IDS BRAC Partnership Agreement ESRC Grant PHASE 2 Graduation as Reslilience
What determines the success of a poverty eradication programme? Improving our ability to answer this question should lead to improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes. This research will pioneer an interdisciplinary assessment in Bangladesh of BRAC's 'Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction Programme' (CFPR) which targets women in ultra-poor households.
The CFPR supports household wellbeing in three dimensions - material, social and psychological. The support provided to poor women in life planning and in confidence building - described further below - constitutes the psychological dimension.
The research will seek to demonstrate the extent to which progress in each of these three dimensions contributes to the resilience of women and their households measured through their ability to maintain and improve their livelihoods. In particular it will use quantitative assessment to examine whether there is any evidence that the design of programmes for the ultra poor should explicitly incorporate a psychological dimension in their package of support. This is a development frontier that poverty reduction programmes have been largely unwilling to explore.
- Mushtaque Chowdhury