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Ultra-Poor Graduation Pilot in Yemen
Last registered on June 10, 2014

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Ultra-Poor Graduation Pilot in Yemen
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000388
Initial registration date
June 10, 2014
Last updated
June 10, 2014 5:53 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Northwestern University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Innovations for Poverty Action
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2010-05-01
End date
2014-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Yemen is a part of the CGAP/Ford Foundation graduation initiative, implemented in eight countries, that combines safety net programs with livelihood activities as a pathway for the poorest households to move out of extreme poverty. In 2010, we conducted a baseline survey on 1009 ultra-poor households in 50 communities in the Governorates of Taiz, Lahj, and Aden in Yemen. The households were identified by our local partner, the Social Fund for Development (SFD), working with the Social Welfare Fund. After administration of the baseline survey, public lotteries were held to randomly select households to receive the intervention. The treatment households received an intensive support package including: livelihood training, productive asset transfer, consumption support (stipend), training on savings, and visits by field workers. By investing in this multifaceted approach, the program strives to eliminate the need for long-term safety net services. The endline survey for this project is scheduled for summer 2014.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Goldberg, Nathanael and Dean Karlan. 2014. "Ultra-Poor Graduation Pilot in Yemen." AEA RCT Registry. June 10. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.388-1.0.
Former Citation
Goldberg, Nathanael and Dean Karlan. 2014. "Ultra-Poor Graduation Pilot in Yemen." AEA RCT Registry. June 10. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/388/history/1884.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Yemen provides 505 treatment households with a comprehensive support package. This includes a consumption support stipend, business training, and a productive asset transfer. Participants receive a livelihood asset chosen from a preselected list of options including: cattle, sheep and goats, inventory for a business, and other options, to help jump start a new economic activity. Participants are monitored throughout the process – they receive home visits to help boost confidence and build expertise, and are provided with access to social and health services.
Intervention Start Date
2010-08-01
Intervention End Date
2012-08-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Consumption, income, extreme poverty, assets, time use, financial behavior (savings, borrowing), school attendance of children, health, food security, happiness
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The sample for the Ultra Poor Graduation Pilot in Yemen consisted of 1009 households who were selected by a local NGO, Social Fund for Development, as the poorest households. Households were randomly assigned to a treatment or control group through a public lottery process.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Public lottery
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1009 households
Sample size: planned number of observations
1009 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
505 treatment households, 504 control households
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Yale University Human Subjects Committee
IRB Approval Date
2010-07-02
IRB Approval Number
1006006972
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action IRB - USA
IRB Approval Date
2010-06-16
IRB Approval Number
208.10June-01
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers