As part of its work to improve the livelihoods of over one million char dwellers, the CLP implements the infrastructure and employment scheme (IEP), an earth work scheme which provides employment during the annual hungry period of monga. The CLP's LogFrame has scheduled 6 million person days of work through IEP during the programme lifetime (2010-2016). During 2010, a number of issues appeared which suggested that the figure of 6 million person days could be unrealistic. This was raised by the CLP ahead of the 2011 annual review, and the review team were specifically asked to examine this issue. In their report, the review team recommended:
“the CLP should investigate the monga issue and need for labour alternatives [to IEP] to better understand seasonal labour patterns and how these vary across districts.”
“[The CLP should conduct] secondary and primary research to yield … an understanding of livelihood means and patterns, including those of migration and remittances.”
This report is based on research conducted during June to August 2011 to investigate migration, labour and remittances in the study area.
Huda, E.; Kenward, S.; Blackie, R.; Rafiqul Islam. Seasonal demand for labour on island chars and its effect on migration and remittances. (2011) 17 pp.