Source: Innovations for Poverty Action
The Ultra Poor Graduation program is designed to graduate ultra poor households out of extreme poverty to a more stable state. This 24-month program provides beneficiaries with a holistic set of services including: livelihood trainings, productive asset transfers, consumption support, savings plans, and healthcare. By investing in this multifaceted approach, the program strives to eliminate the need for long-term safety net services.
Spanning seven countries on three continents, the Ultra Poor Graduation program is being piloted around the globe. IPA is conducting randomized evaluations in India, Pakistan, Honduras, Peru, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Ghana to understand the impact of this innovative model.
CGAP and the Ford Foundation have partnered with local organizations to apply this graduation model based off of BRAC’s Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction/Targeting the Ultra Poor (CFPR/TUP) program. IPA is implementing the latest replication of the Ultra Poor Graduation program in Ghana. This expansive set of impact evaluations is key to learning about the effects of implementation and will help us to determine whether the Ultra Poor Graduation program can create a pathway out of extreme poverty.