Increased Resilience in the face of Covid-19: RCT results from the Graduation Program Emprendiendo una Vida Mejor in Honduras


This webinar was held in English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.

One year after the end of the Graduation Program Emprendiendo una Vida Mejor in Honduras, researchers went back to the field to collect the endline results of the program’s RCT (randomized controlled trial). However, during this one-year interval, participant families had faced the Covid-19 pandemic and a series of natural disasters. Would the expected positive outcomes be sustained despite the compounded shocks that families faced?

In this webinar, we presented the fresh results of the Emprendiendo una Vida Mejor RCT, a Graduation Program implemented through a partnership between the Government of Honduras, the IDB, and Fundación Capital. The evidence shows how Graduation Programs can build resilience and support the economic recovery of vulnerable families in the face of major shocks. The panellists discussed the results of the program, its challenges, and achievements from different points of view – government, academia, practitioner, and funder - and the broader implications of the results for public policy in the region.



Luis Tejerina, Lead Social Protection Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

Jorge Maldonado, Professor in the Department of Economics and Lead Researcher, Universidad de los Andes

Carolina de Miranda, Director of Social and Livelihoods Promotion, Fundación Capital


Moderator: Aude de Montesquiou, Senior Advisor at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development



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SPEC Infographic Series on Employment Generation Programmes

SPEC Resources matrix on Social Protection for Employment


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