9:30—11:00 AM
Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW
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Washington, DC 20036

Empowering Ultra-Poor Women: Learning from Graduation Approaches


Eva Noble, Senior Research Officer, Women for Women International


Laurie Adams, CEO, Women for Women International

Nathanael Goldberg, Social Protection Program Director, Innovations for Poverty Action

Katharine McKee, Executive Director, Partnership for Economic Inclusion

Linda Scott, Emeritus DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford and Founder, DoubleXEconomy


Nancy Lee, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development

How can interventions best address the needs of the world’s poorest women? Evidence suggests that bundled services offer a viable pathway out of poverty. The graduation approach combines elements of social protection, livelihood development, and access to finance to move highly vulnerable households into sustainable livelihoods and economic stability. Rigorous evaluations of graduation approaches show positive sustained impacts on economic growth and household welfare. However, many of these studies do not show significant impacts on women’s empowerment even though many graduation programs have majority female participants. 

This event, co-hosted with Women for Women International, will bring together experts to explore graduation approaches and women’s empowerment, identify gaps in the current evidence base, and highlight Women for Women International’s gendered graduation approach and research agenda.

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