Civil Society, Health, and Social Exclusion in Bangladesh

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  • Anna T Schurmann University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Simeen Mahmud Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i4.3400

Keywords:

Civil society, Health equity, Health systems, Participation, Social exclusion, Bangladesh

Abstract

Civil society has the potential to have a positive impact on social exclusion and health equity through active monitoring and increased accountability. This paper examines the role of civil society in Bangladesh to understand why this potential has not been realized. Looking at two models of civil society action- participation in decentralized public-sector service provision and academic think-tank data analysis-this analysis examines the barriers to positive civil society input into public policy decision-making. The role of non-governmental organizations, political, cultural and economic factors, and the influence of foreign bilateral and multilateral donors are considered. The paper concludes that, with a few exceptions, civil society in Bangladesh replicates the structural inequalities of society at large.

Key words: Civil society; Health equity; Health systems; Participation; Social exclusion; Bangladesh

doi: 10.3329/jhpn.v27i4.3400

J Health Popul Nutr 2009 Aug;27(4):536-544

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Author Biography

Anna T Schurmann, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Anna T. Schurmann
Carolina Population Center
University of North Carolina
CB 8120
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
USA
Email: annaschurmann@unc.edu

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Schurmann, A. T., & Mahmud, S. (2009). Civil Society, Health, and Social Exclusion in Bangladesh. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27(4), 536–544. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i4.3400

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