Building Economic Empowerment & Resilience for Extreme Poor Households in Riverine Bangladesh
The Pathways from Poverty: Building Economic Empowerment & Resilience for Extreme Poor Households in Riverine areas of Bangladesh (PFP) comprises two phases; phase 1 from April 2009 March 2011 and phase 2 from April 2011 to March 2013. Phase two of this project focused on scaling up the benefits of improving the livelihoods of the riverine communities of Bangladesh and increasing their resilience in five northern districts of Gaibandha, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram. The extreme poor that benefited from this project did not hold any assets within the flood protection embankment. They suffered from extreme and multiple deprivation of food, income and employment, were at risk of disasters and faced social and political exclusion. The most vulnerable members of these communities were women-headed households, children and the persons with disability. This project has contributed towards skills trainings; agricultural inputs; access and linkage to resource and services; asset transfer; developing community extension and service provision; and awareness building. The outputs were delivered through participatory approaches, appropriate, cost effective and gender friendly capacity building, enabling the poor to access resources and manage disasters which led to their social and economic empowerment. The project had a positive impact on poor wage labourers and migrant groups, female-headed households, extreme poor women in general and their children, disabled, and other groups. One of the keys to the success of this project has been the good knowledge the understanding of the staff who took part in it regarding the social, economic, institutional processes and complexities existing in the area as well as their knowledge of the approaches used, similarly the support of the national and local authorities given to this project played an important role.
Source of funding
This project was funded with a Donation of the DFID (Department for International Development) from the United Kingdom.