Building Economic Empowerment &
Resilience for Extreme Poor Households
in Riverine areas of Bangladesh
funded by shiree/eep:
a GoB and DFID partnership
Riverine areas of
The Pathways from Poverty: Building Economic Empowerment &
Resilience for Extreme Poor Households in Riverine areas of
Bangladesh (PFP) project is a shiree/eep funded project built on
successes and lessons learnt from Practical Action Bangladesh's
(PAB) the Disappearing lands: supporting communities affected by
river erosion (REP) project. The PFP project aims to improve
livelihoods of 50,550 women, men and children (16,850
households), and increase their resilience to natural disasters and
extreme poverty in four northern districts.
The extreme poor in the project are mainly assetless and displaced
people living in flood protection embankments. The project goal is
to graduate 50,550 extreme poor women, men and children
(16,850 households) from extreme poverty. Considering the
multidimensional nature of poverty, the project has undertaken a
holistic approach which will enable the extreme poors to graduate
out of poverty.
The outputs will be obtained through tested and established
approaches of Practical Action Bangladesh. The benefits of the
project will be reaped by the extreme poor in general, female
headed households, women, children, disable people living across
the project areas, migrant groups and their children as well as other
The project understands and acknowledges the social, economic,
institutional processes and complexities exist in the working area
as well as some of the proposed interventions. Institutional
support, though limited, have a potential role to play in moving the
extreme poor out of poverty.
There will also be indirect benefits for people of other well-being
categories through market actors and service providers, small
traders, suppliers and institutions. The outputs contribute to the
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) set out by GoB, UN MDG
1-5, DFID country strategy, GoB long and short term monga
mitigation strategy, and other poverty alleviation strategies of
donors including the EU.
Project at a glance
Graduate 50,550 extreme poor people (16,850 households)
from poverty in rural areas.
Improve livelihoods of 16,850 vulnerable char land households
with better livelihoods and increased resilience to natural
April 2009 to March 2012.
Gaibandha, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Niphamari districts.
16,850 households (approximately 50,550 extreme poor women,
man and children).
shiree/eep: a GoB and DFID partnership.
1. 120 flood protection embankments in four northern districts
adjacent to the Brahmaputra and Tista rivers will be come
under the project interventions;
2. 8,000 extreme poor households will be capable in securing
operational access to sandbar and underutilised land;
3. 16,850 extreme poor households will secure market access
and increased income;
4. 90 percent of target households get supported with asset
protection strategies which would increase their resilience to
disaster and seasonal food crises;
5. Extreme poor households will have stronger influence over
decision making process of local government, line departments
and private service providers;
6. 8850 households will increase their annual income by 50
percent undertaking fisheries, livestock, small business, food
processing and light engineering activities.
OVA (Own Village Development), JSKS (Jhanjira Samaj Kallyan
Sangstha), UDPS (Uttara Development Program Society), GUK
(Gana Unnayan Kendra) and AKOTA.
PPRC (Power and Participation Research Centre) and HI
For more information:
Practical Action Bangladesh
House 12B, Road 4, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205.
Phone: 8650439, 9675236, 9675243, Fax: 9674340