Sustaining Escapes From Ultra-Poverty: A Mixed Methods Assessment of Layered Interventions in Coastal Bangladesh

Despite Bangladesh’s substantial reduction in poverty rates from 34.2% in 2000 to 6.6% in 2019, vulnerabilities remain, especially for households at risk of re-impoverishment and those living in ultra-poverty. Climate-related shocks, health challenges, limited market access, and the COVID-19 pandemic drive these issues. This study investigates how integrating Ultra-Poor Graduation (UPG) programming with inclusive Market Systems Development (iMSD), disaster risk reduction (DRR), and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions can enhance individual and community resilience while preventing re-entry into poverty. Utilizing the Nobo Jatra Project in southwest Bangladesh, the mixed-method study reveals that integrated livelihoods, disaster management, and women’s empowerment significantly contribute to reducing poverty risks. These key findings emphasize the need for gender-sensitive economic empowerment and broader systemic coordination to ensure sustained poverty reduction.

This study is relevant to SDG 1 (no poverty), particularly to ending poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Researchers: Vidya Diwakar; Tony Kamninga; Tasfia Mehzabin; Emmanuel Tumusiime; Rohini Kamal; Nuha Anoor Pabony

Year: 2022