Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation Agreement: Evidence from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

Methodology

  1. The study aims to use the qualitative data analysis (QDA) to analyse the primary information received from the field survey. QDA will provide the results on the basis of experiences and views of the concerned stakeholders. Country-specific cases will be presented finally in a project report to highlight country-specific hurdles faced by women entrepreneurs. These case studies will provide the solutions of their problems from their own perspective.
  2. All the information will be collected through field visits. The points taken from Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), such as stakeholder consultations, will also be a part of the analysis. The FGDs will be conducted at strategic nodes within as well as outside the corridors to know the perception and views from the larger perspective. This will help in understanding the situation at macro level. Solutions from women respondents will also be discussed through FGDs with policy makers and other macro level stakeholders’ to convert them into feasible policy recommendations. All the recommendations would be divided into three categories (short term/medium term/long term) as per the required time frame for their implementation.
  3. While preparing case studies, the study will use various statistical tools (tests of hypothesis and indices) to analyse the level of financial and digital inclusion among surveyed women. The study will use the guidance note prepared by Higgins (2012) to evaluate the existing situation of trade facilitation initiatives in BBIN countries and suggest appropriate policy actions to add gender dimensions into the existing one.