Graduating to Resilience in Uganda


Trickle Up and IMPAQ International are key consortium partners for the AVSI Foundation-led, "Graduating to Resilience" project, in the Kamwenge District in Western Uganda, funded by USAID Office of Food for Peace over a seven-year period from 2017 to 2024. The overarching goal is to graduate extremely poor refugee households from the Democratice Republic of the Congo and Ugandan vulnerable households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. Trickle Up brings to the Consortium expertise and capacity in addressing gender inequality and significant experience as one of the lead actors in the Graduation Approach, particularly with refugee populations.


The project will support 13,200 households that are economically active but chronically unable to meet their basic needs without some form of assistance. Half of the households will be from the host community and half will be refugee households. 75% of direct participants will be women and 75% of direct participants will be youth, mostly women aged 18-34. We estimate 26,400 other individuals directly participating in certain activities (e.g. savings groups and training), as well as an additional 39,600 household members and neighbors receiving indirect benefits.


Households will be divided into two cohorts, allowing for a rigorous external evaluation to be carried out by an external agency who has been contracted separately by USAID. Three treatment variations will be tested in parallel: 1) Standard Adapted Model, 2) Group Coaching Model, and 3) Empowerment Model. Specific details of each variation are being determined. Each cohort will participate in the Graduation Pilot for 30 months. The project will contribute to the global learning agenda on how to apply Graduation in different contexts and with different populations. It will also support Trickle Up and UNHCR's learning about cost-effective ways of adapting and scaling up the Graduation Approach as a solution to extreme poverty for refugee populations.

Project Objectives

  • 13,200 extremely poor refugee and Ugandan households in Kamwenge, Uganda, graduate from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resiliency, as measured by:
    • Improved food security and nutrition status of household members
    • Improved economic status of household members
    • Increased resilience of household members and communities
  • Trickle Up provides excellent support to the consortium on the design and implementation of the Graduation Approach, particularly regarding gender inclusion.

Project Data

Project data will be posted when available.

Kamwenge, Uganda 

Start Date: 10/1/2017
End Date: 9/30/2024


Number of Participants: 13,200


Vulnerable Populations

Women, People with Disabilities, Rural, Youth, Refugees, 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, Access to formal financial services, Healthcare services, Legal services, Access to local government registration for VSLAs and production groups, Links with agricultural extension services and input suppliers

Our Partners

AVSI Foundation, an NGO created in 1972, carries out cooperation projects for development, with particular emphasis on education and the defense and promotion of the dignity of the person. They work all around the world thanks to a network of 35 founding members and more than 700 partners. Trickle Up has been partners with AVSI Foundation since 2017.

IMPAQ International helps governments, businesses, foundations, non-profits, and universities evaluate and enhance their programs and policies.​ IMPAQ’s mission is to create enduring solutions to global problems through rigorous approaches and innovative thinking. Trickle Up has been partners with IMPAQ International since 2017.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. Trickle Up has been working with IPA since 2007.