On the 10th of March, the 10th EPRG “Researching the Poorest: approaches and developments in poverty research” was held at the BRAC Centre and welcomed a high level of participation from shiree Scale and Innovation Fund partners, development practitioners and donors, academic institutions and other extreme poverty programmes including BRAC and CLP (in total 64 participants).
The morning began with an introduction by chairperson, Md. Muzaffar Ahmed from Save the Children. Professor Syed M. Hashemi, Director of BDI, opened the EPRG with a recap on the history and development of poverty research in Bangladesh since the 1960s – Introduction.
A. Mushfiq Mobarak from Yale University presented his work on Randomized Control Trials in North Bengal, explaining the fundamental reasons behind conducting RCTs and how they can contribute to development research – “Lessons from Randomized Controlled Trials in North Bengal“
This was followed by Dr. Peter Davis, a Social Research Consultant from SDRI, who presented on qualitative research methods using in-depth life history interviews to explore poverty dynamics in rural Bangladesh – “Exploring poverty dynamics in rural Bangladesh using life-history interviews“
The second half of the morning began with a presentation from Dr. Rie Goto from Cambridge University on longitudinal panel survey methods. She highlighted the importance of effectively monitoring changes in health and nutrition in order to fully understand intervention impacts on the socio-economic well-being of the extreme poor households – “Methods behind a Longitudinal Panel Survey“
This was followed by a presentation from Colin Risner, CEO shiree, and Rubayat Khan from mPower Social Enterprise, on the potential of dynamic monitoring for research and management. They used shiree’s new monitoring tool – CMS 2 – as an example of real time information for monitoring, management and action research purposes. They explained that such a tool can be used to target interventions to households who are still falling below the poverty line, thus enhancing graduation figures of livelihood programmes.
The 10th EPRG session closed with a discussion on quantitative and qualitative methods for researching the poorest and how a combined approach is the most effective way forward to ensure a positive impact in eradicating poverty.
EPRG 10 March Report (2013)
This document is a collection of the discussions and presentations which took place at the 10th EPRG. The concept of the EPRG will continue to be developed and the role of the EPRG Leadership Panel will be further defined.