Mobile Phone Usage and Livelihood Asset in a Developing Country, Bangladesh

Dilruba Chawdhury

Abstract


The telecom sector in Bangladesh, like many other developing countries, has seen growth in mobile penetration that has surpassed all expectations. In this context, a household survey-based study has been conducted to explore the impact of rural telecom on rural livelihood assets. Multiple tools of methodology have been used in this study. Various techniques (both quantitative and qualitative) were employed to explore the situation of mobile phone user in rural areas of Bangladesh. Purposive random sampling and case study method have been pursued to collect information from the respondents. In consonance with the conceptual framework, an in-depth interview schedule was constructed to collect the data from the primary sources. In addition, the extracted result would provoke the government for initiating public-private partnerships to reach the village poor with mobile phone heavily subsidized so that the people with comparatively low income could have easy access to communication device thus enhancing their living standard. Being one of the first its kind in Bangladesh, the study has the potential to be the basis for future studies in the context of Bangladesh.

Aus. & NewZe J. Soci Busi. Env. Sus. Vol 4(1), April 2018, P 1-11

  


Keywords


Livelihood Asset; Livelihood outcomes; Village Pay Phone

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