Grant vs. Credit Plus Approach to Poverty Reduction: AnEvaluation of BRAC’s Experience with Ultra PoorNarayan C Das, Sibbir Ahmad, Anindita Bhattacharjee, Jinnat Ara and Abdul BayesABSTRACT Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction- Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR-TUP) programme of BRAC implements two interventions for the ultra-poor: a grant-based support package for specially targeted ultra poor (henceforth STUP support package), and a credit plus grant support package for .......

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  • Writer Name Narayan C Das, Sibbir Ahmad, Anindita Bhattacharjee Jinnat Ara and Abdul Bayes
  • Published Date Sunday, 13 November 2016
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
Can Basic Entrepreneurship Transform the Economic Lives of the Poor? Oriana Bandiera,Robin Burgess,Narayan C Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman Abstract Does the lack of capital and skills drive occupational choice and poverty? We provide evidence from a large scale and long term randomized control trial of a programme that simultaneously provides assets and training to the poorest women in treatment communities in rural Bangladesh. The evaluation tracks 7000 eligible women .......

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  • Writer Name Oriana Bandiera,Robin Burgess,Narayan C Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman
  • Published Date Sunday, 05 May 2013
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
 ABSTRACT:   The worlds poorest people lack both capital and skills and are trapped in low return occupations. Whether their economic lives can be transformed by programmes which attempt to tackle both constraints by providing assets and training to enable them to run small businesses is however unknown. To shed light on this issue we conduct a randomized evaluation of an entrepreneurship programme that provides assets and training to the poorest women in rural Bangladesh. We find that .......

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  • Writer Name Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Narayan C Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Raniya Shams, and Munshi Sulaiman
  • Published Date Wednesday, 02 January 2013
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
This paper aimed to understand the dynamics of participation of the TUP (Targeting the Ultra Poor) members of CFPR (Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction) phase I in the financial market since their graduation from the CFPR programme. The analysis was done using the longitudinal panel data (2002, 2005 and 2008). It has been found that after two years of programme support and provision of some flexibilities in borrowing from BRAC microfinance, the ultra poor can meaningfully .......

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  • Writer Name Raniya Shams, Sharif Mahmud and Narayan C Das
  • Published Date Sunday, 12 December 2010
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
We develop a framework for assessing community-level development programmes, building upon five related elements that are centrally important: confidence, cohesion, capacity, connections and cash (the five ‘Cs’). We use this framework for evaluating the impacts over a six-year period (2002-2008) of an innovative programme, implemented in rural Bangladesh, which has assisted extremely poor households, literally the poorest of the poor. Asset transfers constitute the centrepiece of this .......

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  • Writer Name Anirudh Krishna, Meri Poghosyan and Narayan Das
  • Published Date Sunday, 10 October 2010
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction (CFPR) is a BRAC programme targeting the ultra poor households in various locations in the country. This programme targets the women of the bottom deciles of the population. Gram Daridra Bimochan Committee (GDBC) was formed in each programme village to support the beneficiaries. One of the activities of the committee was to arrange free supplementary tutoring for the children of programme beneficiaries. This study aims to explore the present .......

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  • Writer Name Rafiath Rashid, Nazia Sharmin, Notan C Dutta, Samir Ranjan Nath
  • Published Date Sunday, 08 August 2010
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
BRAC initiated an innovative programme known as Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction (CFPR) in 2002 to address the extreme poverty in Bangladesh. Impact assessment studies on the first phase of CFPR (2002-06) have shown that the programme had significant positive impacts on the livelihoods of the participant households. However, whether this impact on livelihoods is sustainable or not remained the key research question. Based on panel data from three rounds of survey (2002, 2005 and .......

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  • Writer Name Narayan C Das, Farzana A Misha
  • Published Date Sunday, 06 June 2010
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
Despite some remarkable improvements in nutritional status, malnutrition in Bangladesh is still highly prevalent, especially among the poorest. A number of initiatives are taking place that address the food intake of the ultra poor, either directly or indirectly. Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction/ Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR/TUP) has become the key programme for BRAC to help the most disadvantaged population. To provide a clear pathway of graduation to the beneficiaries after .......

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  • Writer Name Farhana Haseen, Munshi Sulaiman
  • Published Date Wednesday, 10 October 2007
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
To facilitate access of ultra poor households to qualified allopathic care, especially for moderate-to severe and chronic morbidities, the Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction/Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR/TUP) programme appointed a panel of doctors in its Area Offices. This study was carried out to assess the current status of this ‘panel doctor’ scheme, identify its problems and prospects from a participatory perspective, and suggest remedial measures for future improvement .......

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  • Writer Name Syed Masud Ahmed, Mohammad Awlad Hossain
  • Published Date Sunday, 13 May 2007
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
Though BRAC’s CFPR/TUP is the specialized programme for the ultra poor, it is observed that a good portion of its microfinance clients are also very poor and require special attention. Moreover, some of the poorer households from the community can be served through the mainstream BRAC Development Programme (BDP) of which microfinance is the major part. To serve this specific group of microfinance participants and equally poor non-participants, CFPR/ TUP includes a model called ‘BDP ultra .......

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  • Writer Name Proloy Barua, Munshi Sulaiman
  • Published Date Thursday, 10 May 2007
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
In the first paper titled ‘Does it pay to be social?,’ Ameen uses OLS estimation to investigate the effect of informal and formal social capital on economic well-being. Results suggest a positive association between informal social interactions and per capita household expenditure, for both ultra poor and wealthier households, although the effect is possibly smaller for the ultra poor. The relation between formal social capital and household expenditure is more complex as the effect of .......

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  • Writer Name Farhad Ameen, Munshi Sulaiman
  • Published Date Saturday, 11 November 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
Studies of poverty dynamics relying solely on household income-expenditure surveys can yield noisy results, overestimating transient poverty and underestimating persistence of poverty, especially for the poorest. In this study, we make use of an approach that relies on community based change ranking to explore various directions and levels of change experienced by almost 6,000 households living in over 100 communities. We find that changes are initial condition dependent and that improvement .......

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  • Writer Name Munshi Sulaiman, Imran Matin
  • Published Date Saturday, 09 September 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in CFPR/TUP Working Paper
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