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 people in ultra-poverty and their communities, 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 people.

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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