This was the 5th meeting of the EPRG, and was themed “graduating from extreme poverty”, stemming from the growth in interest for promoting sustainable graduation. The EPRG is growing to include a wide network of policy makers and practitioners committed to reducing extreme poverty. At the fifth meeting, there were 64 participants with increased participation from Innovation Fund NGO partners (including Handicap International, Plan Bangladesh, IDE and Action Aid Bangladesh) and new Scale Fund NGO partners Oxfam , Caritas and Concern. This session also welcomed the work from CLP and Shiree on the issue, with inputs from Yolande Wright (DFID). Masud Rana (Shiree) and NDP fed back findings from a Randomised Control Trial concerning the experience with integrating nutrition. The Shiree MIS unit shared audio recordings from CMS 2 (innovative mobile phone monitoring technology). In addition, Colin Risner led a discussion in which participants shared their views and ideas for developing the EPRG in 2012. The session was chaired by Anowarul Haque (Impact Director, Extreme Rural Poverty Programme, Care Bangladesh) in Dr Munir’s absence due to sickness.

EPRG 5 Materials 
Shiree’s Experience of Integrating Nutrition: Findings from a Randomised Control Trial in North-West Bangladesh with NDP – Masud Rana (Nutrition Focal Point, Shiree)

This study was implemented alongside the implementation of NDP’s “improved nutritional status through crop diversification and employment generation” in Bogra which combines creating access to land, vegetable production and cash support. The nutrition intervention involved a behaviour change component (BCC) (including cooking demonstrations), micro nutrient supplements, and regular de-worming. It was rolled out with a sub-sample of NDP beneficiaries (1043 households of which 537 were intervention and 503 were control), allowing a comparison with a control group of households receiving the regular NDP intervention of diversified vegetable cultivation.  The research here involved mixed methods– a quantitative survey and qualitative focus group discussions (i.e. adopting a Q² methodology) which reveal interesting results.

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“What is the Good News?” And “What is the Bad News?” from Extreme Poor Households? – Report on some of the findings from CMS2 (Mobile phone based monitoring) pilot  – Shiree CMS Team – Ashfaqul Alam Joardar, Masudul Alam, Avizit Reaz Quazi & Shahzada M H A Sayeed.

The Change Monitoring System (CMS 2) Tool is in its second phase of piloting. It is a unique tool with lots of potential for developing and using for real time decision making at the management and field level. Its purpose is to enable an assessment of trends, asking what has changed at the household level? And what has happened? (both project and non project events) that may have contributed to changes. This presentation reported on an analysis of the audio recordings on the mobile phones, showing the beneficiaries own reports of good and bad news. This is a unique ‘bottom up methodology’ where BHHs were invited to highlight their experiences to further develop the existing categories of questions.  There are lots of research questions arising and opportunities to triangulate the data with other CMS data and field observations. Key findings are included in the presentation.

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Discussion Points (with Colin Risner, CEO Shiree)
–    1st EPRG National Workshop – 2012.
–    2012 Chair.
–    Any ethical or data protection concerns.

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Chars Livelihood Programme (CLP)’s Review of Graduation Criteria – Stuart Kenwood (Innovation Monitoring and Learning Director, CLP) with Md. Rafiqul Islam and  Reuben Blackie.
Graduation is one of the latest ‘hot topics’, along with VFM, nutrition and climate change. CLP is now is its second phase and has the mandate to lift 67,000 HHs out of extreme poverty. Households receive a standard package including, for example, an asset transfer, a plinth, and social development modules targeted at female heads of households. A recent Annual Review reported that CLP might potentially be missing some extreme poor households. As such, an investigation was undertaken to review CLP’s targeting and graduation criteria.

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Shiree and Graduation – Jonathan Perry (Internal Consultant, Shiree)

Shiree is in the process of developing a short policy paper on graduation. The graduation criteria across the portfolio differ according to NGO projects. This presentation covers a summary of where we are in Shiree and is part of the consultation process in developing this work. Key points are included in the presentation.

5. EPRG – shiree & Graduation

Followed by an open discussion on graduation

EPRG 5 November Report

6. EPRG 5 – Graduating from Extreme Poverty – the EPRG 5 November 5 which collates the main discussion points from the day.

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