Graduation from Poverty and Deprivation: Reflections from an Intervention in the Graduation Model

  • E. P. Abdul AzeezEmail author
  • P. Subramania Siva
Original Research


Graduation model is an approach to social development that focuses on asset creation and sustained development. This model has widely accepted as an innovative strategy to address the issues of extreme poverty and deprivation. The present paper is the manifestation of a major intervention program implemented in the three States of India namely Assam, Bihar and West Bengal. The intervention package aimed to alleviate the extreme poverty, creation of assets and enhancement of other social development indicators. The participating households were chosen from the identified backward localities of the above mentioned States. The total number of households participated in the study were 750. The structured intervention program was delivered for 2 years. The various dimensions of poverty alleviation, self-sufficiency, asset creation and social development were addressed in the intervention program. Both quantitative and qualitative techniques were adopted for analyzing the pre and post-intervention phases. The result of the study indicates positive signs of graduation from poverty and deprivation. Significant improvements were evident in the household and income generating assets. The intervention yielded positive results in bringing changes in the habits of saving and attitudes towards the access to public facilities.


Graduation model Poverty Deprivation Social development Intervention 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Amity Institute of Behavioral and Allied SciencesAmity University HaryanaGurugramIndia
  2. 2.World Vision IndiaKodambakkam, ChennaiIndia

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