This was the 4th meeting of the EPRG and welcomed a high level of participation from shiree Scale and Innovation-Fund partners, DFID, and other DFID-funded extreme poverty programmes including CLP, BRAC, and UPPR (in total 44 participants).

The morning started with Zulfiqar Ali (BIDS/Unnayan Shammanay) presenting his final findings from shiree-funded research on reassessing and revalidating quantitative indicators of extreme poverty, followed by an overview of the preliminary HIES 2010 findings, and a break-out session facilitated by Colin Risner (CEO, shiree) on planning for a “State of Extreme Poverty Report”. Christopher Maclay and Hannah Marsden then presented a paper “Short-term needs and long-term aspirations of the extreme poor: Irrational behaviour, agency and cash transfers in Bangladesh” soon to be presented at a DSA/EADI conference in York.  This was followed by Stewart Kenwood from CLP sharing findings from a recent sustainability study of CLP phase 1.  DSK and Uttaran research staff then talked through the CMS 5(S) methodology and some of the emerging findings. In the afternoon, NGO research staff received feedback on their research proposals for Phase 2.

EPRG 4 Materials:

“Poverty Thresholds Analysis: Reassessing and Revalidating Quantitative Indicators.”

Zulfiqar Ali (BIDS and Unnayan Shammanay), May 2011.

The objective of this study was to identify a set of economic indicators and thresholds to quantitatively assess extreme poverty.  This presentation included new findings from this study, in particular, important findings about asset, land and employment based criteria.  The final findings are to be published soon.

Presentation on Poverty Thresholds Analysis_23.08.2011


“HIES 2010 Outputs – Implications for Extreme Poverty Research”

Break Out session facilitated by Colin Risner (CEO shiree)

The findings of HIES 2010 will provide the key (but not the only) benchmark or reference point for poverty related research until 2016, so they hold important research and policy implications.

HIES 2010 Outputs Implications for Extreme Poverty


“Short-term needs and long-term aspirations of the extreme poor: Irrational behaviour, agency and cash transfers in Bangladesh”

Christopher Maclay and Hannah Marsden (shiree)   

The following paper will be presented at the DSA/EADI 2011 Conference this September in York. The research is based on the operational learning and research with GreenHill/IDE in Bandarban and holds some important findings around conditional cash transfers and the psychological context of life in extreme poverty.


“A Study to Assess the Sustainability of CLP 1 Activities”

Stuart Kenwood (Chars Livelihood Programme)

CLP is now in its second phase which seeks to help lift an additional 67,000 extreme poor households out of poverty by the end of the programme, currently set as 2016. The core package of support under CLP-2 essentially remains the same as in CLP-1 but the programme’s geographical focus has shifted. A study was undertaken to assess the sustainability of CLP-1 activities.

CLP-1 Sustainability Study_180511 (with logo)(2) (Study summary)

A study to assess the sustainability of CLP-1_080511_EPRG (Presentation)


“CMS 5 Methodology and Findings”

Hannah Marsden (shiree), Sonia Kabeer (Uttaran) and Abdul Baten (DSK)  

The purpose of CMS 5(S) is to provide a qualitative longitudinal study which documents the dynamics of extreme poverty as it is experienced and the changes in beneficiaries’ lives as a result of project interventions.  It places an emphasis on how HHs are responding to interventions, and on the context and relationships within which they live.  It forms a key part of shiree’s Q2 approach – the findings can be triangulated with other CMS tools and qualitative questions incorporated to answer the “why” questions.

CMS 5 presentation EPRG 4-1


EPRG 4 August Report (2011) 

This report details the main discussions and a list of the participants at the event.

EPRG 4 meeting minutes

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