Evidence on Graduation
in Practice: Concern
Worldwide’s Graduation
Programme in Rwanda
Ricardo Sabates &
Stephen Devereux
...
Overview
 The Concern Worldwide–Rwanda
Graduation Programme
 The Research
 Its Impact
 The Next Phase
Concern Rwanda’s
“Graduation Programme”
 Overall aim: Enable sustained exit from
extreme poverty of poor households
 Lau...
Huye
Nyaruguru
The Research
 Baseline information plus survey at 12 months
(to assess immediate impacts).
 After cash transfer: surveys...
The Impact
1. Significant
reductions in
deprivation
2.55 2.49
2.88
4.35
0.0
0.5
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
Contro...
2. Increased ownership of livestock
 Cows (+)
 Goats (+)
 Pigs (+)
 Chickens (+)
3. Increased ownership of productive ...
4. Increased ownership of consumption assets
10
13
10
24
0
5
10
15
20
25
Control Beneficiary
Baseline
12 Months
Value of a...
5. Increased savings
6. Increased investment in children’s
education at secondary school level
7. Increased consumption of...
“Before joining the programme I was despised
and looked down on. I was not confident
enough to engage with other community...
The Next Phase
 Introduction of other components of the
programme
 Asset transfer for investment in enterprise
developme...
Thank you!
And thanks to the programme participants, Local
Authorities in target areas, implementing/ research
partners, a...
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Evidence on graduation in Rwanda

  1. 1. Evidence on Graduation in Practice: Concern Worldwide’s Graduation Programme in Rwanda Ricardo Sabates & Stephen Devereux Paper presented at the conference “Graduation and Social Protection” Kigali, 6 – 8 May 2014
  2. 2. Overview  The Concern Worldwide–Rwanda Graduation Programme  The Research  Its Impact  The Next Phase
  3. 3. Concern Rwanda’s “Graduation Programme”  Overall aim: Enable sustained exit from extreme poverty of poor households  Launched in May 2011, runs to Dec 2015  Supports extremely poor households with:  Cash transfer & enhanced savings  Skills development  Coaching and mentoring  Seed capital for investment in enterprise development
  4. 4. Huye Nyaruguru
  5. 5. The Research  Baseline information plus survey at 12 months (to assess immediate impacts).  After cash transfer: surveys at 18 & 31 months (to assess if impacts are sustained).  Two cohorts of beneficiaries & control group (to assess if changes are attributable).  Survey contains information on financial, social and human “key impact indicators”.  Quasi-experimental design: Difference in Differences
  6. 6. The Impact 1. Significant reductions in deprivation 2.55 2.49 2.88 4.35 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 Control Beneficiary Baseline 12 Months
  7. 7. 2. Increased ownership of livestock  Cows (+)  Goats (+)  Pigs (+)  Chickens (+) 3. Increased ownership of productive assets  Mobile phone (+)  Radios (+)  Registered land (+)  Hoes (universal)  Bicycle (no change)
  8. 8. 4. Increased ownership of consumption assets 10 13 10 24 0 5 10 15 20 25 Control Beneficiary Baseline 12 Months Value of assets in USD
  9. 9. 5. Increased savings 6. Increased investment in children’s education at secondary school level 7. Increased consumption of meat & vegetables 8. Use of preventative health measures & hygiene practices 9. Improved social cohesion All participants get access to health insurance
  10. 10. “Before joining the programme I was despised and looked down on. I was not confident enough to engage with other community members. I always felt embarrassed because I lacked almost everything. Now there is respect for me and my family because of the change they have seen in our lives.” (Widow, programme beneficiary)
  11. 11. The Next Phase  Introduction of other components of the programme  Asset transfer for investment in enterprise development  Continued training & coaching in selected enterprises  Do we expect the programme to generate self-reliant livelihoods?
  12. 12. Thank you! And thanks to the programme participants, Local Authorities in target areas, implementing/ research partners, and sponsors of this research.

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