Assignment Name:

Programme Design of the “Enabling Pathways out of Extreme Poverty (EPEP) Programme”

Name of Client:
Funded by:

DAI Europe Ltd.
DAI Europe Ltd.

Duration of assignment (months):
Start date (month/year):
Completion date (month/year):

3 months
15 September, 2015
11 December, 2015

Location within country:
Total No. of staff-months of the assignment:

Jessore and Sylhet
3 months

Narrative description of Project:

The programme would be aimed at promoting sustained pathways out of poverty for up to 2 million extreme poor people in Bangladesh. The aim of the consultancy team contracted was to assist DFID-B to design a new extreme poverty programme. The real challenge was to identify how best to integrate, package and sequence different components into a manageable and sustainable whole, that could deliver key design objectives. Specific objectives included:

Consult closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including GoB, donors, UN agencies, NGOs, managing agents, research and policy institutions, to help shape the design and ensure it draws on their insights and takes account of their various interest and priorities. Particular attention was to be paid to consultation with GoB to help build the foundation for a strong partnership in the new programme.

To identify and set out alternative, feasible programme options responding to key issues identified in the DFID concept note and design brief. This included technical interventions options, the delivery model and geographical focus. The options were supposed to reflect what had worked well in the current programmes and other relevant international experience, while addressing key weaknesses or gaps in these programmes. The design options had to address DFID’s core objectives, theory of change (ToC) and other design parameters set out in the Design Brief.

Explore opportunities for joint programming, integration or close collaboration with (existing or planned) complementary DFID-B programmes and other (existing or planned) donor programmes with similar or complementary objective and targeting.

Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:

The responsibilities of the design team were to:

  • Use the DFID-B Concept Note and Design Brief as a guiding framework for the design task as well as the extensive body of review, learning and evaluation documents from existing relevant programmes.
  • Draw on and consult other national and international secondary material and best practice on relevant themes such as extreme poverty, graduation, market systems development, social mobilization and voice, disasters and climate risk and under nutrition.
  • Review and draw on design ideas and suggestions received through the Early Market Engagement process, including a likely ‘discovery day’ with potential partners and suppliers and written submissions received from partners/suppliers.
  • Consult closely with a wide range of stakeholders in Bangladesh to ensure the design draws as much as possible on external ideas, expertise and experience of what does and does not work.
  • Consult with all key government institutions and donors to inform the design
  • Conduct field visits to support the selection and prioritization of target regions and consult with sub-national stakeholders.
  • Produce a design report setting out detailed design options.
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