Putting the Furthest Behind First
Designing and Delivering Government-Led Graduation Programs for People in Extreme Poverty
This In Practice paper shares insights and learning from four non-governmental organizations on the potential to scale up government-led Graduation programs for people living in extreme poverty. It contributes to the growing policy space around economic inclusion and identifies good practices for designing and implementing government-led Graduation programs. It makes recommendations and identifies key considerations for governments on how to identify, reach, and deliver impactful programming to individuals and households facing socioeconomic exclusion and marginalization.
The Global Challenge
Today, over 700 million people around the world live in extreme poverty. By the end of 2021, another 50 million people are expected to join them.
While the challenges vary across different contexts, extreme poverty can mean a life without regular meals, education, clean water, healthcare, or a supportive social network. It can mean a life without hope for the future.
Everyone has a right to dignity, opportunity, and social protection.
People living in extreme poverty are unjustly trapped by circumstances beyond their control and should receive the support needed to uplift their lives.
Social programs and policies should prioritize those with the greatest need while working to extend coverage to everyone.
Active collaboration with governments and local communities is essential to effectively address the challenges and opportunities of each unique context.
Uniquely Positioned to Scale
As the pioneer and largest implementer of a proven approach, BRAC has already reached over 2.1 million households in Bangladesh, empowering 95 percent of participants to “graduate” from extreme poverty. With our track record of success, we are well-positioned to expand our operations and impact.Our Expertise
Strengthening Government Capacity
We have advised government programs and developed strategies with nine state and national governments in Asia and Africa.
Adapting to Local Contexts
We have developed and implemented site-specific adaptations of our approach in 14 countries, addressing a range of different contexts and unique concerns.
Investing in Learning & Innovation
We spent nearly two decades identifying the most effective ways to adapt and scale our approach, and sharing that knowledge with the wider community.
Expanding Our Team
Our growing cohort of expert advisors is skilled at diagnosing the needs of governments, assessing varying poverty contexts, and implementing decades of operational expertise.
How We Work
BRAC UPGI partners with governments, policymakers, multilaterals, and civil society to expand adoption of our proven approach worldwide and enact local and global policy changes that better serve people living in extreme poverty.
Maximizing National Impact
We have worked with government partners such as the Philippines, Kenya, Zambia, India, and Pakistan to adapt and integrate our approach into existing programs and policies and with civil society and local communities to sustain local efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.