Supporting graduation programs through empirical evidence and leadership promotion

This project will support the scaling up of locally-tested interventions aimed at improving the livelihoods of women and youth in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It targets special interventions for people who have fallen through the cracks of traditional assistance — interventions that help them to “graduate” to mainstream development programs. The project will generate new evidence and build local capacity to use cutting-edge techniques to assess programs targeting the most vulnerable groups, including women and adolescent girls, migrant workers, and the ultra-poor (people who live on less than 60 cents a day). It will acquaint program managers with impact evaluation and foster a culture of evidence-based programming within BRAC International, the largest non-governmental organization in the world, which serves almost 140 million people in 12 countries.

In addition to building the capacity of BRAC’s program managers to carry out rigorous impact evaluation of their key initiatives, this project will also promote the sharing of BRAC’s lessons more broadly within the development research community to inform up-scaling and graduation programs in the region.

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36 months

IDRC Officer

Flaubert Mbiekop

Total funding

CA$ 1,237,100


Far East Asia, South of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Munshi Sulaiman


Stichting BRAC International

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