In October 2015, the Institute for Development Studies hosted a workshop, convening researchers and practitioners from around the world with experience and expertise in the graduation approach to extreme poverty that was initially developed by BRAC. The workshop was made possible through support of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).
Graduation programmes offer ultra poor families an integrated package of tailored interventions. These interventions work together to help the families develop the economic, social and psychological assets they need to remove themselves from the worst of extreme poverty within 18-24 months and to enable themselves to continue to progress even after the intervention is over. The programmes are designed for the poorest of the poor and they focus on helping them build the assets, know-how and self-confidence they need to transform their own lives.
The object of the workshop was to launch an agenda of research into two related areas:
1. The lives of the ultra poor in Haiti.
2. CLM, Fonnkoze’s Haitian adaptation of the BRAC graduation programme for the ultra poor.