12.9% of the population in Bangladesh lives below the country poverty line of USD 1.90 per day.
People living in ultra-poverty are confronted by a multitude of interconnected and cyclical problems. They have little or no land or productive assets and simultaneously struggle to cope with food shortages, poor health, social stigma, and a lack of basic services like clean water and sanitation. They are mostly excluded from social services and healthcare, generally live in remote areas disconnected from markets, and are often unable to work due to prolonged illnesses or disability in the family. Conventional development programs have not been able to cope with these complex, interrelated needs.
The UPG program are the pioneers of the Graduation Approach, a country recognized model for its innovative and holistic solution to ultra-poverty.
The Graduation Approach is a comprehensive, time-bound, integrated and sequenced set of interventions that aim to enable extreme and ultra-poor households to achieve key milestones towards sustainable livelihoods and socioeconomic resilience, in order to progress along a pathway out of extreme poverty.