The CARE-Bangladesh/DFID Rural Livelihood Programme (RLP) was a
consolidation of 3 projects: GO-INTERFISH (Greater Opportunities for
Integrated Rice and Fish Production) and SHABGE (Strengthening Household
Access to Bari Gardening Extension) which began in 1999, and LMP
(Livelihood Monitoring Project) which was approved in December 2000.
After a joint review in November 2002 it was decided to consolidate the
3 projects into the CARE RLP in order to obtain greater synergy and
effectiveness in implementation.
RLP worked in 3 regional areas of Bangladesh: South East, North West
East and North West West. The regional areas worked through Farmer Field
School (FFS) groups and Community groups. Some of these were originally
focussed on training in rice and fish production systems others on
training in homestead gardening. After the FFS training were completed,
the groups were trained in other topics according to their priorities
and organisational development in order to improve the sustainability.
LMP was designed to develop tools and systems for monitoring change in
livelihoods of the rural poor and to disseminate analyses of causes and
issues behind livelihood changes.
This report is a result of a process of distilling the major lessons
learned from the lifetime of the programme. The aim is to capture the
lessons valuable for future planning and decisions on similar programmes
aiming at empowering poor communities and especially women to improve
their livelihood. The lesson learning process combined a desk study of
available reports, case studies and monitoring data with interviews,
meetings and workshops with stakeholders. The meetings with stakeholders
were carried out as appreciative inquiries. The lessons emerging from
the appreciative inquiries are analysed in a framework for empowerment
of poor rural communities.
Chipeta, S.; Meyer, J.; Jay, A. Rural Livelihood Programme Capturing Lessons Learned. Final Report. CARE Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2005) 106 pp.
Rural Livelihood Programme Capturing Lessons Learned. Final Report