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
To combat various dimensions of extreme poverty and create the foundation for a sustainable livelihood change, BRAC initiated a specialized programme called the CFPR/TUP (Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction/Targeting the Ultra Poor) since 2002. This study aims to investigate the impact of CFPR/TUP programme on the food and nutrient consumption.The report is presented in two parts- the first part is based on the comparison of food and energy intake data between 2002 and 2004 to .......

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  • Writer Name Farhana Haseen
  • Published Date Friday, 09 June 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
In 2002, BRAC launched a targeted and comprehensive development programme called Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR/TUP) aimed at the poorest of the poor, who have often been excluded from other development initiatives. This study examines changes in the self-reported health status of these ultra poor women in northern Bangladesh over a period of one and half years since the launch of this programme. The data for this study come from a baseline .......

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  • Writer Name Vivek A. Prakash, AKM Masud Rana
  • Published Date Tuesday, 07 March 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
Despite the slogan of ‘credit for the poorest of the poor’, the poorest have not fully benefited from the microfinance revolution of late 90s in Bangladesh. To bring these ‘left out’ group into the mainstream microfinance, BRAC’s CFPR/TUP programme assists them to build-up an asset base (physical, human and social) so that they can have meaningful participation in microfinance activities. After the ‘grant’ phase of the programme which lasts for 18 months, as the first step towards the .......

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  • Writer Name Munshi Sulaiman, Imran Matin, M Shahadat Hossain Siddiquee, Proloy Barua, Safeena Alarakhaia, Vidya Iyer
  • Published Date Wednesday, 22 February 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
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
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
A mid-term survey of the CFPR/TUP programme participants (at the end of 1st cycle of 18 months intervention) on health and related issues was done during July-September 2004. The survey involved re-interviewing the same baseline survey households for studying the effects of intervention over time. Findings revealed substantial improvement in self-rated food-security status and perceived self-health among programme participants which was matched by improved household capacity for .......

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  • Writer Name Syed Masud Ahmed, AKM Masud Rana
  • Published Date Monday, 06 June 2005
  • Country Bangladesh
Despite the general consensus that microfinance does not reach the poorest; ecent evidence suggests that nearly 15% of microfinance clients in Bangladesh are among the poorest. It is from the realization that even within the existing microfinance membership of BRAC, there is a significant percentage of the poorest; the CFPR-TUP programme has included a special focus on this segment of the poor what it calls the ‘BDP ultra poor’. So, BDP ultra poor are those struggling members of existing .......

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  • Writer Name Proloy Barua, Munshi Sulaiman
  • Published Date Tuesday, 08 August 2006
  • Country Bangladesh
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