Syed M. Hashemi

Syed concentrates on identifying pro-poor innovations and disseminating best practices related to poverty outreach and impact, including the development of social performance indicators for tracking changes in the social and economic levels of MFI clients. Syed directed the Program for Research on Poverty Alleviation at Grameen Trust and taught development studies at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh. Syed has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Riverside. He speaks English, Bangla, and conversational Hindi.

By Syed M. Hashemi


Graduation Pathways

The graduation approach is expected to grow in scale and influence, with strong demand from governments to create nationally scaled programs.

Graduation into Sustainable Livelihoods: What’s in a Name?

When it comes to graduation programming, the term “graduation” is often misunderstood, which can lead to confusion about the approach. What is the meaning of "graduation," and what does it mean for poverty reduction efforts?

Graduation Model: Ready to Scale Up?

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.

Creating Pathways for the Poorest: Graduation Model Shows Early Promise

The CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program is a global effort to create pathways for the poorest out of extreme poverty by carefully sequencing safety nets, livelihoods and access to finance, inspired by BRAC in Bangladesh.

Helping the Ultra-Poor “Graduate”

If we insist that the poorest are a separate segment from the “not so poor,” we also believe it is crucial to identify the many disparities within this group.