Unitus Labs releases first Ultra Poor pilot case study

August 12, 2011 Posted by Unitus Labs, Update

UPna sapna case study finds new strategies for selecting and enrolling ultra poor households in programs to promote self-reliance

Unitus Labs today released its first Sorenson-Unitus Ultra Poor Initiative case study which explores the Jharkhand, India-based UPna sapna project experience researching more scalable ways to provide opportunities for families to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The case study provides unique insights for practitioners working to create the greatest possible change where it is most needed in working amongst ultra poor populations.

The study reveals several challenges faced by programs looking to enroll ultra poor households.  From identifying and collecting the right data about households to a number of cultural nuances that challenged UPna sapna’s ability to catalog information, the program encountered – and overcame – several issues that can make working with ultra poor populations difficult.   Ultimately, the report presents nine key learnings that highlight how how critical this selection process is to the long term success of any ultra poor program.

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