Empowering Women and Youth through Graduation and Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh


This project will empower 600 ultrapoor and 12,400 very poor women between the ages of 18-34 in the most marginalized communities in Bangladesh to reach economic self-sufficiency through access to financial inclusion and social protection mechanisms. In conjunction with projects in Mexico and Vietnam, these three concurrent pilots will serve to drive a cross-country learning platform consisting of high-level working groups to share learning with government stakeholders and large scale NGOs in order to make the case for integration into social-protection systems and broad replication within large NGOs.


By targeting households at two levels of the socio-economic ladder – the ultrapoor and the very poor – the project will test two variations of the Graduation Approach adapted to the social, economic, and cultural specificities of the target populations of each region. The ultra-poor are characterized as highly vulnerable and marginalized populations who face extreme barriers to financial inclusion and economic self-sufficiency. These populations tend to be from indigenous communities, ethnic minorities, and/or people with disabilities.

Project Objectives

  • Increase government responsiveness to the needs of the ultrapoor
  • Facilitate sustainable livelihood development among communities living in conditions of ultrapoverty and vulnerability by ensuring social and financial inclusion.

Project Data

Project data will be posted when available.

Kurigram District, Bangladesh

Start Date: 9/1/2017
End Date: 8/31/2020


Number of Participants: 13,000


Vulnerable Populations

Women, Indigenous Groups, Youth, Rural, Extreme Poor


Project Components

Stipend for Consumption Support, Asset Transfer, Coaching, Savings/Self-Help Groups (savings and credit services, Technical Livelihood Skills Training, Financial Literacy and Capability Training, Links to government services

Our Partners

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. They work in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using their knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty. Trickle Up and Concern Worldwide have been partners since 2017.