Despite considerable progress in recent decades, nearly 1 billion people worldwide live below the international extreme poverty line of $1.90 per day. A group that has been particularly hard to reach with anti-poverty programmes are the ‘ultra-poor’. With low assets and few skills, the ultra-poor work largely in insecure wage labour, do not participate in modern economic growth and have been difficult to target with credit and human capital policies.
This paper investigates whether the Targeting the Ultra Poor program can lift households out of poverty in a fragile context: Afghanistan.
Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction- Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR-TUP) programme of BRAC implements two interventions for the ultra-poor: a grant-based support package for specially targeted ultra poor (henceforth STUP support package), and a credit plus grant support package for other targeted ultra poor (henceforth OTUP support package). The target group of the OTUP support package is drawn from relatively well-off households than the STUP ones. Further, the STUP support package is more expensive compared to the OTUP.
Presentation of the webinar dedicated to "Gender Sensitive Social Protection Design: What Works in Asia?" hosted by the socialprotection.org platform on 6 October, 2016. The webinar is the third webinar of the Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Webinar Series, which is a joint initiative of the IPC-IG and FAO and it presented how a gender perspective can be considered and integrated into the design phase of social protection interventions.