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Can Basic Entrepreneurship Transform the Economic Lives of the Poor?
Oriana Bandiera,Robin Burgess,Narayan C Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman
May - 2013
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 over four years in treatment and control communities. We find the programme transforms the occupational choices of the poor: treated women spend 92% more hours in selfemployment activities, and 26% less hours in wage employment. This shift from insecure wage labour to self-employment is associated with a 38% increase in earnings. The eligible women, who were largely asset-less and illiterate agricultural labourers at baseline, overtake the near-poor and begin to close the gap with middle class women on dimensions such as occupational choice, regularity of earnings, household per capita expenditure and happiness. Inculcating basic entrepreneurship, where the most disadvantaged women take on business activities which hitherto had been the preserve of non-poor women, is shown to be a powerful means of transforming the economic lives of the poor.
Asset Transfer Programme for the Ultra Poor: A Randomized Control Trial Evaluation (Revised edition)
Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Narayan C Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Raniya Shams, and Munshi Sulaiman
January - 2013
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.....
Integration of the Ultra Poor into Mainstream Development: How Effective is CFPR?
Raniya Shams, Sharif Mahmud and Narayan C Das
December - 2010
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...
How much can asset transfers help the poorest? The five Cs of community-level development and BRACís Ultra-Poor Programme
Anirudh Krishna, Meri Poghosyan and Narayan Das
October - 2010
This study aims to explore five important elements: confidence, cohesion, capacity, connections and cash in rural Bangladesh...
Education Under Gram Daridro Bimochan Committee: Present Status and Future Directions
Working Paper No. 20
Rafiath Rashid, Nazia Sharmin, Notan C Dutta, Samir Ranjan Nath
August - 2010
This study aims to explore the present status of this component of the programme and to provide future direction...
Addressing Extreme Poverty in a Sustainable Manner: Evidence from CFPR Programme
Working Paper No. 19
Narayan C Das, Farzana A Misha
June - 2010
This study explores sustainability of livelihood impacts of the first phase of CFPR. The findings show that programme impacts on income, employment, food security and asset holding were mostly sustainable in the long-run...
How Sustainable is the Gain in food Consumption of the CFPR/TUP Beneficiaries?
Working Paper No. 18
Farhana Haseen, Munshi Sulaiman
October - 2007
Despite some remarkable improvements in nutritional status, malnutrition in Bangladesh is still highly prevalent, especially among the poorest. How has CFPR programme of BRAC fared in this respect? How sustainable are the gains, if any?....
Taking Doctors Where the Ultra Poor are: Assessment of the Panel Doctor
Working Paper No. 17
Syed Masud Ahmed, Mohammad Awlad Hossain
May - 2007
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...
Is the BDP Ultra Poor Approach Working? Survey of Some Key Issues
Working Paper No. 16
Proloy Barua, Munshi Sulaiman
May - 2007
Though BRACís 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...
Social Capital and Economic Well-being
Working Paper No. 15
Farhad Ameen, Munshi Sulaiman
November - 2006
These two papers begin to explore the impact of complex social networks and ties on the economic well-being of households in rural Bangladesh...
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