When a programme rises to the forefront with strong, proven results, it makes sense to ask whether that success can be adapted by others as well. Programmes with the greatest chance of effectiveness and ability to benefit the largest number of people are usually the ones that are widely adapted and replicated.
Nowadays, with many social problems being common across diverse communities, replicating an effective solution to these problems seems easier than to continuously reinvent the wheel. When done well, replication can make a positive difference not just for individual participants, but indeed for entire communities, cities and the nation as a whole.
One such example is the ‘graduation’ approach of the TUP programme which has received significant attention from various stakeholders at home and abroad. It has been adopted internationally in diversified geophysical and socio-economical realities across South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.
The approach has been adopted in three BRAC operated countries, namely South Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan and piloted in eight poverty-driven countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Pakistan, Peru and Yemen) by other organisations with supporting technical assistance from BRAC.
Different international studies have shown that 75-98 per cent of the total participants of these countries met the country-specific graduation criteria, and currently more than 33 countries have adopted and successfully implemented the ultra poor graduation model.
BRAC helps interested government and non government organisations of different countries by providing them with learning which they can implement through the ultra poor programme in their working areas. The programme also offers immersion visits for national and international stakeholders (policy makers, donors, implementers, researchers, scholars, journalists etc) which include practical field visits and meeting with the BRAC leadership and both central and field-level programme officials.