International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

EVALUATORY ASSESSMENT OF WORLD BANK'S POVERTY REDUCTION INTERVENTIONS IN RAJASTHAN
Ms. Sandhya Bhatia

Abstract
Poverty alleviation has always acquired priority in all government planning and policies. The Rajasthan government has also put many poverty reduction programs in place but no permanent dent on the upliftment of the downtrodden sections could be achieved. In year 2000, an entirely different poverty management strategy was adopted by government of Rajasthan in collaboration with World Bank in the name of District Poverty Initiatives Project (DPIP) with objectives of improving the economic opportunities, living standard and social status of BPL households of the  seven poorest districts of Rajasthan. The present evaluatory study refers to one district of Rajasthan and attempts to examine whether or not the DPIP targeted BPL families of the district of Rajsamand acquired higher socio-economic status after the project got completed in the year 2007. Since interventions had aimed to deliver a wide range of benefits affecting different welfare dimensions of the poor, various welfare indices are constructed from more than 80 non-quantifiable variables. Application of two way ANOVA test and non-parametric Mann Witney U-test are applied for carrying out such evaluatory exercise.

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