The seventh monograph of the CPD-SACEPS Monograph series, brought out under the programme on Eradication of Poverty in South Asia Through the Empowerment of the Poor is a Bangladesh Country Study that focuses on the fundamental weaknesses in the poverty reduction strategies of the international development community. The monograph attempts to analyse the evolution of perception, strategy and practice regarding poverty eradication since the 70s by the major donors in South Asia, namely the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB), by reviewing their specific policies and programmes in Bangladesh.
The study interviewed eight donors in Bangladesh to seek their perceptions about policy agendas suggested under the CPD-SACEPS work programme to address the structural causes underlying poverty, such as lack of access to assets and resources, inequitable participation in markets, and unequal access to human development resources. It was revealed that these agencies had so far never contemplated such structural interventions in their aid programmes for Bangladesh.
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