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World Vision Ultra-Poor Graduation Handbook

By Bobby Irven • November 9, 2019 • 2 minute read

The World Vision Ultra-Poor Graduation Handbook, developed in collaboration with BRAC, provides insights on the steps and methodology of the Graduation approach.

The Ultra-Poor Graduation Handbook provides guidance on how to plan and implement the World Vision Ultra-Poor Graduation Project Model, which builds on the core principles of the Graduation approach and adapts it to existing World Vision programming and business processes. The Handbook provides key insights on how to position Graduation to positively affect well-being among the most vulnerable families and their children across the world. The Handbook was developed in collaboration with BRAC and is informed by BRAC’s experience of operating and adapting Graduation to diverse contexts for over sixteen years.

The Handbook is a resource to help staff plan and successfully execute an adapted Graduation programme from start to finish. The chapters on the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach, Assessment and Design, Operational Planning, and Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 5) are intended for Area Programme Managers and Programme Officers who undertake design and operational planning. The chapter on Implementation (Chapter 4) is targeted towards frontline staff, namely UPG programme officers and UPG Facilitators.

The Handbook includes the following chapters:

  1. The Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach: This chapter includes an overview of the UltraPoor Graduation approach, and its alignment with World Vision strategy and priorities.
  2. Assessment and Design: This chapter provides guidance on the process for applying the
    core tenets of Graduation to the adaptation and design of a Graduation programme, while
    maintaining consistency with World Vision’s LEAP Guide on aligning national strategy with
  3. Operational Planning: This chapter focuses on pre-implementation activities, such as
    financial planning and staffing, and builds on best practices and processes within World
    Vision programmes.
  4. Implementation: This chapter provides guidance on operationalising the design of
    contextually-adapted Graduation interventions for households with the most vulnerable
    children between 0-18 years. It focuses on interventions related to targeting, social
    protection, livelihoods promotion, financial inclusion, and social empowerment based on
    best practices within World Vision and global Graduation programmes.
  5. Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation: This chapter focuses on how to leverage the
    monitoring of participants, in particular most vulnerable children, and the implementation
    process and evaluation findings to identify opportunities for learning and improving
    operations for optimal effectiveness and scalability.