Graduation Approach to Poverty Reduction in the Humanitarian Context: Evidence From Bangladesh

Increasing forcibly displaced populations worldwide are adversely affecting the poorest host communities’ livelihoods. Livelihood programmes can reduce this tension by addressing host communities’ skills and capital constraints. In this paper, we examine the effect of a customised version of BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation (UPG) programme on the livelihoods of the host communities of Rohingya refugees. We find that the programme increases labour supply in self-employment of working-age men and women, household income, food expenditure and productive asset. Further, we find some weak evidence that the programme decreases the tension between hosts and Rohingya refugees.

Authors: Rahman, Atiya; Bhattacharjee, Anindita; Nisat, Rafia; Das, Narayan
Type: Journal article
Year: 2023