Reaching the Poorest

The CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program is a global effort to understand how a series of sequenced interventions -- safety nets, livelihoods and access to finance -- can create sustainable pathways out of poverty for the extreme poor. Blogs in this series coincide with the Reaching the Poorest Global Learning Event 2014 in Paris and cover issues from current thinking on extreme poverty to how the graduation approach can be incorporated into social protection planning.

A Peruvian woman maps out what she wants her life to look like.
06 March 2014
At the global level, the extreme poor are those living with less than $1.25 a day, estimated in 2012 to be nearly 1.2 billion people. The Graduation Approach is not a silver bullet to ending extreme poverty. But it seems to hold real potential.
25 February 2014
The benefits of the Graduation Approach are clear. Optimism around this approach was reinforced in Paris last week when about 100 experts and policymakers discussed how to integrate it into other policies and programs.
20 February 2014
After more than 15 years, conditional cash transfer programs have become the backbone of targeted social policies in Latin America. But we must create programs that maintain progress while continuing to move people out of poverty and into sustainable livelihoods.
Percentage of CFPR households achieving development threshold
19 February 2014
This past decade has seen an exponential growth in social protection programs. When appropriately designed and implemented, these programs tackle poverty and vulnerability and promote positive developmental outcomes.
Graphic showing social assistance support of inclusive growth.
18 February 2014
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The big picture of poverty reduction trends and forecasts are encouraging but imply increasing complexity for poverty reduction strategies. This blog takes a closer look at the role of social assistance in the context of the Graduation Approach.

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