Fonkoze’s CLM Ultra Poverty Programme

Understanding and improving child development and child well-being

"Graduation programs" are anti-poverty interventions that aim to set its participants on a virtuous cycle out of poverty. They provide a comprehensive package of support that often includes consumption transfers, asset transfers, access to savings and credit, training and coaching. Training and coaching are mostly focused on income generating activities but also include messaging regarding health, sanitation and nutrition. Existing research suggests that programs have positive effects on household living standards and assets, including consumption, food security and asset holdings. However, the impact on individual household members, including children, is far less understood.

This report presents findings from a quantitative evaluation assessing the impact of the Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) – pathway to better life – program on child development and well-being in Haiti. The CLM program is implemented by Fonkoze and constitutes a "graduation program". Over a period of 18 months, it provides intense material and non-material support to women who have dependents – often young children – and are living in extreme poverty in rural Haiti.

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By Keetie Roelen & Amrita Saha