Aga Khan Foundation Canada in partnership with BRAC – the largest indigenous NGO in the world

Challenging Frontiers of Poverty Presentations in Feb.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada, in partnership with BRAC – the largest indigenous NGO in the world – will be hosting a series of presentations at universities across Canada in February.

The aim of these presentations is to help Canadians broaden their understanding of the issues surrounding ultra poverty, and to learn about how BRAC’s innovative new program, Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty (CFPR), works to alleviate economic and social exclusion among the ultra poor in Bangladesh.

CFPR is a multi-dimensional program that is experimenting with asset transfers and stipends, combined with enterprise development training, social development support, and health care support as a means of helping the ultra poor – largely women – to graduate into mainstream poverty alleviation programs. Funded by a consortium of donors, including the Canadian International Development Agency, CFPR has succeeded in both raising the skill and confidence levels and improving the socio-economic status of ultra poor women. A cost-benefit analysis of the program also determined that the benefits to the participants far outweigh the program costs.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Imran Matin
Dr. Imran Matin is the Director of BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Division and the BRAC Africa Program. Prior to joining BRAC, he worked at the World Bank and the University of Sussex, from where he completed his Masters and PhD. Dr. Matin has written extensively in the areas of microfinance, poverty and livelihoods.

Ms. Mehnaz Rabbani
Mehnaz Rabbani is a Senior Research Associate at the Research and Evaluation Division (RED), BRAC. She has a Masters degree in Economics from Brown University, Rhode Island and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Bard College, New York. She has been closely involved with CFPR research since 2004.

Mr. Vivek Prakash
Mr. Prakash obtained his Master’s degree in Economics from MgGill University, and is currently doing his Ph.D. at Dalhousie University. Sponsored by the BRAC-AKFC Learning Partnership, he recently spent a year in Bangladesh with RED as a Research Associate to help evaluate the impact of the CFPR program. His research interests include vulnerability, health, education, and social networks.

Your support in promoting this event would be greatly appreciated. Please circulate this email and attached poster to all those interested.

The presentations will be held at the following campuses across Canada in February 2007. Each seminar will run from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm, except for Carleton University in Ottawa, where the presentation will be held from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Attendance is free and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

• Carleton University
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
*Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Room 360
Tory Building
1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

• University of British Columbia
Monday, February 5th, 2007
Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Drive Vancouver, British Columbia

• University of Toronto
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
Room 108
Koffler Institute (KP)
569 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 2J7

• McGill University
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Room 219
Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7

For more information, please visit us at
This event is sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Aga Khan Foundation Canada.


Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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