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Integrating gender into World Bank financed transport programs : case study - Bangladesh Third Rural Infrastructure Development Project (RDP 21) (anglais)

In Bangladesh road transport plays a major role in the movement of people and commodities. Rural roads cover 90 percent of the total road network of the country and the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is responsible to develop and maintain the roads. With the objective to reduce poverty in addition to develop roads, since 1984 LGED has been developing other infrastructures related to rural development through various rural development projects. These projects are designed to be labor intensive to provide employment to the rural poor and with the creation in 1998 of the National Policy for the advancement of women, women are specially targeted. The Third Rural Infrastructure Project (RDP 21) is one of these projects which began to be designed in 1994, was implemented in 1998 and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2004. The project is being designed with a long term vision by combining transport with other infrastructures and support services. Gender issues have been incorporated in the project with great importance at the request of the donors as well as in compliance with the government policy by giving great importance in empowering women through providing them with economic opportunities. Gender awareness has been increased among the officials and staffs of the implementing agencies as well as other stakeholders of different levels in the community. Community participation has been identified as part of the design and planning phase to make it sustainable and assure the optimum use of these infrastructures. The experience from this project shows that, in order to integrate gender into any transport project, multiple components need to be taken into a project in a balanced fashion.


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    Khatun, Dr. Hafiza

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    Asie du Sud,

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    Integrating gender into World Bank financed transport programs : case study - Bangladesh Third Rural Infrastructure Development Project (RDP 21)

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