humankind?a€ In The ... An Applied Anthropology Manual.

Title:BRAC, Global Policy Language, and Women in Bangladesh
Author:Manzurul Mannan
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2015-08-31


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