The Extreme Poverty Research Group (EPRG) was formed in September 2010 with the objective of developing and disseminating knowledge about the nature of extreme poverty and the effectiveness of measures to address it. Meetings are held quarterly. The first meeting of the EPRG took place October 2010. The Terms of Reference has since been amended and the second meeting of the EPRG took place January 2011 in which Dr. Munir, Director of Hunger and Household Economic Security at Save the Children, took the position of Chair for 2011.
Since then, the EPRG has continued to meet quarterly. On the 12th of July, the eighth EPRG was held and welcomed a high level of participation from shiree Scale and Innovation-Fund partners, USAID, FAO, UNDP and other DFID-funded extreme poverty programmes including BRAC and CLP (in total 66 participants).
Morning Session: EPRG Announcement
The morning began with an introduction by Colin Risner (CEO of shiree) announcing Dr. Munir’s last EPRG as Chair. The EPRG is now inviting nominations to fill a five-member panel that will co-chair the EPRG and play a role in advising the research agenda of shiree. If you would like to learn more about the role of the panel and/or you are interested in nominating someone to be a panel member, please find the draft proposal and nomination form.
Health Inequities: the Relationship between Poverty and Health – by Thibaut Williams and Dr. Sukumar Sarker (USAID)
The first presentation of the day was from Thibaut Williams and Dr. Sukumar Sarker on USAID’s experience in implementing health interventions among the poor and extreme poor in Bangladesh. They presented on global health inequities and the growing gap in health provisions for the extreme poor. They also spoke about their own experiences working in health in Bangladesh, which led into a discussion on how we can reduce the existing gap by implementing additional equity-focused approaches.
Ignoring the Gap and our Role – by Dr. Munir (Save the Children)
Dr. Munir presented a case study on how existing gaps in health services negatively affect the livelihoods of the extreme poor.
Key Health Findings from shiree Research: Phase 2 and CMS 5 – by Sally Faulkner (shiree) and Research Officers: Md. Abdul Baten (DSK), Sk. Tariquzzaman (Uttaran), Zakir Hossain (NETZ), Prokriti Nokrek (Save the Children) and Owasim Akram (ADD)
Sally Faulkner (shiree) and five Research Officers presented their key findings on health from the qualitative research they have been conducting over the last several months for CMS 5 and shiree Phase 2 Scale Fund projects. Their findings focused on the challenges beyond affordability, such as service provision, gender and disability.
Health Care of the Ultra Poor: BRAC’s Experience – Akrumul Islam, Abdus Salam Sarker and Niday Chandradas (BRAC)
Akrumul Islam, Abdus Salam Sarker and Niday Chandradas (BRAC) presented their learnings from implementing health programmes in BRAC CFPR. This led into a discussion on the impact of CFPR and the intervention package needed to effectively bring someone out of extreme poverty.
Good Health: the Breaker of the Poverty Cycle – Md. Abdul Momin (CLP)
Md. Abdul Momin (Chars Livelihoods Programme) presented their experience in health care provision within their DfID funded programme. They discussed the barriers in effectively delivering health interventions among the extreme poor as well as effective operational mechanisms that can contribute to sustainably lifting families out of extreme poverty.
Breaking Barriers, Maximising Gains: Addressing ill health in extreme poor livelihood programmes – Sam Beckwith (shiree)
Sam Beckwith (shiree) closed the EPRG with a presentation of findings from a recent health survey conducted in-house at shiree exploring health perceptions among shiree’s NGO partners.
EPRG 8 July Report (2012)
This document is a collection of the discussions and which took place in the EPRG 8. The concept of the EPRG will continue to be developed and a five-member panel will be assembled for the next EPRG provisionally planned for October 2012.
Contact person: Kira Galbraith, Associate Programmes and Advocacy Manager, email@example.com or EPRGcontact@shiree.org