Assessing Chars Livelihood Programme

We implemented a longitudinal monitoring and independent impact assessment of the second phase of the Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP-2) in Bangladesh. The programme aimed at sustainably improving the livelihoods of communities and vulnerable households living on riverine islands (Chars) in rural Bangladesh through a wide range of complementary interventions.


Between 2010 and 2016, about 78,000 households received the core package of activities under the programme. This includes, among others, an asset transfer, training related to asset management, infrastructure improvements (plinth raising), sanitation and latrine construction, a stipend, human development activities, and market development interventions. We had to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the programme and to draw lessons for future programme development.

Our approach

We implemented a mixed method evaluation using CLP-2’s own monitoring data to assess the programme. The quantitative component employed quasi-experimental impact assessment methods (Propensity-Score Matching, panel analysis methods) in order to identify the effects that CLP-2 had. For the qualitative components, we collected primary data from CLP-2 intervention areas. We combined evidence from both components in an iterative way, leading to one final integrated analytical product.


The results of the programme were used by DFID/FCDO as part of their programme review, and planning for later livelihood programmes in Bangladesh.

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