Women domestic workers in Bangladesh: An ignored community

Women domestic workers in Bangladesh: An ignored community

Every morning I am woken by Hawa. In Bengali, hawa means breeze, but that’s not what I am referring to. I’m talking about my part-time domestic worker called Hawa. Hawa migrated from Mymensingh to Dhaka with her mother and sister in 2009. They came to Dhaka to work as domestic workers to provide for their
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Winning women of change

Winning women of change

“When you lose your face, you lose the whole world,” said Feroza Begum with tears in her eyes. “[People] always turn around to look. Some kids shout, some follow, some hide.” Feroza is a survivor of acid violence. But her courage and strength through her hardship is what has earned her the title of joyeeta,
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“She wields her wrench like a microphone …”

“She wields her wrench like a microphone …”

When people talk about BRAC, often the first person they’ll mention is the founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, who sold his apartment in London in 1972 and used the money for relief in post-war Bangladesh. They’ll talk about how the organization grew and grew, how it now reaches millions. Granted, that’s a good story, but
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ADP cricket girls win in Sylhet and Chittagong

ADP cricket girls win in Sylhet and Chittagong

The Bangladesh Cricket Council arranged cricket tournaments in 20 schools to campaign and promote the ICC Twenty20 (T20) World Cup. The tournaments were held in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. BRAC Adolescent Development Programme’s (ADP) teams were champions in Sylhet and Chittagong, coming in third place in the Dhaka division. A total of 39 members of
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Scaling Digitally: Does scaling technology have to mean losing the human touch?

Scaling Digitally: Does scaling technology have to mean losing the human touch?

BRAC wrapped up the second Frugal Innovation Forum amid much excitement about the possibility for new ideas and partnerships. Over 150 people representing 16 countries spent their weekend at BRAC’s scenic conference centre in Savar, learning from each other, sharing traffic jam-induced epiphanies, and bonding over tea, cricket and karaoke. The Frugal Innovation Forum—which brings
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Fighting a war against tuberculosis

Fighting a war against tuberculosis

This blog was originally published in chwcentral.org/blog on 13 March 2014. BRAC has been recruiting and training shasthya shebikas, frontline community health promoters, in Bangladesh since 1972. Currently 97,000 shasthya shebikas and an additional 10,000 shasthya kormis, frontline community health workers, are providing a multitude of health services to Bangladesh’s communities. For tuberculosis (TB), they provide
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Closing the sanitation gap

Closing the sanitation gap

When I visit communities for the BRAC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, I am met with examples of both good and bad practices. One can draw inspiration from the many success stories while also taking into account the many obstacles that some families have to continually deal with. On a visit to talk to
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Explore scaling digitally with us!

Explore scaling digitally with us!

Join the tweet chat! #scalefrugal     There is a lot of optimism and speculation about how mobile money can improve the lives of the poor. For BRAC, the success of an intervention is judged not only by its impact, but whether it can be scaled nationally. In order to do that, initiatives have to
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M&Ms and slow ideas, or what a simple check can do

M&Ms and slow ideas, or what a simple check can do

I was psyched to read about David Lee Roth and his famous brown M&Ms in Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto over the weekend. It’s a favorite story of mine, as I’ve often considered it a metaphor for Great and Meaningful Things.

Wanted: Mobile money ideas

Wanted: Mobile money ideas

Spend five minutes and potentially impact thousands of people! What’s all the hype about mobile money? Mobile money is creating new ways to work with the poor and help them manage their money. Already in four countries, there are more mobile money accounts than bank accounts.  Innovative development approaches are appearing around the world.  Bangladesh is the
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