Steps Towards Change: National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction II
Following completion of the Fifth Five Year Plan in 2002, the Government of Bangladesh changed its development strategy and adopted PRSP in an attempt to reduce poverty on a fast track basis. The Government vision for ‘a Poverty free Bangladesh’ is to reduce poverty within the shortest possible time through attaining higher economic growth. In line with its objectives, NSAPR II (FY 2009-11) was approved by the then Caretaker Government in 2008.
The poverty reduction strategy framework of the revised NSAPR II is based on the reality of multidimensionality of poverty and takes into account the dynamics of the socio-economic factors that reinforce and perpetuate poverty in the country. The strategy framework consists of five strategic blocks and five supporting strategies, these are: (i) macroeconomic environment for pro-poor growth; (ii) critical areas for pro-poor growth; (iii) essential infrastructure for propoor growth; (iv) social protection for the vulnerable; and (v) human development. The supporting strategies, on the other hand, comprise of: (i) ensuring participation, social inclusion, and empowerment; (ii) promoting good governance; (iii) ensuring efficient delivery of public services; (iv) caring for environment and tackling climate change; and (v) enhancing productivity and efficiency through science and technology.