EEP/Shiree works with Partner NGOs on an asset transfer programme aimed at eradicating extreme poverty from Bangladesh. This noble journey started in 2008 and ends in September 2016. Readers may wish to note the following key facts.
The Extreme Poverty problem: 39 million (24.7%) of people live in poverty. (BDT 72 = USD 0.9/person/day). And 20 million of them (12.9%) live in extreme poverty. (BDT 57 = USD 0.73/person/day)
EEP/Shiree‘s contribution is to have reached over 300,000 extreme poor households - that is over 1 million people. And research shows that 95 per cent of them graduate from extreme poverty – now they are in a better place.
EEP/Shiree budget: £84 million spent on 309,000 extreme poor households, funded by UK Aid and SDC.
• Provided productive assets of around US$ 190 to each beneficiary household.
• Provided orientation on Income Generating Activity and skills training to over 300,000 households.
• Created self-employment for 140,000 beneficiary households.
• Linked 4,000 beneficiaries to private sector jobs.
• Provided nutrition support to over 850,000 targeted beneficiaries - mainly nutritional counselling, micro-nutrient supplements and de-worming.
• Influenced government policy with a Background Paper on extreme poverty informing Bangladesh approved 7th Five Year Plan (2016-2020).
• 95% of over 1 million beneficiaries graduated from extreme poverty. • Increased
o Average income per/person/day increased from US$ 0.29 to US$ 0.88
o Average savings of per households increased from US$ 1.9 to US$ 81.2
o Average assets value of per households increased from US$ 30.4 to US$ 318.7 • Reduced
o Anaemia of pregnant and lactating mothers and adolescent girls reduced by 8% over last two years.
o Stunting of children under 2 years reduced by 7.5% over last two years
• EEP/Shiree was the Winner of 2016 Award for Outstanding International Leadership from British Expertise International.