Ultra-poverty is the most dire form of poverty on the planet. Without meaningful income, sufficient food or shelter millions of households are trapped in a pernicious cycle of intergenerational deprivation. The majority of these families are headed by women who are often too isolated to access most existing forms of social and economic support. Without this support, the ultra-poor (an estimated 80 million families) are being left out of global efforts to eradicate poverty. By prioritizing and reaching these women, we can end ultra-poverty permanently and ensure that every family can not just survive, but thrive.
who we are
Uplift is transforming a system that has historically left the most vulnerable behind. Our systems-level approach deploys investment to equip a diverse set of partners with the resources and innovation needed to scale and adapt evidence-based programs serving the ultra-poor. We leverage the power of data to accelerate best-in-class approaches and to effectively advocate across sectors to ensure the ultra-poor are not left out or behind. Our model works: In our first four years we have unlocked more than $135 million in commitments from partners to pilot, embed, and scale evidence-backed solutions targeting the ultra-poor.
what we believe
All families should have the opportunity to live healthy, happy, and prosperous lives no matter their circumstances. We know what it takes to empower ultra-poor families with the skills and resources needed to transform their lives and escape the worst forms of poverty. Uplift is fueling a global movement to empower women by bringing together the innovation, resources, and partners needed to help these families reach their full potential.
Uplift recognized an extraordinary program inside our organization and helped us make it visible on the global stage. They have encouraged others to adopt it and accelerate opportunity for the poorest.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC