Country Briefs

BRAC and the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative are dedicated to knowledge sharing and thought leadership. We believe the lessons learned from our programs and pilots on the ground have important implications and benefits to provide to our partners and those working in the poverty eradication space.


The Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and technical assistance of BRAC launched a Graduation pilot that targets 1,800 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino in 29 barangays across five municipalities in Negros Occidental. The pilot provided participants with a comprehensive and sequenced set of interventions to place them on an upward trajectory into sustainable and resilient livelihoods.


The Ultra-Poor Graduation (UPG) programme in Bangladesh, formerly known as Targeting the Ultra-Poor (TUP) programme, is recognised worldwide as the pioneer of the Graduation approach and acclaimed for its innovative and holistic solution to ultra-poverty. To date it has impacted the lives of over 2 million households in Bangladesh.


In October 2016, the Government of the Republic of Kenya (GoK) with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched two Graduation pilots in rural Kenya to enable ultra-poor women and youth to build resilience and sustainable livelihoods. The pilots were part of the Programme for Rural Outreach of Financial Innovations and Technologies (PROFIT), an initiative that promoted economic development among the poor in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of Kenya.


In July 2018, BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) launched its engagement with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Egyptian Human Development Association (EHDA), and Giving Without Limits Association (GWLA) to achieve their objective of reducing extreme poverty in Upper Egypt. This coalition hopes to demonstrate the impact of Graduation and inform the national poverty reduction strategy

Uganda (Youth)

From 2016-2019, BRAC Uganda partnered with the Cartier and Medicor Foundations to implement a Graduation pilot in the central districts of Luwero and Masindi to improve the livelihoods and welfare of poor and vulnerable households. The pilot targeted 1,650 youth between the ages of 18 – 35 years who were at the margins of poverty.


In November 2018, BRAC International, with funding from the Dutch Postcode, began the targeting process and launched the Liberia Graduation pilot in March 2019 to provide targeted support to 750 ultra-poor households across three Branch Office locations; Kakata and Gbarnga counties and Unification Town (250 households per branch).