This is a synopsis of the cost effectiveness study of selected livelihoods interventions in Bangladesh that was completed for DFID by Evidence on Demand in 2015.
DFID Bangladesh funds several large-scale livelihoods programmes aimed at tackling extreme poverty in Bangladesh. These include the Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP-2), Economic Empowerment of the Poorest (EEP/Shiree), and BRAC Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction (CFPR)-Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP). The programmes work through a model of asset transfers, training and support to develop income generating activities, and other interventions to reduce livelihood risks, such as providing basic health care access to tackle ill health. PKSF’s ‘Programmed Initiatives for Monga Eradication’ (PRIME, which is a component of the DFID support PROSPER) and BRAC’s CFPR-TUP OTUP component offer the extreme poor flexible credit and other support. DFID Bangladesh is collecting evidence to inform decisions regarding the future funding of the programme, which is due to close in 2015/16. Past cost effectiveness studies of the portfolio have not undertaken a comparative consideration of the projects. This study has two objectives. The first is to generate an understanding of cost effectiveness in this context and how to measure it across such diverse projects. The second objective is to offer a quantitative measurement of the cost-effectiveness of the projects and the resulting comparisons between them.
Key ideas and debates, insight and findings, and implications for advisors are briefly outlined.
Anon. Cost effectiveness of selected livelihoods interventions in Bangladesh. Evidence on Demand, UK (2016) 1 pp. [Summary only]