BRAC UPGI is currently supporting the World Bank and the Government of Zambia to strengthen its impact on women’s empowerment in the Sustainable Women’s Livelihoods (SWL) Initiative. Modeled after the Graduation approach, SWL has provided over 75,000 women from extremely poor households with life and business skills training, a productive grant, follow-up support and mentorship, and savings groups. Implemented by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), SWL is one of the components of the Girls Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods (GEWEL) project funded by the World Bank. 

BRAC UPGI’s technical assistance involves supporting the scale-up of SWL by developing technical adaptations to streamline life skills and business training curriculum, including sexual and reproductive health information, as well as developing nimble and easily implementable measures to engage men as allies to empower 129,400 female participants. BRAC UPGI’s activities include the assessment of existing curriculum, evaluations and studies on impact and delivery to trainers an


  • Funding Partners: World Bank
  • Implementing Organization:Ministry of Community Development and Social Services
  • Participants: 75,000
  • Duration: 2020-2024