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How Do Intrahousehold Dynamics Change When Assets Are Transferred to Women?

International Food Policy Research Institute
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Evaluations and Research

In this paper, we study the impacts on intrahousehold dynamics of BRAC’s Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction—Targeting the Ultra Poor program, which targets asset transfer (primarily livestock) and training to women in very poor households in rural Bangladesh.  Growing evidence shows that the distribution of individuals' ownership and control of assets within a household can have important implications for women’s empowerment and children’s well-being. Interventions that target assets to specific individuals can shift these intrahousehold dynamics, yet little evidence exists from rigorous evaluations.