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Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman

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Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman received her M.A. in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, England in 1981 and received her Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1991. She has worked in a number of major research projects of BIDS, including an evaluation of the impact of Grameen Bank and BRAC, studies on small scale irrigation projects, assessment of agricultural growth performance and its distributional impact, women in poverty and linkages between employment and poverty in Bangladesh. During the last ten years, she has been involved in policy advising through membership of various committees and participation in policy dialogues of Government, NGOs and Development Partners. She has served as a consultant of ADB during 2004-2005. She has been a resource person of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific during 1995 and 1997-1998. She has also served as a consultant of World Bank, UN-ESCAP, ILO, UNDP and IFPRI. She has published a large number of articles in national and international journals. Her important publications include 'Labour Market in Bangladesh: Changes, Inequities and Challenges', Research Monograph 21, BIDS 2007; 'Poverty Alleviation and Empowerment through Microfinance: Two Decades of Experience' Research Monograph, No. 20, BIDS, 2000; Savings and Farm Investment in Bangladesh, (co-author: M.K. Mujeri), Focus Study Series No. 11, CIRDAP, 2000; Agriculture and Rural Development in Bangladesh (in Bengali, with Dr. Mahabub Hossain), UPL, 2003. She has edited a volume on "Performance of the Bangladesh Economy", BIDS, 2003. In addition, she has contributed to several edited volumes including 'Independent Review of Bangladesh's Development', 2000 and 2004 of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and "Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities in Microenterprises and Public Employment Schemes" edited by Nurul Islam, The Howarth Press Inc, New York, 2006. Her research interests include education, unemployment and labor market, poverty and food security, rural non-farm activities, gender inequity in the labor market and microfinance.

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