This page shows the results of research carried out by Concern showing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the poorest people in our programme countries.
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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.
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.
Between 2012 and 2016, Concern implemented Graduation programmes in Burundi and Rwanda which had an operational research component led by the Centre for Social Protection at the UK’s Institute of Development Studies.
Research in Rwanda was designed to assess changes in key indicators over time and the sustainability of these changes, whilst research in Burundi was designed to look at whether certain elements (components) of the Graduation programme are more important than others – in particular to look at the effectiveness of the coaching component; often seen as the ‘x-factor’ that makes the difference between success and failure.
Please see full reports and briefs from both countries.
Following impact evaluations in Rwanda and Burundi (2012-2016), several discrete topics were identified as requiring further investigation. The qualitative research was designed to build on this previous research and explore:
Graduation Trajectories in Rwanda 2018|PDF(417 KB)
In addition to research outputs from Rwanda and Burundi, we also have the following outputs available:
Graduation Model Event 2016 Summary|PDF(1 MB)