Graduation Programming

20 April 2021Concern Worldwide

Concern has adopted a Graduation approach in a number of countries since 2008 (Bangladesh, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Zambia), as a means of sustainably addressing extreme poverty at the household level.

Beatrice Mukandagano, a beneficiary of the Graduation model programme in Kirundo province (Burundi) sitting with her 4 children beside the house she built herself in Bugabira commune. She also bought land to cultivate as a result of the programme.
Beatrice Mukandagano, a beneficiary of the Graduation model programme in Kirundo province (Burundi) sitting with her 4 children beside the house she built herself in Bugabira commune. She also bought land to cultivate as a result of the programme.

Graduation programmes provide an integrated and sequencing package of support - combining social protection, livelihood promotion, social empowerment and financial inclusion to create pathways out of extreme and chronic poverty. For more information on Concern’s Graduation programme please see: https://www.concern.net/what-we-do/livelihoods.

 

The following resources have been developed to support the design of programmes:

Guidance materials

Learning documents

We also produced a special issue of the Knowledge Matters publication in 2014 focused on the early successes and challenges of the graduation programmes, which can be accessed here: Knowledge Matters - Graduation.

We are committed to producing high quality learning and has invested in operational research to better understand the effectiveness of programme approaches and the barriers faced by particular groups in escaping extreme and chronic poverty.

For more information on our research in Rwanda and Burundi (in partnership with the UK’s Institute of Development Studies) please see: Research from the Graduation Model

For more information on our research in Malawi (in partnership with TIME (Trinity Impact Evaluation Unit) at Trinity College Dublin please see: The Graduation Model and Gender Empowerment research project in Malawi

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