On February 26, 2012, the 6th EPRG “Understanding Poverty Indicators” was held and welcomed a high level of participation from shiree Scale and Innovation-Fund partners, DFID, and other DFID-funded extreme poverty programmes including BRAC and UPPR (in total 47 participants).

The morning started with Lucia Da Corta presenting shiree’s CMS 5 tracking studies, the methodology behind them and the value they hold in understanding processes of graduation from extreme poverty. Four Research Officer from Scale Fund projects then presented a case study from each of their life histories. Questions were held before the EPRG broke for tea. The second part of the morning, Kishore Singh presented extreme urban poverty indicators, exploring the comparison between urban and rural extreme poverty and differences in the struggles the extreme urban poor have to face. His presentation was followed by Khaleda Khanome from BRAC who presented her findings from BRAC’s Gender Quality Action Learning programme and its impact on intergenerational poverty. A fifth session was planned to review the EPRG ToR, but it was cut short due to time constraints and will therefore be incorporated into the next EPRG.

EPRG 6 Materials

Using Life Histories and Intervention Tracking to Learn Lessons on Processes of Extreme Poverty Formation and on Sustainable Graduation from Extreme Poverty Following Shiree Interventions – by Lucia Da Corta, University of Bath

CMS 5 looks at the descent into poverty and reflects on the interventions methods employed as well as early findings on processes of graduation. It identifies categories of extreme poverty and graduated households. CMS uses focus group discussions in each of hte six scale fund regions, using a broad set of material, relational and subjective indicators. The major challenges identified by CMS 5 as preventing graduation are reoccurring themes: natural disasters, economic instability, illness, evictions, theft, health vulnerabilities, etc. However, these are all areas that advocacy can play a role in. An overall challenge will be targeting the ‘higher fruit’, such as the disabled and elderly.

Lucia da Corta Power Point on Tracking

Insights on Graduation from the Scale Fund NGOs – by Research Officers: Abdul Baten (DSK), Prokriti Nokrek (Save the Children), Zakir Hossain (NETZ), Saifudin Ahmed (CARE)

Four Research Officers presented case studies highlighting intervention impact and the barriers the extreme poor face in graduating from poverty.

Research Officer’s Presentation

Extreme Urban Poverty: Characteristics, Issues and Indicators – by Kishore Singh, UPPR-UNDP

Kishore Singh presented UPPR’s experience working with the extreme poor in an urban context. He agreed that economic criteria is not enough to understand poverty, rather vulnerability is essential in understanding extreme poverty characteristics, specifically spatial vulnerability, social vulnerability and professional vulnerability. His presentation looked at key issues impacting the urban extreme poor and graduation indicators that would need to be integrated into intervention frameworks.

Kishore Singh’s Presentation

GQAL and its Impact on Gender Relations: the BRAC Experience – by Khaleda Khanome, BRAC

Khaleda Khanome presented BRAC’s Gender Quality Action Learning (GQAL) programme, highlighting its impact on intergenerational poverty. GQAL started in 1995 with the aim of improving BRAC’s male-female staff relations. It has now expanded to a national gender awareness-raising programme aimed to generate commitment to improving gender relations and enhancing gender equality.

Khaleda Kanome’s Presentation

EPRG 6 February Report (2012)

This document is a collection of the discussions and which took place in the EPRG 6. The concept of the EPRG will continue to be developed, with the next session planned for May.

Contact person: Kira Galbraith, Associate Programmes and Advocacy Manager, kira@shiree.org

EPRG 6 Minutes