The PROPEL Toolkit: An Implementation Guide to the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach is a product of the depth of knowledge and experiences gleaned from countless BRAC programme staff, partner organisations and peer institutions from around the world. This Toolkit would not have been possible without their unflagging commitment to serving the ultra poor and other vulnerable populations globally.
BRAC and BRAC USA share a mission to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programmes that support our vision of a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination, where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential.
The PROPEL Toolkit addresses programme components in depth and offers tools, forms and formats from BRAC’s fourteen plus years of implementing Graduation programmes and technical advisory services to other implementing partners in several countries in Asia and Africa. The Toolkit also contains valuable insights and learning from peer organisations advising on and implementing the Graduation approach around the world.
The PROPEL Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to help your organisation implement a Graduation programme. This Toolkit covers the basics of the BRAC model and its evolution, the steps involved in planning and staffing up, on-the-ground implementation and strategies for monitoring, evaluation and learning.
Who is this toolkit for?
This guide is a resource for potential implementers—governments, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and microfinance institutions (MFI)—and funders of Graduation programmes. If you are an NGO or MFI leader or represent another implementing organisation considering the approach, this guide is intended to help you plan and successfully execute your Graduation programme from start to finish. If you are a government official, policymaker or multilateral funder, this guide will help you think through how this approach could best be integrated with or complementary to existing social protection and livelihoods programmes in your country.
How should this toolkit be used?
The PROPEL Toolkit is meant to be both a preparatory document in a desk review and an equally valuable companion in the field. In particular, the forms that appear in the Annexes, as well as key considerations, tips and local adaptation examples will help guide you in the various steps of implementing a Graduation programme and tailoring it to meet the unique needs of your ultra-poor target population.
The toolkit includes the following chapters:
- Executive Summary
- Programme Planning
- Ramping up Programme Design
- On the Ground Implementation
- Planning for Graduation
- Evaluation of Outcomes
- Learning and Innovating for Scale