Exploring Changes in the Lives of the Ultra Poor: An Exploratory Study on CFPR/TUP Members Working Paper No. 4


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 TUP enterprise, but the product was focussed on supporting the promotional needs rather than protectional needs. The circumstances of the ultra poor households differ and a sole focus on the savings for meeting the promotional needs may thus need reconsideration.

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  • Writer Name: Imran Matin, Sarah Walker
  • Published Date: Monday, 09 August 2004
  • Country: Bangladesh