The aim of this paper is to set out three broad arguments which bring together insights derived from Shiree research as well as findings from poverty studies in Bangladesh more generally. The paper deliberately attempts to identify and explore links between Shiree research and the wider policy context in Bangladesh, and to open up space for policy reflection and dialogue.
This paper proceeds with a brief overview of poverty trends and dynamics in Bangladesh, and then examines the notion of’ extreme poverty’ itself. This leads to an exploration of the dominant development discourse which has enabled the construction of notions such as ‘extreme poverty’ and has made them amenable to policy engagement. This discussion allows us to open up an alternative framework for engaging with extreme poverty which calls for a reworking of the existing political settlement and a reorientation of existing policy priorities.
Devine, J.; Wood, G. Extreme Poverty and the Need for a New Political Settlement.The Case of Bangladesh. Shiree Working Paper No. 26. Shiree, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2014) 19 pp.