Management of selected social safety net programmes in the vulnerable charlands of Bangladesh

Research Grant Reports
[CF # 1 of 2007]

 In the backdrop of increasing food insecurity in Bangladesh this research was carried out under an FAO grant during 2007-08. The overall objective of the study was to explore the prospect of local participation in Safety Net management by a fieldwork in two vulnerable char areas of Bangladesh. The study comprised a literature review, several stakeholder workshops and fieldwork. The fieldwork included interview of 378 households and FGD with local government representatives and other informants.
Food insecurity appeared nearly universal in Kurigram, over 90% had food insecurity for six months or above compared to 34% in Narsingdi. Female-headed households had higher food insecurity, 97% in Kurigram and 48% in Narsingdi while 34% male-headed and 61% female-headed households received SSN assistance. Social and political connection was the main access route.
Reported leakage was low. However, there were whispers of leakages draining out about 12% of the grants. 
About the possibility of enhancing local participation, 75% informants supported this view mainly to ensure better targeting or proper selection. Some indicated a risk of increasing nepotism and conflicts. The local government leaders also favored it to get a scope for demonstrating neutrality and defending criticism.

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May 2009
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