BRAC's Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach: Evidence, Innovations and Intersection with Social Protection


Recording of the webinar "BRAC's Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach: Evidence, Innovations and Intersection with Social Protection", hosted by the platform on 7 February 2017. Founded in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC’s work touches the lives of an estimated 135 million people worldwide. By the mid 1980’s, with successful programming already at scale across microfinance, health, water and sanitation, education and livelihoods, BRAC was beginning to realize that its interventions often failed to reach the ultra-poor, the most vulnerable among poor communities. The programmatic approach innovated in response is now globally known as the Ultra-Poor Graduation approach. Graduation programs comprise of carefully calibrated and sequenced interventions spanning livelihoods, health support, asset transfers, consumption stipends, and financial inclusion, all combined into a 24-month program. SPEC Webinar Series

In this webinar, BRAC unpacks the approach, the growing body of evidence behind the intervention and various international adaptations. With a growing body of evidence on the positive impacts of the approach on the poorest, Graduation approaches hold tremendous potential as an integrated complement to social protection programming.

Presenter: Sadna Samaranayake, Senior Advisor, BRAC Ultra-Poor Advocacy and Advisory Services

Discussant: Michael Samson, Director of Research, Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), South Africa

Moderator: Sally-Anne Vincent, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, Dhaka


This webinar was the second of the Linking Social Protection to Sustainable Employment webinar series, which was organised by GIZ and SPEC. Please join the Online Community Social Protection in MENA if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.