In their recent paper, “Multidimensional Targeting and Evaluation: A General Framework with an Application to a Poverty Program in Bangladesh,” Stephen C. Smith and Virginia Robano introduce a ‘counterfactual targeting’ framework and apply it to BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra-poor Program in Bangladesh. The framework measures how treatment effects vary with changing eligibility criteria and offers …
Where are the poor, exactly? You may recall the September 2012 update of “Where will the world’s poor live?”, by Andy Sumner, confirming that middle-income countries are home to most of the world poor — 74 percent of those living on less than $1.25 a day and 79 percent of those on less than $2. In the …
Much of the experience with the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation program so far has come from pilot projects in rural or remote communities, but with funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Bandhan was able to gather lessons from its work in urban areas that highlighted quite different challenges and opportunities in these settings.
Susan Davis Huffington Post Article on What It Will Take to ‘Graduate’ 1.2 Billion People Out of Extreme Poverty
Susan Davis, BRAC USA, writes in the Huffington Post about how to “graduate” people out of extreme poverty through a rigorously tested sequencing of events.
Anne Hastings from Fonkoze writes about her experience of using a ‘mixed methodology’ evaluation for their graduation program, Chemen Lavi Miyo. This evaluation combined both qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to understand the overall trends, as well as the rich detail behind these trends. Read about what Fonkoze learned from this evaluation, and what they’d like to learn from future research interventions.
In late November 2009, the nine partners in the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program met in Bangladesh, during a workshop hosted by BRAC Development Institute. The first part of the meeting was kept to pilot implementers only—it proved to be an incredible forum for candid discussions about the challenges of implementing such a demanding model.
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