Voices from across South Asia: sharing stories on scaling up what works

Voices from across South Asia: sharing stories on scaling up what works

Nothing draws an audience faster than a good story.  The best stories transport the listener to a new perspective, down a journey of twists and turns, moments of despair, and of course, triumph. What better way to start to untangle the complexities of scaling social impact in the context of South Asia than to focus
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Innovative funding mechanism secures lasting change for millions of people in Bangladesh

Innovative funding mechanism secures lasting change for millions of people in Bangladesh

On Friday, 8 November,at a public dialogue event hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE), new evidence was presented that the strategic partnership agreement – an agreement signed in June 2011 between BRAC, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) – has made a significant contribution
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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

Nestled among small straw-roofed houses, a group of villagers gather together in their first attempt to discuss community affairs. These villagers in Naodapara, a typical rural community in Pabna district, are the newest batch of inductees to BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor Programme (TUP). The TUP programme builds the resiliency of its participants, enabling them
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The land and its discontents:  Can social enterprise and empathy help?

The land and its discontents: Can social enterprise and empathy help?

On 24 April crowds gathered along the dusty roads of a small village outside Rangpur as shouting cut through the air. In the centre of the fray a man and a woman stood screaming at each other. Some in the crowd held clear allegiances and joined in the shouting, but most stood silent and watched.
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How BRAC Enterprises became sustainable solutions

How BRAC Enterprises became sustainable solutions

BRAC’s social enterprises have always been based on a drive to find alternate livelihoods for Bangladesh’s rural poor. None were started simply as business endeavours; instead, these unique enterprises have stakeholders. While every business has a purpose of maximising profit, BRAC’s purpose is poverty alleviation. These enterprises provide 72 per cent of the funds for
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Letting girls grow up to be who they want to be

Letting girls grow up to be who they want to be

According to UNICEF, Bangladesh ranks second in terms of under 18 marriages in the world. Child marriage has become a crisis due to its pervasiveness. The problem seems to be more acute in rural areas (71 per cent) compared to urban areas (51 per cent). Illiterate women are more vulnerable than those who completed a
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The game changers the world needs

The game changers the world needs

According to a nationwide study conducted in 2013, about 87 per cent of women in Bangladesh are abused by their husband. A recent report by BRAC’s community empowerment programme (CEP) revealed that eight out of 10 violence perpetrators are men. Thus involving men is crucial if we want to eradicate violence against women. In 2013,
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Spreading globally, thinking locally

Spreading globally, thinking locally

BRAC understands the significance of cultural context as well as the dangers of imposing any foreign solutions disregarding local reality. Community organisation and mobilisation and understanding the local context has been central to BRAC’s development work. This hasn’t been an exception for BRAC’s latest international undertaking in Myanmar. We now have two entities there, namely
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Learning to move forward

Learning to move forward

Kabir Mollah was pulled out from under the remains of Rana Plaza four days after the collapse. Now every time he goes into a high-rise building, he gets anxious. Shiuli Khanom was also rescued after four days. “Even though I survived, I felt hopeless,” she says. “I couldn’t sleep. I had so many thoughts and
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BRAC at the forefront of disaster risk reduction

BRAC at the forefront of disaster risk reduction

Shukla Pal is one of many shasthya kormis (health workers) of BRAC who received organisational training to serve her community against the risks of natural disaster.  A head of the household, a mother and a grandmother, almost 60 years of age, she knows the importance of standard first aid practices required to attend casualties amongst
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