Opinion: The World Bank’s Evolution is a Chance to Accelerate the End of Extreme Poverty – OECD Development Matters

By Shameran Abed, Executive Director, BRAC International and Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund This opinion article was originally published on the OECD Development Matters blog on September 27, 2023.  The World Bank is evolving, but can it widen its mandate without losing focus on ending extreme poverty? Cascading crises that include COVID-19, the Ukraine war, … Continued

Alleviating Urban Poverty Through Livelihood Generation – IPS

This article was originally published by Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency on August 30, 2023. PUNE, INDIA, Aug 30 2023 (IPS) – In a bid to tackle the complexities of urban poverty, the Government of Bihar’s Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) has launched Satat Jeevikoparjan Yojana Shahari (SJY Urban). The program will include a time-bound … Continued

Local Governments in Indonesia Advance Efforts to Eliminate Extreme Poverty through a Holistic, Evidence-Backed Approach

By Abdurrahman Syebubakar | Country Lead for Indonesia, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative and Courtney Calardo | Head of Communications, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative Caption (above): A photo session with the Governor and almost all heads/vice heads of districts and mayors/vice mayors in West Sumatra province after they signed a joint statement and the plan of action to … Continued

BRAC International Signs MoU with the Government of Bihar to Launch First Government-Led Urban Graduation Program in Asia

PATNA, INDIA – BRAC International recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Bihar’s Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) to launch Satat Jeevikoparjan Yojana Shahari (SJY Urban), the first government-led urban Graduation programme in Asia. This programme was inspired by the existing rural programme, Satat Jeevikoparjan Yojana, locally known as SJY, the … Continued

Staff Spotlight: Jean Claude Muhire, Rwanda Program Director of BRAC UPGI

By Courtney Calardo, Head of Communications, BRAC UPGI Jean Claude Muhire, BRAC UPGI’s Rwanda Program Director, has played a pivotal role in driving UPGI’s partnership with the Government of Rwanda under the Ministry of Local Governance. Under Jean Claude’s leadership, BRAC is now supporting the Government’s new National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation, designed to empower … Continued

Lessons from India on Scaling Graduation through Government

Continued learning and partnership will play a critical role in extreme poverty eradication efforts in the coming years as governments re-evaluate their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. During a recent immersion visit to learn more about JEEViKA’s Satat Jeevikoparjan Yojana (SJY) program, followed by the Inclusive Finance India and Livelihoods India Summits hosted … Continued

Looking Ahead in 2023: Scaling Beautifully

By Greg Chen | Managing Director, BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative BRAC’s founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, liked to say that “small is beautiful, but scale is necessary.” We see this as our twin challenge – to scale at a size that is meaningful on a global level while delivering long-term impact. Recently a colleague nicely … Continued

BRAC Applauds the Launch of the Government of Rwanda’s National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation

Jean Claude Muhire | Rwanda Program Director, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) Photo credit to Ministry of Local Government, Rwanda BRAC applauds the Government of Rwanda’s adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation (NSSG). The National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation represents a notable commitment to empowering people in poverty to develop sustainable livelihoods and establish … Continued

Disability Inclusion Lifts Rural Ugandan Families From Poverty – IPS News

By Wambi Michael, Journalist | Inter Press Service This article originally appeared in Inter Press Service News Agency on June 14, 2022. Read it here. Oyam & Gulu, Uganda , Jun 14 2022 (IPS) – Lawrence Akena was born 32 years ago with microcephaly. Because of his neurological condition, he didn’t go to school or … Continued

What Cultivating Resilience Means for Women Living in Extreme Poverty – Trickle Up

Joint Blog by Trickle Up and BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative Communication team members This article originally appeared on Trickle Up on March 8, 2022. Read it here. As we approach a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world continues to face unprecedented challenges and deep uncertainty, especially as the issues of conflict and climate … Continued