BRAC, a leading NGO of the country, on Saturday said it has set a target to support 4.5 lakh ultra-poor families across the country by 2020 to complement government's effort to eradicate extreme poverty.
BRAC's endeavor in this regard was projected at the 'Development Fair 2018' that the world's largest non-government organization took part. The three-day fair rounded off today at the National Shilpakala Academy in the city.
BRAC showcased its range of programs implemented for poverty alleviation and development at the fair. Among its programs, Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) was specially focused in the event for its dedicated work since 2002 in stamping out extreme poor.
Brochures describing the TUP program activities, leaflets explaining its role in the achievement of country's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and booklets profiling the families successfully graduating from ultra-poverty were among the materials displayed at the BRAC stall at the fair.
Through its TUP program BRAC provided assistance to over 17 lakh families in 47 districts from 2002 to 2017 to recover from ultra-poverty.
In 2018 TUP is being implemented in 210 upazilas of 43 districts, BRAC said on Saturday. Current allocation under the program for each participating family is roughly Tk. 40,000.
The Development Fair 2018 was organized in all the 64 districts including the capital city with participation from a number of ministries engaged in poverty alleviation activities and NGOs as well.
The main objective of the fair is to showcase the development activities across the country and increase public engagement.
BRAC targets to support 4.5 lakh ultra-poor by 2020