Assisting the Poorest in Bangladesh: Learning from BRAC's 'Targeting the Ultra Poor' Programme

17 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2008

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David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Karen Moore

Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC)

Date Written: July 15, 2008

Abstract

This paper commences by examining the evolution of a programme designed to reach the poorest people in Bangladesh, to improve their immediate situation and to give them the assets and other skills to move out of poverty and dramatically reduce their vulnerability - BRAC's Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction/Targeting the Ultra Poor Programme, or CFPR-TUP. It then reviews what is known about the impacts of TUP, and finds evidence that the programme is both reaching significant numbers of Bangladesh's poorest people and improving their economic and social condition. The concluding sections draw lessons from the TUP about the types of programme design features and the processes required in order to develop such ambitious initiatives.

Keywords: Bangladesh, social protection, asset transfer, microfinance

Suggested Citation

Hulme, David and Moore, Karen, Assisting the Poorest in Bangladesh: Learning from BRAC's 'Targeting the Ultra Poor' Programme (July 15, 2008). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 01/2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160303 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1160303

David Hulme (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

Karen Moore

Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC)

Humanities Bridgeford St. Building
Oxford Rd.
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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