This paper describes and draws lessons from the experience of engaging village elites in support of the ultrapoor through the Gram Shahayak Committees (GSC), as part of BRAC`s CFPR/TUP programme. The paper addresses the following questions: under what conditions can elites become engaged in support of interventions for the ultrapoor? What are the risks and benefits of engaging elite in antipoverty programmes? After describing the origins and motivations behind BRAC`s Specially Targeted .......

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  • Writer Name Naomi Hossain, Imran Matin
  • Published Date Saturday, 07 August 2004
  • Country Bangladesh
This paper is based on an exploratory study that wanted to better understand the perceptions of change as defined by the programme members and the underlying factors that explain the changes perceived. The main finding is that initial conditions matter – households that owned homestead land, had other sources of income, had adult male labour power and did not suffer from recurrent health costs did better. The programme encouraged the members to save out of the income accrued from running the .......

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  • Writer Name Imran Matin, Sarah Walker
  • Published Date Monday, 09 August 2004
  • Country Bangladesh
The targeting process for the CFPR/TUP programme brings together diverse strands of knowledge on poverty (indigenous, local, programmatic, and academic) in identifying and selecting beneficiaries. The targeting process is, therefore, multi-staged and involves a variety of actors and processes. The targeting process has four stages. Through each stage of the targeting process, diverse streams of knowledge have been combined to identify a smaller and more defined sample from which the ultra .......

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  • Writer Name Process documentation: Marufia Noor, Mamun-ur-Rashid, Abu Muhammad Shihab, Rezvina Parveen
  • Published Date Sunday, 04 April 2004
  • Country Bangladesh
There has been an increasing amount of materials surrounding health-seeking behaviour in recent years. However, a relatively small proportion of literature has focused upon health behaviours and types of health services used by the poor in rural Bangladesh, particularly ultra poor households. This study aimed to explore the health domain of the ultra poor, including perceptions of ill health, knowledge and treatment-seeking behaviours in conjunction with the rationale behind these decisions .......

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  • Writer Name Shahaduz Zaman, Hasanur Rahman, Ross Edgeworth
  • Published Date Sunday, 10 October 2004
  • Country Bangladesh
 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
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
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
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
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