In our 14th Pathways Perspective, Stephen Kidd, Senior Social Policy Advisor, discusses why the term ‘graduation’ should be eliminated from international development discourse.
The term ‘graduation’ conflates the two concepts of a) supporting people to engage more effectively in the labour market and b) exiting from social security schemes. However, these two concepts should remain separate as it encourages a belief that families on poor relief schemes should only receive support for a limited period of time.
Stephen Kidd is a Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways. Having graduated four times from university, he was hoping he’d left graduation behind along with student life. He was, therefore, very disappointed to find that graduation had entered into social policy discourse and is hoping that it never applies to him – really, four times is enough!