Global Development & Research Initiative (GDRI)

Dedicated for Research & Development


Training on "How to improve lessons plan"
Total participants will be 280 teachers.

Date: 10th May, 2017 

Location: Chandkhali union Porisodh auditorium, GDRI own office premises, Tala union Porisodh auditorium, union & Dumuriya Porisodh auditorium

Seminar on “Early Childhood Parental Intervention & Parental Invlovement in Bangladesh"   Speaker: Dr.Asadul Islam Associate professor, Monash University, Australia
Venue: CSS Ava center, Khulna


"Investing in our Future: The Early Childhood Intervention and Parental Involvement in Bangladesh"  
Date: 21-29 March, 2017.  Teachers attend a six days training program. Each day two sessions was carried out to prepare teachers for teaching children and for home visit.  

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Can microcredit improve food security among the rural poor?
Asad Islam, Chandana Maitra, Debayan Pakrashi and Russell Smyth

Published by: Ideas for India

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Primary and secondary education: What's happening on the ground 

Asad Islam

Published by: The Financial Express

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The Early Childhood Intervention and Parental Involvement in Bangladesh

Lead Researchers:
Asad Islam (Monash Monash),
John List (University of Chicago),
Ummul Ruthbah (University of Dhaka)

Early childhood is widely recognised as a critical phase of human development, and interventions targeted at this stage have a farther reaching impact than those targeted later in life. Preschool education has been found to confer significant benefits on children in developed countries. Yet, the impact of pre-schooling in developing countries is largely unknown.

The aim of this project is to bridge the gap by systematically evaluating whether introducing pre-schooling in remote rural communities improve cognitive and non-cognitive skills of children and ready for primary school in a developing country like Bangladesh.

The research is supported by DFID and UK research council (ESRC)

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Financial literacy and trading behaviour of small investors in stock market

Lead Researcher(s): 
Kazi Iqbal (BIDS),
Asad Islam  (Monash University)

Improving financial literacy of the small investors is central to the development of a viable financial sector. In this study, we train investors on capital market and examine how such training change the trading behavior of the investors. We collaborate with seven brokerage houses in Dhaka to train the small investors. The professional trainers provide training on the fundamentals of stock valuation. We primarily focus on ‘rule of thumb’ method considering a large number of small investors do not have sufficient accounting knowledge. We conduct the lab-in-the-field experiment to examine how these real small investors’ behaviour in stock trading are affected by their attitudes towards uncertainty, risk-taking behaviour and personality traits.

The research is supported by Faculty of Business Economics at Monash University.

The effects of a randomized controlled health information campaign on sex workers' health, labour, and other outcomes in Bangladesh

Lead Researcher(s):
Russell Smyth (Monash University)
Alex Tan (Monash University)
Choon Wang (Monash University)
Asad Islam  (Monash University)

Sex workers have much higher HIV infection rates than the general population in Bangladesh because they have misconceptions about how HIV/AIDS is spread, poor knowledge about prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and do not consistently use condoms. We collaborate with ICDDR,B for testing STIs of sex workers. The project aims to evaluate whether a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of an innovative health information campaign in Bangladesh: 1) improve sex workers' knowledge about safe sex practices and STIs, as well as their safe sex practices; 2) influence the health and labour market outcomes of sex workers; 3) affect other outcomes of sex workers, such as risk attitudes and other psychometrically valid measures of wellbeing.