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Economic Strengthening for the Very Poor (ES4VP)

Supporting Evidence

By 2010, BRAC had reached around 300,000 ultra poor households, and estimates that over 75 percent of these households are currently food secure and managing sustainable economic activities.

Impact assessment studies on the first phase of CFPR (2002-06), which was implemented in 15 poorest districts covering 100,000 specially selected ultra poor households, have shown positive impacts on per capita income of the households that were sustainable over long-term and increased over time.  The program also helped households generate a sustainable physical asset base.  Other impacts include increased health expenses, improvements in water and sanitation practices, and improved food security. More details can be found in Assessing the Frontiers of Ultra-Poverty Reduction: Evidence from CFPR/TUP, an Innovative program in Bangladesh.

Qualitative research reveals that determination, confidence, social network, asset management skill, and hard work of the participant women are the key factors for effectively using the supports provided by the CFPR programme.