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6/23/2020

Four Ways to Strengthen Economic Recovery in Urban Areas

he estimated one billion people living in slums and informal settlements around the world are particularly vulnerable, as they often live in overcrowded areas where physical distancing is impossible…

6/19/2020

Putting Data First: Designing Social Protection Programs that Work

Recent events have dealt a heavy blow to the past few decades of progress against extreme poverty. A recent brief by…

7/28/2020

Lessons Learned: Responding to a Changing, Complex Poverty Context in Lesotho

Lesotho is unique in many ways, which presents its own set of challenges when creating a national program designed…

7/28/2020

Adapting Programs to Meet the Needs of the World’s Poorest People

Without a solution tailored for the world’s poorest people, we will not be able to eradicate poverty. Nearly 700 million people around the world live in a precarious state of extreme poverty…

7/13/2020

Fighting Extreme Poverty During COVID-19: Two Proven Ways to Build Resilience in Times of Catastrophic Disruption

All across the world, COVID-19 has disrupted everyday life. But while…

6/18/2020

Hope, action, change: Notes from Session 5 of TED2020

Daring, bold, systems-disrupting change requires big dreams and an even bigger vision. For Session 5 of TED2020, the Audacious Project, a collaborative funding initiative housed at TED, highlighted bold plans…

6/23/2020

Looking beyond the lowest-common denominator? DFID/FCO merger

The progress on ending extreme poverty, preventable child deaths, gender equality and climate change was too hard won to be side-lined…

6/19/2020

Using the Graduation approach to uplift refugees in a changing world: An Interview with UNHCR’s Ziad Ayoubi

Exploring how integrating the Graduation approach into social protection…

6/18/2020

BRAC UPGI Receives $60 Million as 2020 Audacious Project to Lift 21 Million People from Extreme Poverty by 2026

Over the next six years, BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative will…

5/27/2020

Lessons Learned: Sustainable Livelihoods For The World’s Poorest Youth Population

When one thinks of Uganda, what images generally come to mind? A resilient nation with the second…

5/21/2020

Kicking Open Doors and Discovering New Possibilities Through Graduation

It was October 17th, 2019, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The BRAC head office in Dhaka…

5/15/2020

A Reason to Smile

In a remote town in northern Kenya sits a small shop and hotel where people come to sip tea, buy…

4/27/2020

Bridging the Gap: How BRAC UPGI is Working with Governments

Understanding the challenges the poor face when trying to access basic needs such as health care and…

4/22/2020

Delivering Health Services to the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19

Effective pandemic responses are dependent on strong health systems that rapidly deploy community health teams…

04/22/2020

NYT: This Pandemic Is Bringing Another With It

More suffering is ahead for the developing world…

4/13/2020

Meeting Basic Needs of the World’s Poorest During a Time of Crisis: Part II

Just as our colleagues have done in Bangladesh, most programmes’ activities in other countries have been put on hold…

4/6/2020

Meeting Basic Needs of the World’s Poorest During a Time of Crisis: Part I

Though regular Graduation activities have stopped, UPG staff continue to support participating households by…

03/20/2020

More Measurement, Less Talk

Poverty graduation has been a transformative vehicle in drawing attention to the barriers and opportunities facing extreme…

3/20/2020

Lessons Learned: How to Incorporate a Gender Lens in Graduation Programming/Programs

BRAC ensures a judicious prioritization of women empowerment and incorporates gender…

3/9/2020

Empowering Women to Escape Extreme Poverty

While both women and men are affected by extreme poverty, women have a considerably harder time escaping poverty…

2/25/2020

Lessons Learned: How to Integrate Graduation into Existing Programming

By building on existing cash transfers and public works schemes, Graduation costs can be kept to a minimum while still…

2/25/2020

Understanding the Costs of Graduation, Investing in Long-Term Gains

Graduation is one of the most evidence-based integrated development approaches to date. It’s a proven, comprehensive…

2/21/2020

Designing Graduation for Government Integration and Scale in Egypt

The Bab Amal Program, modeled on the Graduation approach, aims to reduce poverty in rural Upper Egypt by targeting…

1/24/2020

How to Reach Millions Excluded from Expanding Global Marketplace

Over the past few decades, the expansion of the global marketplace has lifted a third of the global population…

11/20/2019

BRAC UPGI recognized at 2019 Paris Peace Forum

The Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative was named a top project, awarded special scale-up support for 2020…

11/07/2019

Changing the culture of economics: The 2019 Nobel laureates

The 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Sciences was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for…

10/22/2019

Standing by those who have the least

My thoughts about poverty had completely changed after meeting Amena. In 2005, while traveling around Bangladesh, I learned…

10/10/2019

What is the ‘graduation approach’?

In years past, traditional poverty alleviation programs have often been unable to target the poorest and sustain long term benefits…

10/14/2019

Celebrating the stories of 2 million women

BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Programme has now reached more than 2 million households in Bangladesh using an approach that…

10/1/2019

New Brookings book featuring Graduation

BRAC’s UPGI Managing Director Lindsay Coates and Senior Research Scott MacMillan are featured in the Brookings Institute’s new…

8/23/2019

Graduation featured on PBS

A scientific approach to evaluating global anti-poverty programs: In Ethiopia, over a quarter of the population survives on less than two dollars a day…

8/21/2019

Graduation kicks off in Liberia

It was mid-morning on Thursday, August 15, 2019 when Esther Quapoule, a widow in her late 50s received a delegation from BRAC Liberia…

7/18/2019

BRAC at side-event on Refugee Economic Inclusion

On 18th June 2019, UPGI Managing Director Lindsay Coates, represented BRAC at the UNHCR’s 75th Standing Committee meeting in Geneva…

7/9/2019

Poverty Alleviation Coalition website launched

The UNHCR and the Partnership for Economic Inclusion (PEI) has launched its official website, connecting interested parties to its mission as well as the

6/25/2019

Breaking the Poverty Cycle: Lessons from Graduation Approaches Alleviation

The Breaking the Poverty Cycle event was hosted in Dhaka on June 24 and jointly organized by BRAC, CARE, Save…

6/17/2019

Graduation pilot in Kenya comes to a successful close

In 2014, BRAC, as a technical advisor, designed a program that adopts the Ultra-Poor Graduation to improve the resilience of 2,600 vulnerable women and youth…

6/17/2019

BRAC presents on linking social protection and economic inclusion

With major knowledge gaps identified by the Indonesian government about whether their employment, enterprise and training programs respond to the needs of the nation’s…

6/15/2019

Ultra-Poor Graduation program launched in the Philippines

We are excited to announce that the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has officially launched BRAC’s Graduation pilot project in Negros Occidental…

6/15/2019

Independent DFID review highlights major successes of BRAC’s Graduation program

By creating inclusive and transparent partnerships with government agencies, BRAC is able to leverage its strengths and fill gaps in knowledge and resource areas. While the…

6/7/2019

Naila Kabeer on Why Randomized Controlled Trials need to include Human Agency

OxFam: There’s a buzz abroad in the development community around a new way to tackle extreme poverty. BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) programme combines asset…

5/29/2019

NYT: Cash, Food and Health Care All Help the Poor, but Something’s Still Missing

Nicholas Kristof: To battle poverty at home or abroad, we provide cash and food, clean water and medical care — and all of this is important. But a growing body of evidence…

6/16/2019

World Bank: No Household Left Behind: Afghanistan Graduation Impact Evaluation

The share of people living in extreme poverty fell from 36 percent in 1990 to 10 percent in 2015 but has continued to increase in many fragile and conflict-affected areas where…