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Trickle Up Launches Online Hub for the Graduation & Refugees Initiative

By: Helen Greene


Trickle Up

Trickle Up is proud to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to our Graduation and Refugees Initiative:
Trickle Up specializes in the adaptation and implementation of the Graduation Approach, a time-bound, sequenced livelihood intervention, to meet the unique needs of displaced populations. With Graduation programs underway in Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Egypt, and design in Mozambique, Sudan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, UNHCR and Trickle Up, with support from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM), seek to scale Graduation to more countries, and engage other international nonprofits in the initiative in the next two years.

We are working in partnership with a number of different institutions all committed to testing and learning from Graduation and Refugees initiatives. Partners include funders, implementers, and institutions offering services that facilitate Graduation projects.

The website will serve as a resource for the latest innovations and materials for Graduation with displaced populations.
In addition, it will showcase how organizations are using the approach to help people living in extreme poverty and vulnerability achieve sustained income, social engagement, and resiliency by engaging in sustainable livelihoods. The site features a curated collection of resources from leaders in Graduation and refugee assistance, and content that links humanitarian and development activities.

Resources on offer include articles, manuals, policy briefs, field reports and evaluations, videos, and webinar recordings.
Featured content includes the policy brief “Economic Inclusion of the Poorest Refugees,” which explores how adapting Graduation can lead to the comprehensive economic inclusion of refugees living in extreme poverty. The site also includes the manual “Graduation in an Urban Refugee Context: A Technical Guide,” which outlines how to design and implement Graduation for refugees and their host communities in urban and peri-urban areas.

The new website also offers the opportunity to hear stories from program participants themselves, like Yenny, who after fleeing conflict in her native Colombia was able to start a small family food business in her new home in Ecuador. “We are currently part of the Graduation Model, which is the starting point of our entrepreneurial venture: Baking jellies, flans, stuffed potatoes and patties; and so far, it’s going great,” Yenny says.

Read Yenny’s story and more at Yenny