Disability-inclusive approach to bring families out of extreme poverty

Disability Inclusive Poverty Graduation
Humanity & Inclusion France
Country of Implementation
Asia & Pacific
South Asia
Kurigram and Chattogram
Start Year
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Since 2018 the project supports households in the cities of Kurigram and Chattogram. Participants receive rehabilitation services, including occupational therapy and counselling, and receive cash transfers to meet their basic needs. As of 2020, 1,447 households are being supported.

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“With HI’s support I am running a shop, my children go to school, and we can eat three times a day.” Koiser, a 55-year-old programme participant

In 2011, Humanity & Inclusion (HI), a leading global development NGO based in France, initiated a project in Bangladesh entitled ‘Taking Successful Innovation to Scale: Pathways for Disability – Inclusive Graduation out of Poverty’. The project supports families of persons with disabilities to transition out of poverty through a comprehensive model, including health care, training, and livelihood support. The project is in its third phase (2018 to 2022) and in 2020 is supporting 1,447 households.

Problems Targeted

In Bangladesh a fifth of all people living in extreme poverty have a disability. Approaches to poverty alleviation exist, but are not disability-inclusive.

Solution, Innovation and Impact

The Disability Inclusive Poverty Graduation project is a series of timed interventions delivered over four years. The first step is to provide rehabilitation services, such as occupational therapy and counselling, as well as financial support to meet basic food needs. Participants then receive vocational skills training and are coached to find work or to start their own business. The project facilitates participants’ access to local markets and financial services. In the final step, participants learn about their rights, personal financial management, and disaster risk reduction strategies so their income becomes resilient. Accessibility measures include making structural adaptations in a person’s home or workplace, providing modified tools, and providing documents in such accessible formats as Braille, pictorial, and easy language. Two pilot phases ran between 2011 and 2018, with over 95 per cent of targeted households having graduated to above the national poverty line.

Funding, Outlook and Transferability

The project budget is US$5.3 million and is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (75 per cent), HI itself, and Bangladesh Steel Re-Rolling Mills, Ltd. In 2020, HI is scaling the model in Bangladesh and has conducted a randomized control trial to evaluate the model. Based on its findings, it will publish a report in 2021. HI’s model was adapted from an existing poverty graduation model developed by BRAC, an international development NGO. HI has replicated the model in Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mali, and is supporting three NGOs and eight DPOs to make their livelihoods disability-inclusive.




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Asia & Pacific

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Kurigram and Chattogram