Building Stable Livelihoods for the Ultra-Poor

Results from seven randomized evaluations of the Graduation approach

This bulletin summarizes the results from seven randomized evaluations of the Graduation approach, a multifaceted livelihood program for the ultra-poor. This particular approach was designed by BRAC and has since been adapted in eight countries with support from CGAP and the Ford Foundation. Researchers conducted randomized evaluations of the program in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and Peru.

By evaluating a similar approach across a diverse set of contexts and implementing partners, results shed new light on important policy questions. Can a “big push” intervention targeted at the ultra-poor help them transition to more secure livelihoods and increase their income even after the two-year program ends? Can the intervention also improve psychosocial well-being and empowerment? Is the Graduation approach effective when implemented across diverse geographical, institutional, and cultural contexts? 

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