Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Extreme poverty project wins Outstanding International Leadership award

Fri Apr 15 11:18:00 BST 2016

The DFID and SDC funded project Economic Empowerment of the Poorest has been announced as the winner of the Outstanding International Leadership category at the British Expertise International Awards 2016, held in London on 11 April.

The award recognises the organisation that has demonstrated the most impressive leadership qualities across their international project.

The project is implemented by a consortium of Ecorys UK, the Centre for Development Studies  at the University of Bath, PMTC Bangladesh, the British Council, and Unnayan Shamannay.

Since 2008 the project has helped over one million Bangladeshis take steps out of Extreme Poverty. Further information on the programme can be found on the SHIREE website.

Speaking about this achievement, Principle Investigator Dr Joe Devine commented: “This has been a very successful programme supporting people living in extremely vulnerable and precarious conditions but also transforming policy discussions around extreme poverty in Bangladesh. The award recognises the effectiveness of a partnership model involving international consultancies, academics, civil society leaders and NGO practitioners. What has united us all is a commitment to build on our respective expertise to have a positive impact on society”.