Staff Correspondent: Some 65.5 percent beneficiaries of government’s social safety net programmes are non-poor and 34.5 percent beneficiaries are really poor.
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) made the disclosure in research report titled -”Efficiency of Delivering Social Protection Programmes in North-West Region” on Wednesday.
With the assistance of Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, CPD organised the virtual dialogue in association with Oxfam in Bangladesh.
While presenting the keynote speech, CPD Senior Research Fellow Towfiqul Islam Khan said, “Social Safety Net Programmes in Bangladesh are able to cover only a proportion of the total poor population. Only 32.5% poor households received some forms of assistance, while about 19.8% among the non-poor were included in such programmes.”
“The report prepared based on study on five services like maternity allowance, primary school stipend, secondary school stipend, employment generation programme for the poorest and old age allowance in four poverty-prone districts Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha and Nilphamari,” Towfiqul Islam Khan added.
He further said that the number of beneficiaries is relatively high in those districts due to higher poverty rate.
Among the beneficiaries, 43.9 percent non-poor people are enjoying social safety net privileges in Gaibandha, 30.4 percent in Kurigram, 34.1 percent Nilphamari and 21.6 percent in Rangpur, he added.
According to the CPD report, the employment generation programme for the ultra-poor programmes had the best targeting, while the secondary school stipend programme was the worst.
The report said, about 67.8 percent of beneficiaries in five districts are from non-poor families, while only 32.2 percent of them from poor families. 41.5 percent of beneficiaries for the maternity allowance are from poor families, while 58.5 percent of them from non-poor families.
More than half of the beneficiaries for employment generation programme for the ultra-poor programme are from non-poor families.
A B Tajul Islam, MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief, Rensje Teerink, Ambassador and Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow, CPD, and, Convener, Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, CPD, and Dr Dipankar Datta, Country Director, Oxfam in Bangladesh, Parveen Akhter, Director General, Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Dr M Abu Eusuf, Professor & Chairman, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, CPD spoke at the event.
Representatives of local governments, beneficiaries of the social safety nets and officials from different NGOs attended the dialogue.
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