5 ways young people can help tackle climate change

5 ways young people can help tackle climate change

Flood levels have reached record highs in South Asia this year. Over 20 million people have been affected in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. More than one-third of Bangladesh was underwater. Bangladesh and its people, however, are survivors. Our landscape makes us prone to natural disasters, and over the years people have learned to adapt to
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The doctor without a degree saving hundreds of lives in Bangladesh

The doctor without a degree saving hundreds of lives in Bangladesh

It is 5:30am in Kaliyakoir, Gazipur, and Nilufar Yasmin’s patients are waiting already outside, lined up beside a sign that says ‘BRAC Shasthya Shebika’. They are farmers and shopkeepers, and they have come to ‘Doctor Apa’ to get their daily dose of tuberculosis medicine before heading to work. Nilufar’s parents married her off at 13
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BRAC and University of Cambridge: Collaboration across borders

BRAC and University of Cambridge: Collaboration across borders

Five of us from the MBA programme of University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, volunteered to join BRAC for an academic consulting project this April. We were fortunate to work on the Integrated Land Services Office (ILSO), an initiative of the organisation’s Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS). The four-week immersive visit allowed us
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Floating schools for climate change

Floating schools for climate change

Jhuma studies on the water, with 25 other students. Her school comes to her door, a blue boat that picks her up and drops her home when her classes end. Jhuma’s home, a small mud house, stands alone on a little raised piece of land in the middle of a vast inland sea. She lives
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Why is Bangladesh in space?

Why is Bangladesh in space?

From the congested, waterlogged streets of Dhaka to flooded farmlands across the country, Bangladesh has enough problems right here. What is the point in looking to the sky when all it brings is rain? Why on earth are we trying to get to space? The team of BRAC University students that designed Onnesha, Bangladesh’s first
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Four lessons from a rising star in local governance

Four lessons from a rising star in local governance

Rina Halim is in a rush today. Her husband is outside, waiting to take her to Dhaka. There she will be receiving the Mother Teresa Award for her social service, and for being an outstanding councilor. I watched her with curiosity as she breezed across the room, a vision in pink. She was clearly a
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Save the date: BRAC Frugal Innovation Forum 2017

Save the date: BRAC Frugal Innovation Forum 2017

  Date: 9-11 November 2017 Venue: BRAC CDM, Savar, Dhaka We believe that building a world that works for all of us takes all of us. The Frugal Innovation Forum is a platform for leaders from the global south to connect and explore solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, activists, policy-makers
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The superhero in a sari who’s giving every child a better chance

The superhero in a sari who’s giving every child a better chance

It is a weekday afternoon in Moulvibazar, Rangpur, and the melody of children chanting times tables is wafting through the trees. School is over, but students are gathered under shady trees in the village courtyards for another round of lessons. Not just in this village, but in many others nearby as well. It is not
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Bangladeshi apprentices celebrated in London

Bangladeshi apprentices celebrated in London

Brishty Akhter, 18, is a skilled tailor who owns a business where she trains and employs other girls in southern Bangladesh. She started learning tailoring at 16 and then her parents used the money that they had saved for her marriage to buy her the business. Brishty is a graduate of BRAC’s skills training for
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No tragic hero

No tragic hero

  Alpina Begum lives in the village of Nurpur in Netrokona of northern Bangladesh. By day, she does the usual: tending to the vegetables in her garden and cooking for her three daughters. But as soon as night falls, she replaces her sari with a colourful salwar kameez and swaps the bucket on her arm
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