Partnership for Economic Inclusion

About us

PEI is a new global partnership hosted at the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice that aims to accelerate innovation and to scale up graduation programs, particularly by public-sector social protection systems.

Our Mission

To accelerate innovation and scaling of the graduation approach and to advance the graduation practice and knowledge by playing a central role in ensuring that governments, international aid agencies, technical assistance providers, funders, NGOs and researchers have access to the latest innovations, evidence, best practices, training, tools and policy advocacy needed to accelerate targeted economic inclusion programming worldwide.

About the Graduation Approach

The graduation approach, provides a timebound package of support to extreme poor and vulnerable people so they can build viable livelihoods and increase their income, assets and resilience. As a multi-sectoral intervention, it comprises social assistance – to ensure basic food consumption- skills training, seed capital or access to employment opportunities, financial education and access to saving options, and mentoring to build confidence and reinforce skills. In addition to testing and scaling up graduation-type programs, governments and others are increasingly adapting it to new populations such as youth, displaced persons, and households in climate change affected areas.

In 2002 the NGO BRAC pioneered the targeting of the ultra-poor program to address the extreme poor lack of access to basic social safety nets. The approach was adapted by numerous organizations and there are nearly 100 graduation programs in 45 countries.

Better linkages to self-employment options and the labor market, as well as effective access to social protection systems can enable even very vulnerable families and individuals to sustain an upward trajectory after program completion.

How we do this

PEI will accelerate the adaptation, innovation and scaling of graduation programming through:

Policy evidence and engagement

To provide strategic advice and assistance to selected governments and international aid agencies. We will do this by facilitating high-level exchange of experiences with policy reform and investment in targeted economic inclusion programs; generate and share policy-relevant impact evidence, and strategic, operational and systems lessons.

Knowledge Generation and Innovation

To develop and implement a strategic learning agenda including an Innovation Facility to accelerate research and development. This includes innovations to support increased scale and cost-effectiveness and to adapt our efforts to urban youth, refugees and displaced persons and to fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

Knowledge Management and Quality Standards

To capture and share lessons from government scale-up; expand the pool of technical experts to provide technical assistance for program design and implementation and match up needed expertise from governments and development partners. Develop and disseminate tools, quality standards and metrics to assess operations and impacts; and disseminate emerging best practices.

Sustainable Resourcing for Graduation Scale-up, Innovation and Systems Change

To mobilize additional financial support for country-level implementation and the global learning agenda. This includes IDA 18 as well as innovative financing arrangements such as “pay-for-performance” models (e.g., Social/Development Impact Bonds, of which several are already underway in the graduation field).