Centre for Development Studies

Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Challenge Fund (Shiree) - Bangladesh

April 2014 - March 2016

Principle Investigator: Joe Devine

Funding Body: DfID via Ecorys UK

Research Team: Mathilde Maitrot, Geof Wood

Centre for Development Studies theme

Wellbeing and human development

Department of Social & Policy Sciences theme

Governance and policy deisgn

Project Rationale and Aims:

The Economic Empowerment of the Poorest (Shiree) is a challenge fund which aims to support the Government of Bangladesh in achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. The Shiree programme is a combination of grant-funding and lesson learning for advocacy. Shiree aims to use evidence from qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation, lesson learning and advocacy work to support meaningful policy engagements around societal change, economic growth and poverty reduction in Bangladesh.  In collaboration with NGOs, the programme seeks to reduce the vulnerability of the extreme poor to natural disasters, economic shocks, social exclusion and under nutrition.

Colleagues at Bath have been working with the project since its inception in 2008, supporting the development of the programme's lesson learning and advocacy work. The aim of the new funding is to distil key impactful messages from the programme's experience and to use these to engage with debates around the Government's development priorities, donors' future strategies and the shape of the post MDG framework in Bangladesh.

The 3 main tasks on this project are:

  • Support for Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Advocacy and Outreach
  • Publication and dissemination

Project Outputs and Impacts:

This project will provide support for identification of lesson learning priorities as well as supporting the drive to increase local ownership of the research agenda. A qualitative dataset of CMS5 life histories/Reflections on Interventions  will be established and maintained and will form the basis of reports around themes of shared interest.

There will be a number of working papers published on the Shiree website over the course of the project as well as peer reviewed articles to be submitted for publication in international journals.

For more information about this project please contact:

Name: Prof Joe Devine
Title: Head of Department
Department: Dept of Social and Policy Sciences
Location: 3 East 3.40
E-mail: j.devine@bath.ac.uk
Phone: work+44 (0) 1225 383539