The Nilphamari district falls under the Rangpur division. The district of 1500 square kilometres includes forests and riverine areas.
The sub district Nilphamari Sadar, the IMAGE work area, has a population of over 430,000 people, living in almost 100,000 households. Roughly half the population is female, and 43,000 of them are between 10 and 19 years of age. Of the total female population, more than two-thirds are married.
Kurigram borders on India in the north and the east. The sub district counts 1900 villages and a total area of 2200 square kilometers.
The total population of 312,000 people counts 160,000 females, living in 72,000 households. Of the females, 105,000 are reported to be married. The number of girls between 10 and 19 years is 31,000.
Gaibanda Sadar, the IMAGE work area, stretches over 2,000 square kilometers and the district is particularly riverine and prone to river erosion.
A little over half the population of the sub district is female: 223,000, with a total population of almost 440,000 people. Over 40,000 are girls between the ages of 10 and 19 years. According to estimates 152,398 females are married.