International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, IPC-IG

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

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. 

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

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