Future of Development Panel Discussion: 'The path forward for ultra poor graduation: adoption and scale'

18 April 2024

Portrait of Dr Mahreen Khan

with Dr Mahreen Khan
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Mahreen is the Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development at the University of Oxford. She is a labour economist focusing on issues of labour mobility and migration, human capital and skills acquisition...

Ultra poor graduation's (UPG) multifaceted interventions have demonstrably empowered individuals and families to escape extreme poverty. The approach's effectiveness has been rigorously evaluated across diverse contexts, yielding significant improvements in economic and social well-being. However, widespread adoption and scaling of these programs continue to face challenges. Join us as a distinguished panel of experts delves into the critical factors hindering UPG's expansion, to identify and dissect the bottlenecks to scaling, discuss how evidence can facilitate progress, and delineate what steps are necessary to accelerate adoption.


  • Atul Satija, The/Nudge Institute
  • Diva Dhar, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Claire Hutchings, BRAC International
  • Dianne Calvi, Village Enterprise
  • Mahreen Khan (Moderator), Oxford Martin School Programme on the Future of Development

This was a Skoll Forum side event organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development.