Bangladesh Research Institute for Development (BRID)

Initiative for increasing the production and use of Eco-Friendly Construction Materials (SEP Sub-Project)

Sustainable Enterprise Project (SEP) project is jointly financed by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and World Bank. The objective of SEP is to increase the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices by targeted microenterprises. SEP has selected 30 lead districts as the project working area to demonstrate the project impact on different sub-sectors. The project prioritizes a selected number of polluting microenterprise business clusters and supports the expansion of innovative economic activities conducive to a more sustainable environment.

ESDO are implementing a subproject of SEP, namely, “Initiative for increasing the production and use of Eco-Friendly Construction Materials” in Chirir Bandar and Dinajpur Sadar Upazila under Dinajpur District and Thakurgaon Sadar, Ranisongkoil and Banliadangi under Thakurgaon District of Bangladesh. This 02 year’s June 2021 to May 2023 sub-project will support to achieve global goals of the main SEP project. The sub-project activities will be implemented in the business clusters of eco-friendly construction subsector to improve the overall business and environment of the microenterprises. The main purpose of this subproject is to ensure environment friendly materials in construction process. Furthermore, this subproject aimed at to introduce environment protective construction process to the micro-enterprises to reduce the environment pollution. The use of safety equipment during traditional and modern construction process is the major activities of the subproject.

Now, BRID has taken an initiative as a consultancy firm to conduct a baseline survey to understand the present business, economic and environment status of microenterprises, entrepreneur and their enterprises under eco-friendly construction sector in the sub-project working area as baseline. A total of 400 microenterprises will get different technical and financial supports through the sub-project.

Key Objectives
The baseline survey shall be conducted to know the current business and potentiality of the project business model, existing product in the market, availability of the product, people view about the product, existing technical knowledge of producer and worker, current environmental and health issue, the MEs and their view to the project. The findings from the baseline will help the project to identify the change after project period, so that the changes related to the project interventions and their progress can be evaluated after the project period. Moreover, the survey will establish the baseline situation on a significant number of variables relevant to sales, profit, employment, asset creation, environment and health and safety situation etc. by the project participants.