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Thursday, September 28 • 12:00pm - 12:20pm
The Ultra-Poor Graduation Model: Leveraging Rigorous Evidence and Ongoing Iteration to Scale One of the Most Effective Poverty Alleviation Innovations in Development

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Can intensive, time-bound support help households work themselves out of extreme poverty? Is it possible to make sustainable improvements in the economic status of the poor with a relatively short-term intervention? Over the past decade, a body of evidence across multiple regions about different approaches to the Ultra-Poor Graduation Model suggests that the answer is resoundingly yes to both of these questions. Graduation programs offer a holistic set of services designed to help ultra-poor households develop new livelihoods: a productive asset transfer (often livestock), along with training and regular coaching visits, consumption support (such as some form of a cash transfer), and savings services. Results published in Science in 2015 show strong gains for program participants in income and consumption, food security, assets, savings, and mental health, across implementation models and contexts. Join renowned development economist and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, Dean Karlan, for this talk on the Graduation Model: what we know, what we are still learning, and what development institutions like USAID are doing and can do to support local governments and partners in scaling-up of one of the most cost-effective poverty alleviation innovations in global development.

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Dean Karlan

President and Founder, Professor of Economics and Finance, Innovations for Poverty Action, Northwestern University
Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University, and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems, and working to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. In 2015, he founded ImpactMatters, a nonprofit dedicated to producing impact audits, which assesses whether an organization uses and produces appropriate evidence of impact. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in sustainable income generation for those in poverty, household and entrepreneurial finance, health behavior, and charitable giving. He works on issues for low-income households in both developing countries and the United States. Karlan is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, he is co-founder of stickK.com, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts on corporate wellness... Read More →



Thursday September 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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