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20 July 2017
The graduation approach is proven to lift families out of extreme poverty. Organizations on the frontier of humanitarian crises say it also works for refugees.
20 December 2016
Family reading outdoors, Paraguay
In Paraguay, a partnership between Fundación Capital and the government of Paraguay offers a compelling example of how the Graduation Approach can be integrated into public policy to halt extreme poverty.
19 December 2016
Woman takes cash from an ATM
As Graduation Approaches have spread and scaled, so too have the discussions of the best approaches. Fundación Capital believes that programs should focus on in-cash rather than in-kind asset transfers. Why? Read more about the case for cash.
22 November 2016
SDG 1 over world map of project sites
SDG 1 is as exciting as it is daunting: End extreme poverty. The Graduation Approach has resulted in large and cost-effective impacts on ultra-poor households’ standard of living, ultimately enabling a sustainable transition to more secure livelihoods and an exit from poverty.
26 August 2016
Woman feeding geese, Bangladesh
Over the past year, CGAP and Innovations for Poverty Action have compared the cost-effectiveness of three strands of anti-poverty interventions. Our central question: Which program type generates the greatest and most sustainable impact for the extreme poor, given a limited budget?
22 August 2016
Woman stands next to shelves of bananas, Rwanda
In Rwanda, the government is an active and engaged partner and strong buy-in from political leadership has helped ensure the success of some development interventions. Concern Worldwide’s adaptation of the Graduation Approach targeting vulnerable households is one such example.
01 August 2016
A family participating in "Producing for my future" in Colombia
To further understand the opportunities and challenges faced by governments in the implementation of a Graduation Approach, the Ford Foundation has commissioned three case studies to examine the planning and execution of Graduation programs launched by the governments of Colombia, Peru and Ethiopia.
28 July 2016
Participants in BRAC session on gender and nutrition, Bangladesh
BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) program employs the Graduation Approach, through which participant households receive income-generating assets and training on business development, nutrition and social development. Researchers examined the effects of TUP on nutritional outcomes in Bangladesh, and results have been promising.
05 July 2016
VSLA group meets in Haiti
In Haiti, Fonkoze recognized a need for post-graduation support for participants of its Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) (Pathway to a Better Life) program. One of the most promising solutions to date is the village savings and loan association (VSLA).
27 June 2016
Man works with dough, Egypt
While the Graduation Approach was initially designed for the extreme poor, UNHCR believes that the model holds strong potential for refugees. How are their innovative adaptations and applications of the Graduation Approach working to build refugee self-reliance?


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