With the launch of World Vision’s new global strategy, Our Promise 2030, which sets out to deliver a tangible contribution to the wellbeing of children and key SDGs, the organization seeks to make significant headway on SDG 1 (eliminating poverty) through the incorporation of the Ultra Poor Graduation model into its Livelihoods Sector and long-term development strategy. As a major thought and innovation leader in the ultra-poor graduation sector, BRAC aims to collaborate with organizations and governments around the world to provide a wide range of research and learning within this area of practice. By partnering with World Vision, BRAC is carrying out its own strategic commitment to work collaboratively with agents of scale, who have common goals to impact extreme poverty and contribute to SDG1, by taking the globally recognized Ultra Poor Graduation approach around the world.
Experience and Scaling Graduation
BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative provides technical support to World Vision International to build out its Graduation programming globally. World Vision identified Graduation as a key approach in improving child well-being among vulnerable households and plans to implement in 40 countries with BRAC’s support. To date, UPGI has reviewed existing World Vision operations in livelihoods and financial inclusion and created “The Ultra-Poor Graduation Handbook” which provides guidance on how to conduct assessments, and effectively design and implement a child-focused Graduation program that is adapted to the local context. UPGI has also delivered a three-day training of trainers (TOT) workshop and accompanying companion guide to World Vision staff. The workshop focused on recruiting frontline staff, supporting and monitoring staff throughout implementation, and coaching at the household level.
Providing Key Insights
The Guide provides key insights on how to position Graduation to positively affect child outcomes among vulnerable populations globally. The purpose of this collaborative product is to be used as a key resource for World Vision program and implementation staff and is intended for both planning and execution purposes from the start to finish of a Graduation program. Chapters include background and fundamentals of the Ultra-poor Graduation approach, Assessment and Design, Program Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation. Importantly, the document focuses on how to adapt Graduation programs to local contexts and covers a variety of sensitive contexts affected by climate change, conflict and displacement.