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Representatives of think tanks, poverty experts, private sector companies, donors, NGOs and activists met on December 6, 2013 to discuss the fate of 25 million extremely poor people (approximately 6 million families) in Bangladesh.
The discussion took place at the launching ceremony of the Manifesto for the Extreme Poor. The Manifesto is a civil society document that demands the complete eradication of extreme poverty from Bangladesh by 2022.
The Manifesto has evolved over the last year and a half through a consultative process including the participation of over 100,000 extremely poor people and stakeholders from various parts of society through round table discussions, debates and a multi-media campaign and has already received endorsements from over 43 national and international organisations.
Targeting 1 million families a year, Bangladesh should be able to eradicate extreme poverty by 2022, well before the other countries in this sub-continent. To achieve this, the Manifesto calls for collective action and a three-pronged approach: 1. Design and implement a national programme of transformative initiatives (asset-transfers and skills training) to enable the 6 million families to engage with the market. 2. Systematically reform public services and social protection transfers to prioritise the needs of the extreme poor. 3. Promote institutional, policy and behavioural changes needed to address the root causes of extreme poverty.
Renowned Economist and Ex-Advisor of the Caretaker Government Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman said, “The Manifesto for the Extreme Poor complements the discussion taking place around the National Social Protection Reform strategy. We need a broad-based conversation involving all relevant stakeholders to ensure the right mix of policy and programme initiatives for holistic and sustainable elimination of extreme poverty.”
Dr. Wahiduddin Mahmud, currently a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy, said, “Eradication of extreme poverty within a decade is an achievable target, but it will require appropriate policies and a political will. The extreme poor face multi-dimensional livelihood challenges that require targeted and innovative solutions; economic growth alone will not be enough. Bangladesh has performed beyond expectations in many social development indicators. We can tackle the problem of extreme poverty as well, if we have a collective commitment.”
Head of Advocacy, Economic Empowerment of the Poorest/ Shiree, Shazia Omar said, “Bangladesh has made great strides in development: from microfinance to ORS, from reduction in maternal mortality to improvements in family planning. Now it’s time for Bangladesh to do something extraordinary again. As a symbolic 50th anniversary gift to our nation, let us eradicate extreme poverty from Bangladesh by 2022.”
The people behind the Manifesto hope this goal will be adopted by whichever governments are in power over this period.
For information, please visit http://www.manifestofortheextremepoor.com website.