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An End in Sight for Ultra-poverty: Scaling Up BRAC’s Graduation Model for the Poorest

Discussing BRAC’s methodology to end extreme poverty
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This report provides a brief on the steps taken by BRAC to help the very poorest ‘graduate’ from ultra-poverty. It identifies the unique set of interventions that are required to alleviate the ‘ultra-poor’ or the people who live on 60-70 cents a day or less. BRAC’s experience points to the usage of an intensive, household-to-household methodology that gives the ultra-poor confidence, skills, and assets they need to reach the bottom rung of the economic ladder. This report covers the following in detail:

  • Background of BRAC and the requirements it thinks are necessary to alleviate households from extreme poverty;
  • Definition and identification of the ultra-poor and the ten indicators that BRAC uses to determine whether a household has ‘graduated’ from extreme poverty;
  • BRAC approach, that builds on inclusive social network for the ultra-poor while introducing basic entrepreneurship training;
  • Building blocks of BRAC’s approach with a focus on proper targeting, grants of productive assets, weekly stipends, savings, intensive hands-on training, health care, and social integration;
  • Results from application of the BRAC approach in locations outside of Bangladesh such as in India and Pakistan.

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