During its second phase, the Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) targets assistance to 67,000 core participant households (CPHHs). These CPHHs receive an integrated package of support that includes a significant income generating asset, access to social development modules and to savings groups, clean water and a sanitary latrine as well as access to a raised plinth. In order to qualify for the programme, CPHHs must meet strict selection criteria. They must essentially be jobless, assetless, and landless.
The CLP’s selection criteria were developed in 2005 and have not been radically adjusted since. One of the criteria, namely the asset threshold of Tk 5,000, is extremely low and has not been adjusted for inflation meaning that each, annual recruitment of participants requires households to be poorer and poorer to qualify.
The CLP is therefore piloting a ‘second tier’ of core households in which an initial 1,000 families will receive a smaller package of support e.g. an income generating asset valued at Tk 9,000 instead of Tk 15,500 that first tier CPHHs receive. These second tier households will be allowed to own and share crop up to 5 decimals and 33 decimals of land respectively.
There has been some concern voiced about the adoption of the second tier and thus the current report documents the socio-economic and nutritional baseline status of first and second tier households and compares the relative data that were collected in January 2011.
Kenward, S.; Rafiqul Islam; Arshad Hussain. Baseline findings: comparing first and second tier CPHHs of cohort 2.2. (2011) 26 pp.