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 ultra -poor 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.


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

Cross-cutting issues

Indigenous communities


  • Bangladesh>Barisal


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Social Services
  • Gender

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