On the 8th of November 2012, the 9th EPRG “Manifesto for the Extreme Poor: A Research Platform” was held and welcomed a high level of participation from shiree Scale and Innovation-Fund partners, BRAC University, BDI, as well as FAO, ILO and UNDP (47 participants in total).

The morning began with an Introduction by Colin Risner (CEO of shiree) on the Manifesto the Extreme Poor in which he explained the process shiree is undertaking to collect and validate recommendations for the Manifesto. He discussed ways that the EPRG can contribute to the Manifesto, such as by developing the research base of the 5 Manifesto Challenges through comprehensive literature reviews.

Introduction to the Manifesto for the Extreme Poor

Exclusion from Public Services: a Literature Review – Md. Abdul Baten (Research Officer, DSK) and Owasim Akram (Research Officer, ADD)

Muzaffar Ahmed (Save the Children) chaired the first set of presentations and introduced Md. Abdul Baten (DSK) and Owasim Akram (ADD) who presented a Literature Review on Exclusion from Public Services. Dr. Tofail Ahmed (UNDP) supplemented the presentation with his own expertise on public services for the extreme poor.

Exclusion from Public Services: a Literature Review

Considering Economic Opportunities for the Poorest– Breakout Session facilitated by Sheikh Tariquzzaman (Research Officer, Uttaran) and Alip­­­­­ Kumar Das (Research Officer, Oxfam)

Dr. Tofail Azad (DSK) chaired the second set of presentations which consisted of a breakout session facilitated by Sheikh Tariquzzaman (Uttaran) and Alip­­­­­ Kumar Das (Oxfam) on ‘Considering Economic Opportunities for the Poorest’. This was followed by a presentation on ‘Challenging Extreme Poverty: Towards an Analytical Framework’ by Professor Syed M. Hashemi (BDI).

Insufficient Economic Opportunities

Challenging Extreme Poverty: Towards an Analytical Framework

Vulnerability to External Shocks: a case study from Korail – Shaveena Anam (YP, shiree) and Sam Beckwith (YP, shiree)

A Report on the eviction of Korail Slum in April 2012 was presented by Sam Beckwith (shiree) and Shaveena Anam (shiree) and recommendations for the future of Korail were discussed by participants.

Moving Backwards: a Case Study from Korail Slum

Gender and Minority Specific Risks and Vulnerabilities: a Literature Review – Sayeed Hasan Raza (Research Officer, Caritas), Zakir Hossain (Research Officer, NETZ) and Sally Faulkner (YP, shiree)

The afternoon session was chaired by Haseeb Md. Irfanullah (Practical Action Bangladesh). It began with a presentation of the current literature on Gender and Minority Specific Risks and Vulnerabilities by Sayeed Hasan Raza (Caritas) and Zakir Hossain (NETZ), with a specific focus on minorities. This was followed by a presentation from Maheen Sultan (Deputy Coordinator, Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) and Lead Researcher BDI) on gender looking at the progress of gender equality so far and what needs to be done to bridge existing gaps.

Minority Specific Vulnerabilities

Gender and Minority Specific Risks and Vulnerabilities

The EPRG closed with a discussion on Phase 3 Research Proposals and the role of the EPRG Leadership Panel in endorsing the proposals.

Research Proposals

EPRG 9 November Report (2012)

This document is a collection of the discussions and which took place in the EPRG 9. The concept of the EPRG will continue to be developed and the role of the EPRG Leadership Panel will be further defined.

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

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