OUTPUT TO PURPOSE REVIEW OF THE CHALLENGING THE FRONTIERS OF POVERTY REDUCTION PHASE I AND APPRAISAL
Name: Output to Purpose Review of the Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction Phase I and Appraisal of Phase II
Year: 2006
Client: DFID
Country: Bangladesh
Background: In 2002, BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) established a new programme – ‘Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra-Poor Targeting Social Constraints’ (CFPR). It was designed to address the constraints affecting rural women who live in extreme poverty, who have been largely by-passed by the mainstream development programmes, including the micro-finance programmes.

The CFPR programme targeted the ultra-poor effectively and was one of the few programmes that reach large numbers of the ultra poor. The recent cost-benefit analysis indicates that investments in the Specially Targeted Ultra-Poor (STUP) component bring high returns (a positive benefit-to-cost ratio of 5.21, which far exceeded most rural development programmes). These returns were consistent with what could be expected of a well targeted and coherent ultra poor programme.

Objectives:
  • review and evaluation of the progress of CFPR Phase I to assess whether it is on track to achieve the results and objectives set out in the programme logical framework (LF) and thus justifies continuation into a second phase;
  • Appraisal of BRAC’s proposal for an expanded CFPR in Phase II
  • cost effectiveness analysis of CFPR Phase I
Activities: The following were conducted:

  • interviews with beneficiaries, local leaders and implementers
  • interviews with BRAC officials, DFID and other relevant stakeholders
  • literature of programme documents, progress and research reports on the CFPR
  • data analysis and report writing.
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