|OUTPUT TO PURPOSE REVIEW OF THE CHALLENGING THE FRONTIERS OF POVERTY REDUCTION PHASE I AND APPRAISAL|
|Name:||Output to Purpose Review of the Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction Phase I and Appraisal of Phase II|
|Background:||In 2002, BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) established a new programme – ‘Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra-Poor Targeting Social Constraints’ (CFPR). It was designed to address the constraints affecting rural women who live in extreme poverty, who have been largely by-passed by the mainstream development programmes, including the micro-finance programmes.|
The CFPR programme targeted the ultra-poor effectively and was one of the few programmes that reach large numbers of the ultra poor. The recent cost-benefit analysis indicates that investments in the Specially Targeted Ultra-Poor (STUP) component bring high returns (a positive benefit-to-cost ratio of 5.21, which far exceeded most rural development programmes). These returns were consistent with what could be expected of a well targeted and coherent ultra poor programme.
|Activities:||The following were conducted:|