Voices of success in BRAC WASH communities

Voices of success in BRAC WASH communities

Originally posted on the IRC website. “People are developing a taste for healthy living. They want improvement‑ compared to us and what we are doing, they want better,” says Md Amin Uddin, one of the elders in Arua village in Keshabpur upazila, Jessore, Bangladesh who is optimistic about the future. He is not the only
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Financial inclusion of people with disabilities – Is access the biggest barrier?

Financial inclusion of people with disabilities – Is access the biggest barrier?

Originally posted on the Center for Financial Inclusion Blog. “I am not sure if I can repay more loans, and I don’t want to be overburdened by debt.” That was how Noyon, a small grocery shop owner with a physical disability, replied when BRAC asked whether he would like to take a loan to expand his business.
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Rising from rock bottom: How Ebola survivors are getting back on their feet

Rising from rock bottom: How Ebola survivors are getting back on their feet

“After losing my husband and four children, surviving alone with my youngest child has been so difficult for me that it makes me wish that we had died together. The trauma of EVD (Ebola virus disease) will forever live within me,” says Jeanet Wee, an Ebola survivor. According to WHO the case fatality rate of
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Delaying marriage, educating the next generation

Delaying marriage, educating the next generation

Every year millions of adolescent girls marry young in South Asia. They are burdened with responsibilities as young wives and teenage mothers. In most cases, girls are coerced into marriage in varying circumstances. Research indicates that child brides face greater physical violence and a number of health risks. However, evidence is also building up on
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African schoolgirls: Dropped out, but not left behind

African schoolgirls: Dropped out, but not left behind

We face tremendous problems keeping girls in school as they transition through adolescence. In Sierra Leone, 30 per cent of reported rapes take place in the school environment, and a recent ruling banned ‘visibly pregnant’ girls from school. When the school itself becomes a hostile setting, it should come as no surprise that dropout rates
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Here’s why BRAC’s partners trust them to deliver sustainable results

Here’s why BRAC’s partners trust them to deliver sustainable results

Over the last forty years BRAC have been dramatically changing people’s lives in Bangladesh and more recently across the world. It is through working hand-in-hand with our partners that has made it possible to ‘reach scale’ and create opportunities for more and more people to move out of poverty. Two of our biggest partners have
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Do children living in slums know how their lives will be affected by climate change?

Do children living in slums know how their lives will be affected by climate change?

In the coming years, countries and communities will bear the brunt of climate change. Future projections of the rise in temperature and sea level along with increase in natural disasters are feared. However, we tend to forget that it is the future generation who will have to live through these consequences. It is widely asserted
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From paddy fields to tropical islands – Microfinance moves away from its traditional roots

From paddy fields to tropical islands – Microfinance moves away from its traditional roots

Jannat is not your typical microfinance client. Like an increasing number of BRAC’s microfinance clients, she is not a member of a women-only savings and borrowing group, and did not take a loan to set up a micro-enterprise. Instead, her and her husband are part of new sphere of microfinance clients that is starting to
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Honouring 43 years of fighting poverty in Bangladesh

Honouring 43 years of fighting poverty in Bangladesh

This blog was originally posted on Oxfam America’s First Person Blog One of the high points of my career was the five years I spent in Bangladesh in the early 1990’s as the Ford Foundation’s country representative, watching the emergence of BRAC as one of the world’s largest and most innovative non-profit organisations. Today, however,
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Restoring the dignity of Bangladesh’s children living in poverty

Restoring the dignity of Bangladesh’s children living in poverty

In Bangladesh, there has been significant improvement in primary and secondary education. But the fact remains that as many as four million children remain out of school each year, mainly due to challenges of accessibility and affordability or being compelled to choose between earning and education. This is especially true for children from poor and
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