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Conducting End-line Survey of SWAPNO 2nd Cycle

Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) is a social transfer-based poverty graduation project aimed towards rural ultra-poor women who are divorced, widowed, abandoned or left with disabled husbands. The main objectives of this project are to give financial support to disadvantaged women through training and employment. The beneficiaries of SWAPNO are employed under Union Parishad for public assets for 18 months. During this period, each beneficiary received about BDT 67,500 as cash wage and about BDT 22,500 as mandatory savings and also received life skill and livelihood skill training under SWAPNO intervention. It also targets so that “economic growth is achieved in a more inclusive manner, with economic opportunities reaching rural poor women, and vulnerable groups are protected against shocks”. It is necessary to assess the effectiveness of such a project so that it can set some lessons for future models. The aim of this study is to assess the impact (both short term and long term) of the SWAPNO project on beneficiaries’ wellbeing, including income, employment, asset accumulation, health status, nutrition, food security, education, and empowerment. Accordingly, the study team would like:

i) To assess the overall success of SWAPNO as a graduation model; what lessons can we draw from SWAPNO to design such programs in the future?

ii) To measure to what extent SWAPNO has contributed to solve the needs and problems identified in the design phase; 

iii) To measure the program’s degree of implementation against target and assess the efficiency and quality of delivery;

There is a baseline study on the SWAPNO 2nd Cycle beneficiary and control households which was conducted on December 2017. The current study will revisit those sampled households to conduct a panel analysis. In addition, the study will include additional control households from the SWAPNO 1st phase so that the dynamics of the intervention can be better understood. 

Team Composition for the study: Dr. Binayak Sen (Research Director and Team Leader), Md. Iqbal Hossain (Research Associate) and Md. Riaz Uddin (Research Associate).

Sponsored by: UNDP, Bangladesh.

Timeline of the study: July-October 2019 (4 months).

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