Learn More About Graduation
Governments, aid agencies, and donors have been looking for something backed by real evidence showing they can help the poorest of the world, and the Graduation approach does exactly that.- Annie Duflo - Executive Director | Innovations for Poverty Action
Global and Regional Partners
Partnering with influencers around the world
Collaborating for Impact
We’ll leverage BRAC’s experience, insights, and expertise to support our core efforts:Our Expertise
Strengthening Government Capacity
Advise governments on how to best utilize their existing resources and integrate our approach into their poverty reduction programs.
Adapting to Local Contexts
Work with local governments, civil society, and communities to customize poverty alleviation programs to understand and address the unique and multidimensional challenges people living in extreme poverty face in different contexts.
Investing in Learning & Innovation
Study the most effective ways to adapt and scale our approach, and use these learning to inform our program and policy recommendations and improve our methods.
Influencing Policies & Programs
Advocate for more adaptive, inclusive, and comprehensive policies and programs to better serve the poorest people living around the world.
Adapting Graduation for Different Contexts & Communities
Extreme poverty does not exist on its own. It is deeply tied to the other large-scale global challenges. That’s why we adapt our approach to effect positive change across a variety of contexts, for different marginalized communities, addressing multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Women’s Economic Empowerment
Adapting for Urbanization
Reducing Gender Inequality (SDG 5)
Women are disproportionately affected by extreme poverty. They have less access to and control over resources, less access to healthcare and education, and are more likely to perform unpaid or underpaid care work.
Because they face the greatest vulnerabilities and are more likely to invest back into their families, the Graduation approach prioritizes women in extreme poverty. We work alongside them to build resilience, secure sustainable employment, and carve a path out of extreme poverty for themselves and their households.
- Empowering Women through the Graduation Approach
BRAC’s Graduation approach aims to empower women as agents of change within their households and their broader communities.
Supporting Economic Empowerment (SDG 10)
People in extreme poverty — particularly women — are often trapped in low-wage or irregular work that keeps them from earning enough, saving, or investing in the future. They frequently face social and financial barriers to receiving loans, opening bank accounts, and integrating into local markets.
The Graduation approach connects participants to markets, promotes financial inclusion, and provides resources and training so they can build long-term livelihoods.
- Livelihoods Promotion in the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach
Through our tailored market-driven livelihood interventions, participants gain the tools to earn sustainable incomes and lift their households out of extreme poverty.
Building Climate Resilience (SDG 13)
Extreme poverty and climate change are inextricably linked. As climate change worsens, it compounds systemic inequalities and exacerbates poverty, food insecurity, and social injustice.
As part of a collective effort to combat the impacts of climate change, BRAC commits to applying a climate resilience lens to future development activities, including Graduation programs in climate-vulnerable contexts.
- Building Climate Resilience through the Graduation Approach
By supporting more diversified incomes, food security, financial services education, and coaching on natural resource management, Graduation helps participants become more economically resilient in the face of climate and other major shocks.
Adapting for Urbanization (SDG 11)
Migrants to industrial areas often accept the risks and poor living conditions of city life because it is their only way to access the economic opportunities available in urban centers.
Although originally developed for rural communities, the Graduation approach has been adapted to urban contexts to address the growing challenges and needs of urban populations.
- Adapting the Graduation Approach for the Urban Context
To effectively tailor our Graduation approach to urban contexts, we conducted rigorous assessments of the vulnerabilities, needs, and capacities of people living in urban poverty.
Reducing Youth Unemployment (SDG 8)
The global youth labor force will increase significantly by 2030. With many working youth living in poverty, some in extreme poverty, there is a need to empower the next generation with income-generating skills and assets.
Barriers to youth empowerment leave young people, especially adolescent girls, more vulnerable to poverty, exploitation, early age pregnancy, and gender-based violence. While access to education is expanding, quality of learning is lagging behind and the new generations face limited job prospects. Social and economic inclusion programs can connect young people with economic opportunities and set them on a path out of poverty.
- Youth Economic and Social Inclusion
BRAC’s youth empowerment program takes a multifaceted approach to this complex challenge, applying key elements from Graduation and providing youth with education, economic empowerment, and social support.
Promoting Food Security (SDG 2)
Achieving zero hunger requires holistic approaches that recognize and address the deeply intertwined realities of food insecurity and extreme poverty.
To reach both the goal of zero hunger and the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030, the international community must back evidence-based programs which enable households to build resilient livelihoods so that they can access and afford nutritious food now and in the long term.
- Graduation and Food Security
Graduation promotes food security holistically so that participating households can experience long-term improvements in their household nutritional status.
Meet Our Partners
Partnering with influencers around the world.
- Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
- ACCESS Development Services
- Action for Sustainable Development
- Asian Development Bank
- Big Lottery Fund
- The BOMA Project
- CARE International
- Cartier Philanthropy
- Catalyst 2030
- Egyptian Human Development Association
- FinMark Trust
- Giving Without Limits Association
- Government of Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Government of Kenya
- Government of Lesotho, Ministry of Social Development
- Government of Philippines, Department of Labor and Employment & Department of Social Welfare and Development
- Government of Rwanda
- Government of Tunisia, Ministry of Agriculture and Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries & Ministry of Social Affairs
- Government of the United Kingdom, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
- Government of Zambia, Ministry of Community Development and Social Services
- Guinea National Agency for Economic and Social Inclusion
- International Fund for Agricultural Development
- Innovations for Poverty Action
- Medicor Foundation
- Partnership for Economic Inclusion
- Sawiris Foundation
- Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board
- World Bank
I’d like to also take this opportunity to congratulate the entire BRAC team for such a fantastic job on the [Sustainable Women's Livelihoods] curriculum and engaging men in activities. It was a challenging assignment, not just because of the travel restrictions but also the goal of designing activities that are effective yet easy to incorporate into what’s already quite a complex project, yet you delivered really high quality work. We’ve really appreciated the BRAC team’s knowledge and professionalism and hope to have the opportunity to work together again soon.- Ioana A. Botea | Social Protection Economist at the World Bank