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Integrating Gender Policy in Microfinance: Community Development Centre (CODEC), Bangladesh
This paper presents the case of the Community Development Centre (CODEC), an NGO in Bangladesh, which works with the fish worker communities and other very poor households. It describes the CODEC program, its gender policy and its contribution to women’s empowerment.The paper argues that the CODEC experience highlights the cost-effectiveness of integrating gender throughout policy and at different levels of an organization. Finally, the paper identifies the broader implications for other mixed-sex community-based organizations which aim to empower women through microfinance in an integrated development program.