Building Resilience among Ultra-poor Households in Bihar

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), South Asia

Researchers assessed the economic shock, health knowledge, and access to social protection schemes among poor women in rural Bihar, a state in central India, in this descriptive study.


Telephonic surveys were conducted with beneficiaries of a livelihoods scheme for ultra-poor women launched by the state government as a scale-up of the Graduation Approach as well as self-help group (SHG) members. Survey findings and subsequent government actions indicate that the Graduation Approach is an important pathway for economic inclusion amid the Covid-19 crisis.
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  • Bihar


  • Research report


  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Social Protection