The second phase of CLP (CLP-2) aims to provide a core package of assistance to 67,000 core participant households (CPHHs). A detailed study conducted during the inception phase revealed that the number of CPHHs in the CLP-2 working areas is likely to be only 42,000. One of the possible solutions to address this potential shortfall of approximately 25,000 CPHHs is to expand to additional districts. To explore this option, in January 2011, CLP conducted an assessment of the likely number of CPHHs in Chapai Nawabganj, Natore and Rajshahi. The findings are outlined in this report.
The total number of island chars in Rajshahi, Natore and Chapai Nawabaganj is 34, of which, two are partial island chars. The assessment team concluded that 56,232 households reside on these island chars in 193 villages. Of these households, approximately 13,109 (23%) are estimated to meet the CLP selection criteria (first tier).
Several NGOs currently work on these island chars with core activities including microcredit, disaster preparedness, water and sanitation programmes and solar panel initiatives. Current NGO activity does not reach the extreme poor on the remote island chars and no significant livelihoods programmes, similar to those of the CLP, were found to be operating in these areas. The findings suggest that there is potential for CLP to expand to these three districts to support a further 13,109 CPHHs.
McIvor, N. An Assessment of Potential Numbers of CPHHs Living on Island Chars in Chapai Nawabganj, Rajshahi and Natore. (2011) 26 pp.