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  • Blog post

    Graduation: What’s next for ultra-poor programmes?

    Results are in: Research shows that BRAC’s one-shot, ‘big-push’ intervention targeting the ultra-poor with assets and skills can lift extreme households onto a more sustainable path out of poverty. In this blog we presented updated findings on the long-term impact and sustainability of the approach from studies showcased at the recent IGC-BRAC conference: Tackling...

    19 Jan 2016 | Emilie Yam, Upaasna Kaul, Amanda Jinhage

  • Project

    Travel mode choice preferences of urban commuters in Dhaka: A pilot study

    Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has developed mostly organically and an appropriate planning of the city with long foresight is yet to be implemented. It has resulted in a transportation infrastructure which is wasteful and inconvenient to its citizen. Mass transit system, while it exists, is largely inadequate to provide a reasonable means of travel for its citizens and...

    8 Jan 2016 | Atonu Rabbani, Minhaj Mahmud

  • Blog post

    Focus on poverty: Support package works for 'ultra-poor'

    A landmark study covered by The Guardian and The Economist highlights a way to sustainably move people out of extreme poverty using a reliable, scalable and cost-effective model. The findings, which come from research by my colleagues that was aired last week at a lecture in the United Kingdom, describe a programme that’s disarmingly simple. It targeted the poorest of...

    8 Jan 2016 | Sally Murray

  • Blog post

    Making cities work for development: Perspectives from South Asia

    Cities can be productive and liveable places but poor public services, weak infrastructure, and institutional and legal obstacles to private investment have in many cases undermined prosperity. More than half the world's population live in towns and cities. The urban population of South Asia grew by an estimated 130 million from 2000 to 2011, and is projected to grow by...

    14 Dec 2015 | Tony Venables

  • Blog post

    Tackling extreme poverty: In conversation with Robin Burgess

    Who are the ultra-poor and how can development policy address their particular needs? In today's blog, Professor Robin Burgess discusses the results of a research project with the Bangladesh-based development NGO BRAC. The World Bank defines the poor as those who live on less than $1.90 (USD) day, but millions of people in the developing world survive on even less. Trapped...

    9 Dec 2015 | Robin Burgess

  • News Item

    Pioneering programme helps households climb out, and stay out, of extreme poverty

    A programme pioneered by development organisation BRAC, which aims to help households escape extreme poverty by supporting women to set up their own small businesses, not only works but its benefits increase in the long term, according to an evaluation[1] led by researchers at the IGC. BRAC’s ‘Targeting the Ultra-Poor’ programme has benefitted 1.6 million...

    9 Dec 2015

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Growth brief: Transforming the economic lives of the ultra-poor

    Despite considerable progress in recent decades, nearly 1 billion people worldwide live below the international extreme poverty line of $1.90 per day. A group that has been particularly hard to reach with anti-poverty programmes are the ‘ultra-poor’. With low assets and few skills, the ultra-poor work largely in insecure wage labour, do not participate in...

    9 Dec 2015 | Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Upaasna Kaul

  • Project

    Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    High-quality bureaucracy and effective public service delivery have been shown to be fundamental ingredients of growth and development.  Accordingly, the Government of Bangladesh has made a priority of improving government effectiveness and administrative capacity, as stated in their 7th five-year plan published in April 2015.  In this plan for 2021, recruitment,...

    18 Nov 2015 | Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, Laura Litvine

  • Publication - Policy note

    Growth and distribution: The Bangladesh experience

    Since the turn of the 1990s Bangladesh’s GDP growth has embarked on a rising trajectory, taking the Bangladesh economy to a substantially higher growth path. Growth of GDP accelerated from about 3.7 percent in the first two decades to 4.8 percent in the 1990s and further to 5.8 percent in the 2000s. The growth spurt, in combination with continued slowdown in population...

    9 Nov 2015 | International Growth Centre