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What Works for the Poorest?

Edited By David Lawson,David Hulme,Imran Matin,Karen Moore
ISBN: 9781853396908
This book is the first attempt to examine ‘what works for the poorest’ and analyses innovative ultra-poor programmes from around the world and explores the lessons that emerge from this important body of knowledge. It should be read by staff of donor agencies and NGOs, students of development studies who are concerned about chronic poverty.

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  • Synopsis
    Poverty reduction has become the central goal of development policies over the last decade but there is a growing realization that the poorest people rarely benefit from poverty reduction programmes. Microfinance programmes can help poor people improve their lives but generally such programmes do not reach the extremely poor and the chronic poor: casual labourers in remote rural areas, ethnic and indigenous minorities, older people, widows, migrants, bonded labourers and others.To counter this, governments, NGOs and donors have started to mount programmes explicitly targeting the poorest. This book is the first attempt to examine such initiatives and identify ‘what works for the poorest’. It asks the questions: what are the characteristics of extreme poverty? how can we target the very poor? how can we ensure that women are not excluded? Through a set of carefully selected and well-integrated papers this book analyses innovative ultra-poor programmes from around the world and explores the lessons that emerge from this new and important body of knowledge.What Works for the Poorest? should be read by staff of donor agencies and NGOs, students of development studies and interested readers who are concerned about chronic poverty.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Preface, Foreword - Ravi Kanbu, Contributors)
    1. What works for the poorest?
    David Hulme and David Lawson
    Part A: Creating knowledge about the poorest
    2. Pro-poorest growth: A National Household Survey Approach
    Umar Serajuddin, Hassan Zaman and Ambar Narayan
    3. A ‘Q-squared’ approach to enhancing our understanding of the chronically poor
    David Lawson
    4. Alternative accounts of chronic disadvantage: Income deficits versus food security
    Naila Kabeer
    Part B: Targeting the poorest
    5. Identifying and targeting the extreme poor: A methodology for rural Bangladesh
    Binayak Sen and Sharifa Begum
    6. Testing combined targeting systems for cash transfer programs: the case of the CT-OVC programme in Kenya
    Carlos Alviar, Francisco Ayala and Sudhanshu Handa
    7. Institutional issues in scaling up programmes for the health needs of the very poor
    Hilary Standing and Elizabeth Kirk
    Part C: Policies and programmes for the poorest: case studies
    8. Eradicating extreme poverty: The Chile Solidario programme
    Armando Barrientos
    9. Assisting the poorest in Bangladesh: Learning from BRAC’s ‘Targeting the Ultra Poor’ Programme
    David Hulme and Karen Moore
    10. Unconditional cash transfers to the very poor in central Vietnam: Is it enough to 'just give them the cash’?
    Peter Chaudhry
    11. Exclusion to empowerment: Women of the Siddi community in Gujarat, India
    Somnath Bandyopadhyay, Apoorva Oza and David Nygaard
    12. The NREGA and rural women in poverty: Entitlements, issues and emerging concerns
    Rina Bhattacharya, Meera Pillai and Ratna Sudarshan
    13. Strategies for promoting decent contract labour: Experiences from South African and UK agriculture
    Stephanie Barrientos
    14. The role of health equity funds in meeting health-related needs of the poorest in urban areas of Cambodia.
    Chean Rithy Men and Maurits Van Pelt
    Part D: Making it work: finding the money and spreading the knowledge
    15. Linking microfinance and safety net programmes: New pathways for the poorest
    Syed Hashemi and Malika Anand
    16. Revenue mobilization for poverty reduction: What we know, what we need to know
    Tony Addison
    17. Making poverty reduction programmes work for the poorest
    David Hulme and David Lawson
    Back Matter (Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘After this book, development policy and practice should never be the same again.’ Professor Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies, UK. ‘This book, based on field experience in Bangladesh and elsewhere, gives highly practical guidance on what we know about the ultra-poor, how to identify them, and what best advances them.’ Professor Michael Lipton, Poverty Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK. ‘Everyone committed to the MDGs worldwide should know this book.’ Professor Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University. ‘Einstein once noted ruefully that efforts to combine practice and theory too often left us with a world in which “nothing is working, and no-one knows why”. Happily, contemporary efforts to integrate scholarship and action in the quest to reduce global poverty are yielding a fruitful array of innovative responses whose efficacy is both demonstrated and understood. This book showcases the best of these initiatives.’ Michael Woolcock, World Bank. ‘What Works For The Poorest is must reading for policymakers and practitioners who are concerned about the poorest of the poor.’ Dale W. Adams, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
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    Editor David Lawson,David Hulme,Imran Matin,Karen Moore
    Number of Pages 300
    Format Paperback / softback
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