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GCRF project: “An investigation of the role of digitalisation as an enhancing factor for poverty and gender inequality in LDCs: The case of Bangladesh”

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Amongst the United Nations’ seventeen global goals for sustainable development, “No poverty” and “Gender Equality” sit respectively as #1 and #5. Yet in countries like Bangladesh, compared to the rest of the world, the evidence of enhanced poverty and gender inequality has been profound in recent years.
Digitalisation on the other hand is one of the most significant breakthroughs in todays’ society where the rapid proliferation of information through digital technology-based information system is regarded as a necessary ingredient for economic development in today’s “knowledge society”. But how does digitalisation impact poverty and gender inequality? Does it enhance them or does it diminish them? By analysing a large sample of primary data collected from a wide range of districts in Bangladesh, we seek to establish that digitalisation, while accelerates knowledge turnover in today’s society, can also exacerbate poverty and gender inequality as women tend to have poor access to technology-based information especially in the rural areas of Bangladesh. Our results will provide strong policy measures which, if implemented, can potentially thwart the widening of the gender inequality especially in LDCs like Bangladesh and can promote countries’ economic welfare through poverty reduction.
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/07/20

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