CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program
This blog series shares insights and reflections from individuals working to find pathways out of extreme poverty for the poorest as part of the CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program.
The benefits we’re seeing in the lives of the poorest are big and important. The results are strong evidence that the Graduation Model can work.
One of the biggest challenges of social public policy is how to design effective programs for the large number of poor and extreme poor households who cannot access the contributive social security system.
Why invest in qualitative research, given the rigorous impact results from the RCTs? Taking a long, deep look into the lives of program participants is essential for understanding the nuances behind the RCT results.
Today, the Graduation model, inspired by BRAC’s program in Bangladesh, has achieved success by showing how to move ultra poor households in Haiti, India, Pakistan, and Honduras out of extreme poverty and by giving them hope that they can improve their current standard of living.
With half of the 10 CGAP-Ford Graduation Program pilots now completed and a significant collection of evidence showing the effectiveness of this approach, how do we begin to scale up?