In your own way


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The People at the Brim: Cambodia


Ricci P.H. Yue*

In the Far East, Cambodians are enjoying their fastest rate of urbanisation in history. The end of decades of civil war led to rapid economic growth, and this force began to pull villagers to the capital city, Phnom Penh. The life of a farmer is not easy. Poverty drives them away from the rural areas and the neon lights of city attract these farmers to migrate to the city.


Do the Poor Benefit from Trade Liberalisation? Why?

Shadlee Rahman*


Taking Bangladesh as a case, this article critically looks into trade liberalisation and discusses whether the poor can benefit from it. The Author argues that trade liberalisation can indeed benefit the poor, given the presence of complementary transmission mechanisms. However, in the absence of this, it becomes very difficult to find a causal relationship between the two. The challenge is to find the elements crucial for poverty alleviation both between and within countries to help the weak and marginalised.

Participant (right) of BRAC's graduation programme

Can all women graduate? The challenges of graduation programmes

Sarabe Chan*  


The graduation model has been hailed as one of the most comprehensive approaches to lifting even the most destitute households out of extreme poverty (Hashemi & Umaira, 2011). In this paper, I attempt to offer a more nuanced perspective on the difficulties that female programme participants may face.

The graduation model was pioneered in 2002 when BRAC Bangladesh developed the 18-month “Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction – Targeting the Ultra Poor” programme (CFPR/TUP).