Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman today said considering human dignity as an indicator of the development is a unique instance.
He came up with the observation while speaking at a book unveiling ceremony in the capital.
Speaking as the chief guest, Dr Mashiur Rahman said the concept of human dignity is not usually considered in discussions of economics or growth.
The study conducted on PKSF’s ENRICHES Programme considering human dignity as an indicator of development, which is a unique one, he said.
The economist hoped that the ‘ENRICH Programme’ will be expanded in future.
Chaired by PKSF chairman and renowned economist Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, the function was addressed, among others, by PKSF managing director Dr Namita Halder and PKSF additional managing director Md Jasim Uddin.
Started in 2010, the PKSF’s ENRICH Programme is currently being implemented in 197 unions under 61 districts of the country. Under this programme, various services are being provided to 60 lakh members of 13.36 lakh families through 111 partner organisations.
To assess the effectiveness of the programme, Prof Dr Martin Greeley of the University of Sussex and associate professors of Dhaka University Dr Asif M Shahin and Dr Shubhasish Barua conducted an independent study on it.
The study reveals that the impact of the special credit service offered by the ENRICH on the wellbeing and occupational changes at household level.
The ENRICH has a strong positive impact on the wellbeing of the households, measured by per capita real monthly income and real monthly expenditure on clothing but not on food expenditure.
ENRICH loan component has a statistically significant impact on improving the occupational status of the participant households, the research says.