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The Chars Livelihood Programme: The Story and Strategy So Far
Community of Practice: Financial Services
The Chars Livelihood Programme (CLP) was first proposed to DFID in 1996 and was originally conceived as a livestock development project on Bangladesh’s northern chars. By the time the final Programme Memorandum was signed by the Government of Bangladesh in December, 2003 and the CLP actually began operations in August, 2004, eight years had passed. During those years scores of person months had been expended in a process of research, design, consultation and negotiation and the goal and purposes of the programme had increased dramatically. The operational launch of the CLP however proved to be the start of a further period of review and redesign. The purpose of this paper is to document the reasons for and the process of this review and redesign and to summarise the present strategy of the programme.