Coaching in Economic Inclusion: Learning from Existing Models and Casting a Way Forward

Coaching is used in 90% of economic inclusion programs and is increasingly seen as a critical component of such interventions. It is a cross-cutting element in economic inclusion programming, facilitating all other components of a program and facilitating the ‘human side’ of interventions by providing participants with the extra support and advice they need to take full advantage of program resources. This In Practice paper shares insights and lessons learned from a comprehensive literature review of economic inclusion interventions and their approach to coaching. It explores coaching along seven design parameters: scope of coaching, depth of coaching, type of coaching (individual versus group), level of engagement, caseload, staffing, and coaching tools.