Impact Evaluation of BRAC South Sudan’s
Targeting Ultra Poor (TUP)
The TUP program, was adapted for South Sudan, Yei County, in Central Equatoria State and piloted by BRACSS between April 2013 and September 2015. BRAC’s TUP project provided targeted support to 250 ultra-poor women and their households in Yei County. Each woman received regular tailored support including initial food stipends, livelihood assets and skills training, financial training and support with savings. Even though this approach has been widely piloted with great success in other eight countries it is considered to be innovative in Republic of South Sudan. The program aimed to support ultra-poor women in South Sudan to develop sustainable livelihoods and food security so that they and their families move out of extreme poverty and hunger. The intended impact of the program is to reduce poverty and hunger in South Sudan. A randomized evaluation method was followed, in which 250 participants were selected randomly from a group of 700 eligible women in the area. Another 125 were selected to receive cash transfers designed to be equal in cost to enrollment in the TUP program, while the restwere included as comparison households.