Jiboner Itihash - Life histories from rural Bangladesh - জীবনের ইতিহাস

In 2007 SDRI coodinator Peter Davis led a team of researchers from DATA Bangladesh in conducting 293 life history interviews in eight districts of Bangladesh. The households selected were a subsample of a CPRC-IFPRI-DATA longitudinal study of poverty dynamics in rural Bangladesh which covered a total of over 2000 households from 14 districts and has been running since 1994. With assistance from Louisa Frears and Rowena Janes, Peter is preparing (rewriting, anonymising and redrawing diagrams for publication) a set of life histories so that they can be used by other researchers. We are starting with 20 life histories which are available here.

All names of people and villages have been changed in the life histories to protect the anonymity of our research participants. District names remain unchanged.

More information on methods used to conduct the life histories.

Full Life Histories






Household Size

Per Capita Expenditure

14AleyaFemale47Tangail District46623
7AliMale45Tangail District69312
9AmenaFemale54Nilphamari District38602
19AmenaFemale35Manikganj District57832
15AminMale61Kurigram District213361
13HabibMale52Tangail District46623
2HeraFemale45Manikganj District49792
8JahanaraFemale52Jessore District214542
4JorinaFemale40Nilphamari District36021
16LitonMale44Manikganj District57832
12MalekMale46Cox's Bazar District99662
3MonirMale46Nilphamari District615924
1OfironFemale25Manikganj District46902
10RahelaFemale37Jessore District68852
18RohimaFemale36Kishoreganj District77732
5RubelMale47Manikganj District321663
11SalehaFemale25Manikganj District45112
17SelinaFemale38Cox's Bazar District511613
6ShireenFemale39Manikganj District321663
20SoniaFemale35Manikganj District410412
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