Poverty Alleviation

Poverty alleviation programmes include various programmes designed to provide a “safety net” to the poorest population groups, and those needing assistance after economic downturns, natural disasters, or events that pose major risks in their lives or livelihoods. One example of

such external risk is the construction of major physical infrastructure projects, including hydropower plants and road construction works. Such works often necessitate the displacement of large numbers of people. Most of these people belong to the most vulnerable groups in society, such as ethnic minorities and indigenous population groups, unable to absorb another social or economic drawback.

To reach these people and address the economic and social consequences of resettlement, much better targeted interventions are needed based on in-depth knowledge of the local socio-economic situation. BG therefore contributes its institutional expertise in a range of community-based activities, including e.g. employment promotion, micro-credit and the provision of basic infrastructure in areas like water supply and sanitation. Building up viable local institutions, able to represent community interests, is thereby considered of key importance.

In the area of community development, gender awareness is pivotal. Our main objective is to help women to expand their participation in and contribution to economic activity; to enhance their economic and social status; and to ensure that they benefit from development.

  • Socio-economic surveys
  • Development of institutional infrastructure for education, health, water supply and sanitation projects
  • Strengthening local organizations, self-help groups and cooperatives
  • Human resource development
  • Design and monitoring of resettlement programmes
  • Women’s promotion and gender awareness
  • Establishment of WiD units
  • Social impact evaluations and assessments