A world without extreme poverty is within our reach. Globally, Graduation programmes have successfully achieved measurable and sustainable results in poverty reduction. By leveraging the wealth of its experience pioneering the Targeting the Ultra Poor programme (TUP), BRAC is committed to promoting effective implementation and scaling up Graduation worldwide by a host of diverse implementing organizations, including governments, NGOs, MFIs, and others.
BRAC firmly believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach. Success is predicated on adapting Graduation programmes to the local context—prioritizing, sequencing, and shaping the elements to the needs of the poorest and to the reality of markets and external factors in various programme sites.
With this aim, BRAC has created a suite of technical assistance and advisory services across five main phases of the Graduation Approach—Assessment, Design, Planning, Implementation and Learning. In each phase, we advise, design and execute field support, program activities and discrete deliverables to provide comprehensive support to development actors seeking to implement the Graduation Approach.
The Assessment Phase is one of the most critical in building the foundation for a successful Graduation intervention. This phase includes an in-field needs assessment visit followed by a feasibility assessment that seeks to gauge organizational capacity, funding strategies and potential stakeholder engagement. Deliverables in this phase include an inception report and strategic recommendations on the design of a Graduation program tailored to the unique needs of our clients.
If you need more information on assessment exercises, you can request our support here.
The Design Phase includes an intensive on-the-ground workshop that tailors the Graduation Approach to a client’s context. This includes in-depth market and program capacity assessments, site selection, participant profiling and a triangulated targeting methodology. A design report and detailed recommendations on an implementation strategy are provided at the end of this phase.
If you need more information on design exercises, you can request our support here.
The Planning Phase includes the development of tailored coordination mechanisms, training content and supervision plans for field staff. It also includes an intensive trial test of proposed interventions and the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework and accompanying technology systems and training components. Progress report templates and general oversight activities are provided.
If you need more information on planning exercises, you can request our support here.
The Implementation Phase includes a range of support and oversight activities including delivering training to program management, facilitating community mobilisation, supporting evaluation and monitoring activities, and developing service linkages, among others. Progress reports and recommendations for program scale up are provided at this stage.
If you need more information on implementation exercises, you can request our support here.
The Learning Phase enables you to leverage the impact and findings of the intervention contributing to an agenda for internal advocacy and broad-based support for scaling a Graduation Approach. This phase prioritizes building capacity both at a staff level and at the organizational level ensuring successful adoption and adaptation.
If you need more information on learning exercises, you can request our support here.
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The PROPEL Toolkit is a step-by-step guide on how to effectively plan, design, implement and evaluate a comprehensive Graduation programme that is context-specific and needs dependent. It serves as a vital resource for potential implementers — governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), microfinance institutions (MFIs) — and funders of Graduation programmes on how to harness the power of human enterprise and PROPEL the ultra-poor on an upward trajectory from poverty.