Stories of Targeting: Process Documentation of Selecting the Ultra-Poor for CFPR/TUP Program

The targeting process for the CFPR/TUP (Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction—Targeting the Ultra Poor) program brings together diverse strands of knowledge on poverty (indigenous, local, programmatic, and academic) in identifying and selecting beneficiaries. The targeting process is, therefore, multi-staged and involves a variety of actors and processes. Four researchers were trained in Dhaka on qualitative research methodology with a specific focus on process documentation research (PDR). They were then sent to various CFPR/TUP program areas to document the various stages of the targeting process. The researchers sent back 28 reports covering 108 events/activities/stages to the Head Office from March 19 to April 30, 2003. These process documentation reports in their consolidated form comprise this final paper. The paper looked at the trends and patterns in each of these stages separately, before commenting on the broader themes that have emerged from the process documentation. It concluded that the targeting mechanism was designed to draw and bring together diverse streams of knowledge on poverty in identifying the appropriate ultra-poor for the CFPR/TUP program. The process documentation also illustrated the wealth and diversity of knowledge that intermingles in targeting the ultra-poor and the complex and difficult situations that arise at the interfaces between knowledge.

Authors: Noor, Marufia; Rashid, Mamun-ur; Shihab, Abu Muhammad; Parveen, Rezvina; Rahman, Hasanur; Ali, Tariq; Zaman, Shahaduz; Matin, Imran
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2004