Graduating from extreme poverty: Concern’s model in Rwanda

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Graduating from extreme poverty: Concern’s model in Rwanda

15 January 2015

Programmes that support the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries are increasingly focused on ‘graduating’ participants out of extreme poverty. This is achieved by providing an integrated and intensive package of support including cash transfers over a defined time period, usually 2–3 years. 

The ‘graduation model’ was pioneered in Bangladesh and is now being piloted in other countries. Concern is running a version of this model in Rwanda. With poverty reduction being high on the Government of Rwanda’s policy priorities, lessons from the graduation programme are expected to support this effort, and to influence policy debates on graduation, in Rwanda and beyond.

Here is an excerpt from the full report downloadable at the link below:

Initial findings on the impacts of the Rwanda Graduation Programme after 12 months of cash transfers are impressive. On all the main key impact indicators, and on our composite indicators of deprivation and asset ownership, most participating households were demonstrably better off after receiving cash transfers and coaching for 12 months than they were at baseline. These improvements are statistically significant both over time and with respect to control group households, most of whom recorded no significant change in these indicators over this period.

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Graduating from extreme poverty: Concern’s model in Rwanda

Programmes that support the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries are increasingly focused on ‘graduating’ participants out of extreme poverty. Concern is running a version of this model in Rwanda.