Item - CLIMBING THE LADDER: THE ROLE OF A POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM IN A NORTHERN GHANAIAN VILLAGE

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CLIMBING THE LADDER: THE ROLE OF A POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM IN A NORTHERN GHANAIAN VILLAGE

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  • 2016 (Creation)

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39 mins (full length) and 15 mins (short)
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Director: Karin Slater: South Africa/ Ghana 2016
Producer: Steven Markovitz for Big World Cinema with the support of JustFilms, and the Ford Foundation.
Language: English and Dagbani with choice of text and subtitles in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.
Could four goats and two chickens change a life? If you live in the rural Northern district in Ghana, the answer is yes. Women selected by the Targeting the Ultra Poor Program (TUP) are changing their lives and those of their children as they participate in the Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction program (CFPR) which combines a gift of an asset with complementary strategies, such as training in the use of the asset and other life skills, a time-bound cash stipend, and introduction of a savings scheme, instead of focusing on only one aspect of poverty. ... The film highlights the daily choices and progress of a few participants in the program. An evaluation of the intervention by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) provides a perspective of how well the program performed relative to a control group of similar families who did not participate in the program. From their initial selection by means of a poverty ranking system involving the entire village to their growing savings account balances we celebrate their climb up the ladder toward an improved life for them and their children. More than an economic growth story this is the tale of human resilience and fortitude in the face of extreme poverty. Participants: Daniel Duut Janamah, Dean Karlan, Alima Mutaru, Mariama Yebdow.

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