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This brief provides an overview of the current graduation research programme in Burundi and Rwanda. It is a two-year programme of work designed to build on previous operational research.
Between 2012 and 2016, Concern Worldwide 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.
Following this research, several discrete topics were identified as requiring further investigation. The current research programme in Burundi and Rwanda; a two-year programme of work, is designed to build on this previous research.