Mainstreaming Graduation into Social Protection in Asia

Graduation is one of the most evidence-based, integrative development approaches to date. It’s a proven, comprehensive set of interventions that provides those living in extreme poverty with the tools, access to resources, livelihoods, and self-confidence needed to break the poverty trap. Graduation is not, nor ever was, intended to be an alternative to social protection used to supplant existing government interventions for the poor. Instead, the approach can act as a strategic complement to build on social protection mechanisms to more effectively tackle extreme poverty challenges in a given country. When paired with social protection systems and adequate safety nets, the Graduation approach can have long-lasting, positive impacts, contributing significantly to the core aims of several Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 1: to eliminate poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030.