On the 23rd of March, the 14th EPRG 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 experts working with the extreme poor including CLP, BRAC University, UNDP and WFP (in total 83 participants).
The theme of the 14th EPRG was “Graduating the Poorest (Part I): Concepts and Methodologies” and it was chaired by Dr. Haseeb Irfanullah from Practical Action, an EPRG Panel Member. Two announcements were made at the beginning: 1) This is Part I of a two-part EPRG on Graduation. Part II will be held in June and will look at the broader debate on whether or not you can apply a graduation model when working with the extreme poor; 2) A feedback form was distributed for audience members to comment on the quality and usefulness of the EPRG forum and express interest in future involvement.
There were 7 presentations:
- Introduction to Graduation by Arifur Rahman, DFID
- Prof. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, Cambridge University: “Measuring Poverty“
- Julie Newton and Muzaffar Ahmed, Save the Children: “Children’s Perspectives on Pathways of Graduation: an exploration through photovoice”
- Prof. Margaret Alston, Monash University: “Impacts of Climate Change on Extreme Poverty”
- Anowarul Haq, CARE Bangladesh: “Above the Line: CARE Bangladesh’s Graduation Experiences with the Extreme Poor”
- Dr. Joe Devine, Bath University: “Graduation dynamics – does the extreme in extreme poverty matter?”
- Dr. Binayak Sen, BIDS: “Crossing the line or climbing the ladder: Contested images and practices of graduation”
EPRG 14 March