It’s time to listen: Psychosocial counselling in secondary schools

It’s time to listen: Psychosocial counselling in secondary schools

In some Bangladeshi schools, talking about problems is getting easier, and it’s about time. Especially when more than half of the students drop out of school once they complete their primary education. Various social pressures faced by adolescents contribute to the high level of dropouts. But when considering what the education system can provide, psychosocial
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Study clubs: A learning sanctuary for young girls in Tanzania

Study clubs: A learning sanctuary for young girls in Tanzania

Maria Joseph got pregnant when she was in class 7, and had to drop out of school. She stopped stepping out of home and spent her time helping with household chores. Not too long ago, she heard about BRAC’s study clubs from a friend. She soon became a member of a club in Kitunda district.
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What do you do after losing a limb in a factory collapse?

What do you do after losing a limb in a factory collapse?

Right after the Rana Plaza collapse, a special committee from the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office decided that BRAC would assist in the rehabilitation of amputation survivors. Specialising in upper limb prosthetics support, BRAC’s limb and brace centre (BLBC) has been providing these services, frequently working with the government and other NGOs to reach those who
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Measures that count: BRAC continues the fight against Ebola

Measures that count: BRAC continues the fight against Ebola

Having endured a civil war only 13 year ago, Sierra Leone is once again fighting a deadly battle- the Ebola virus. Around 9,162 people have been killed by the virus according to data from WHO. Of these figures, Sierra Leone has recorded about 3,341 deaths and 10,934 cases up till 10 February 2015. While the
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Maya apa: Bringing information to every woman in Bangladesh

Maya apa: Bringing information to every woman in Bangladesh

By 2016, 80 per cent of mobile phones will be internet-enabled. What does this mean for Bangladesh, where mobile phone operators only began providing 3G internet services in 2013? For Ivy Huq Russell, it means one thing: it would be the perfect opportunity to bring a free-flow of information to every woman in the country.
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Can old development models serve the new bottom billion?

Can old development models serve the new bottom billion?

The sprawling and growing skyline of Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest city in Vietnam, is quite breath-taking. But do you notice anything else in the picture? Look across the river to the left and you will see a dark area, which is a slum. Welcome to the reality of middle-income countries- where a small
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Studies on microcredit’s impact remain inconclusive. Where do we go from here?

Studies on microcredit’s impact remain inconclusive. Where do we go from here?

Microcredit alone may not transform many people’s lives. But it can be a part of the equation that does. Poverty is a multi-dimensional issue that requires a multi-dimensional approach. Why then do impact studies on microcredit search for transformative effects of what is essentially a limited intervention? Last week the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
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Children of Pakistan

Children of Pakistan

The Peshawar incident in Pakistan in which 145 people including 132 children were massacred in a school, has shocked the world. It gave rise to various debates such as whether children, especially girls, residing in conflict-prone areas should remain at home to stay safe from the Taliban. Amidst this environment of uncertainty, there are those
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Aarong: More than just a store

Aarong: More than just a store

As customers enter Aarong retail stores, they are met by fine textiles and handicrafts that the brand strives to preserve. But what goes on behind the retail front and how do these iconic products come into being? Aarong ensures the livelihood of over 65,000 artisans (85 per cent women) and their families, directly benefiting approximately
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We’re number … 2

We’re number … 2

It’s time again for the once-every-so-often ranking of NGOs, and we’re proud to announce that BRAC has again placed near the top. “The agile giant of the development world,” in the words of Global Geneva, BRAC has been ranked number two out of 500 NGOs in the world. Now – I know what you’re thinking.
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