Pathways to Sustained Exit From Extreme Poverty

Evidence from Fonkoze’s extreme poverty ‘graduation’ program

Fonkoze’s ‘Graduation’ program, Chemin Lavi Miyo (CLM), targets extremely poor households in rural Haiti and provides a comprehensive package of inputs designed to support their ascent out of poverty. CLM does this through a multi-pronged livelihoods protection and promotion scheme that combines livelihoods support, social protection, financial inclusion, and the guidance of regular case-manager visits over 18 months.

While the CLM program has demonstrated high rates of graduation and positive outcomes reported soon after graduation, there remains a key question of whether gains are sustained. The study addresses that question and points to factors that contribute to program participants' long-term success. 

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By Emma Shoaf , Anton Simanowitz