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Implication of Employment Generation Programme for the Poorest (EGPP) to Reduce Disaster and Gender Vulnerability

Employment Generation Program for the Poorest (EGPP) of The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) is a cash-based workfare program targeted to the rural extreme poor that provides a hitherto unavailable element of employment guarantee. Each participant has access to two seasonal packages of bulk employment of 40 days each-one in March through May and the other in October through December. The program typically requires participant to do physical work for rural community infrastructure through schemes chosen by the local community and local government bodies. The program utilizes the banking process to make payments. The beneficiaries are needed to work 7 hours a day and get TK. 200 (Two hundred ) each  day and they are bound to save Tk. 25 daily  in their respective account which is not withdraw able till 1st July of each year. The main objectives are to assess the extent to which the EGPP has achieved its stated objectives, to assess the impact of the program on the target beneficiaries in terms of reduction of disaster vulnerability and increased resilience and to explore the effectiveness, relevance and efficiency of the program for the poorest segments of the society in order to reduce disaster and gender vulnerability.

A critical aspect of the study is the selection of districts and upazilas, so that they are representative of the universe and provide a good data base. The present study will be based on primary data collection and interviews covering 20 districts. In each district, the sampling frame will comprise two upazilas and two unions. Thus, two upazilas from each district and a total of 40 upazilas and 40 unions from 20 districts will be selected for the study purpose. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be utilized.

Duration: 28 June to 30 September 2017

Team Members:  Dr. S. M. Zahedul Islam Chowdhury (Study Director), Dr. Md. Mainul Hoque, Dr. Golam Nabi Majumder,  Dr. M. A. Mannan (External Consultant)

Sponsor: The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR)

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