Trickle Up’s Approach to Graduation

Trickle Up uses an evidence-based approach, Graduation, to address the unique complexities of extreme poverty.

Trickle Up’s core competencies are rooted in the Graduation Approach – a rigorously tested approach to economic inclusion that helps households sustainably move out of extreme poverty. Program components work together to increase the economic and social empowerment of participants.

The sequenced and time-bound Graduation Approach combines careful participant selection, livelihood planning and market research, training and coaching, and savings to build a ladder of support for participants to move out of poverty.



In May 2023, Trickle Up invited partners from three Graduation projects in East Africa to share the opportunities and challenges they identified in implementing programs in contexts of displacement with refugee and host communities. During the first two days of the...