A proven approach to helping the ultra-poor

Peruvian woman

Anti-poverty research led by a Yale University economist may have cracked the data code for helping the world’s poorest citizens.

Gathering data from six countries, the researchers tested a comprehensive approach for helping ultra-poor citizens — those 1 billion people around the world living on less than $1.25 a day — increase their income and improve their health. The approach is known as the “Graduation model.” The study followed 21,000 of the world’s poorest people for three years.

The study appears May 14 in the journal Science.