Rapid, unplanned urbanization has contributed to an increasing number of extreme poor, vulnerable children in Bangladesh’s urban areas. This project attempts to break the intergenerational transmission of poverty by straddling two different generations simultaneously with separate but related sets of interventions.
Lessons Learned are:
(1) Intergenerational transmission of poverty can be tackled by implementing programme approaches that straddle two different generations simultaneously with separate but related sets of interventions.
(2) Sustainability of integral services should be considered at the design phase of projects.
(3) Engaging with local government and civil society is essential to ensure that beneficiaries have access to support systems in the future.
(4) Intensive monitoring can ensure that beneficiary households do not fall back into extreme poverty.
(5) Involvement of beneficiaries during selection of income generating activity through developing household plans was crucial to ensuring sustainable livelihoods.
(6) There is high demand for access to skills training programs amongst older children.
(7) Greater transparency could manage expectations of both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries with access to project services.
EEP/Shiree. Lesson Learning Report: Out of Poverty Graduation Model for Urban Extreme Poor. Shiree, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015) 51 pp.