Financial Discrimination in Bangladesh

Financial Discrimination in Bangladesh



Sydni Dionna Kidd, Elenore L. Stebbins



Based on the work and data gathered by Counterpart International, a development agency funded by USAID, this presentation examines how financial discrimination in Bangladesh impact gender equality. This is part of a larger program Counterpart International has implemented since 2018, titled, ‘Promoting Advocacy and Rights’ (PAR) in collaboration with local non-government organizations (NGOs). Anchored in the Gender/Women in Development (GID/WID) approach, PAR aims to deepen democratic values within civil society to improve public governance. Financial discriminations are economic factors based on race, gender, economic status, and amount of investment in an area or region. In Bangladesh, rural women have been the most affected by financial discrimination from NGOs and the banks. Several factors are in play when someone experiences discrimination. Counterpart International has done significant work and research for the Bangladeshi people and in fact Bangladesh is also a signatory of major human rights conventions including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). These three particular United Nations treaties help protect citizens from discrimination and crime committed against them by their own country. Counterpart has created different evaluations and reward systems that help monitor this financial discrimination through programs such as Reporting Total Compensation of Recipient Executives, Electronic Payments System, Salary Supplement Guidance and more.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Simanti Dasgupta

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

Financial Discrimination in Bangladesh