BRAC ran a small pilot covering 400 households with funding support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock (MAIL) & International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The positive outcomes included an increase in employment rates among male and females, increased consumption of self-produced food items, and greater investments being made by parents in school-going children. During this pilot phase, the programme reached 400 ultra-poor households. Bamyan is one of the poorest provinces in Afghanistan with a poverty rate of 56% compared to the national average of 36% (World Bank, 2010). 


Special Investment Program: a two-year package of inputs for TUP participants which includes transfer of assets, subsistence support, flexible savings and development of social support network.

Enterprise development training: a two-year package of training inputs for TUP participants which includes specialist classroom-based enterprise development training, weekly home visits, involving hands-on training and monthly; quarterly and six monthly refresher training.

Social development and Human Rights: These activities include raising awareness about human rights, gender equity and social issues among the ultra poor and the community, creating a local community volunteer support group, to provide protection and material and moral support to ultra poor households and capacity building and advocacy among officials, elected representative, influential local elites and members of civil society to mobilize support for the poorest.

Essential healthcare: working through its innovative network of community-based health workers focusing on preventing the occurrence of financially-devastating health crises and ensuring basic health care services.

  • Funding Partner: Ministry of Agriculture, IFAD, MISFA
  • Implementing Organizations: BRAC International
  • Participants: 400
  • Duration: 2010-2013

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