NETZ continuously conducts research as part of its project-based monitoring system and to further develop its own approach and strategy. All research projects are characterized by participatory approaches in which participants are not just seen as recipients of social change, but rather as integral to change processes. Local knowledge and perspectives are not only captured and acknowledged but form the basis for the research process itself. The following studies represent a small segment of our research portfolio:



Impact Evaluation of two NETZ-supported development projects

by John Vijghen & M. Khairul Islam (2016) | This study examines the impact of two NETZ-supported development interventions and their predecessor projects. By combining quantitative and qualitative methods, the evaluation creates a deeper understanding of the complex economic and social empowerment processes applied in the projects and their impact on the lives of people who suffer from extreme poverty.

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Effects of livestock asset transfer on the resilience of the landless

by Korban Ali and Asim Kumar Roy (2014) | This paper presents findings from a study on the beneficiaries of the ‘Advancement of the  Marginalised Adivasis Deprived of Economic Resources’ (AMADER) Project undertaken by NETZ and funded by DFID/Shiree. The focus of the study lies on landless or near landless people who were considered extreme poor. The paper reports on how the project, which in part was organized around the transfer of livestock assets to extreme poor people, improved their resilience at the end of four years of intervention.

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Graduating Strategies for the Ultra-Poor

by Lukas Rudolph (2012) | The growing evidence on graduation strategies for the ultra-poor, as practiced by NETZ with its project "Income and Food Security for the Ultra-Poor", aims at breaking the poverty trap through a multidimensional approach. This paper reports positive impacts of the project on variable bundles related and unrelated to the project (food security, expenditure, producitve assets, durables, savings). This analysis is extending the working paper "Increasing Food Security by Asset Transfer" by the author below.

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Extreme Poor Adivasis and the Problem of Accessing Social Safety Nets

by Zakir Hossain (2011) | This study explores the factors behind the extremely poor Adivasis’ (indigenous people) scarce access to government-funded social safety nets in one district of the working area of the NETZ-supported AMADER project. With the view to identifying solutions to improve the social safety net coverage of the extremely poor Adivasis, important recommendations could be drawn from the conducted field visits and interviews.

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Out of the Black Hole of Poverty

by Ersha Husain (2011) | On 16 pages the independent author vividly depicts the most important lessons learnt from an empowerment project for extreme poor people implemented by NETZ in association with local NGOs. By drawing on the results of an external evaluation, the impact survey reports and interviews with the project management staff, the study highlights how the graduation approach of the project economically and socially empowers the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the in the North-West of Bangladesh.

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Increasing Food Security by Asset Transfer

by Lukas Rudolph (2011) | The NETZ-supported project "Income and Food Security" uses promotional (asset transfer and training), protective (savings and asset insurance) and transformative measures (lobbying and organization) as a combined intervention to lift ultra-poor households in northern Bangladesh above the poverty line. Based on baseline and endline data of the target- and control-group household this paper assesses the effectiveness of the project on increasing food security. The paper was presented to the "International Conference on International Relations and Development" at the Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, on 19-20 May 2011.

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