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What works for the Poorest? Knowledge, Policies and Practices

3-5 December 2006
BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


The conference sought to contribute to global poverty reduction by generating useful knowledge about practical actions, public policies, and innovative financing ideas that can help the poorest improve their lives. Key questions asked include:

  • How to finance the fight against extreme poverty?
  • What is the potential for social protection, and social policy – including asset transfers, health and education – to help the poorest people exit poverty?
  • How can the different domains (economic, social and political) that interlock to create poverty traps be unlocked?

The debates contained a wealth of ideas, experience and practical suggestions to take the fight against chronic and extreme poverty forward.

Speakers and schedule

Key speakers and discussants were: 

  • Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, CPD
  • David Hulme, University of Manchester
  • Nalia Kabeer, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Syed Hashemi, Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP)

The full Conference Agenda is available here.

Event website

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Meeting reports


Full list of resources used at this and parallel conferences available here

Resources and links

Articles on the conference from Bangladesh's newspapers

The Daily Star

Photo of 'What Works for the Poorest?' Conference Speakers (c) The Daily Star 06.12.06

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Chairman Rehman Sobhan (2-R) speaks at a conference titled “What works for the poorest?” in Dhaka yesterday, as University of Manchester’s David Hulme (2-L), Naila Kabeer of Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Syed Hashemi of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP) look on. (The Daily Star, 06.12.06, page 8).