Blueprints, bureaucrats, and scaling up: Lessons for education from BRAC’s fight against cholera in Bangladesh

Blueprints, bureaucrats, and scaling up: Lessons for education from BRAC’s fight against cholera in Bangladesh

Originally posted on The Brookings Institution blog. This blog post is part of the Millions Learning project, which seeks to understand how large-scale improvements can be made in learning across various sectors and disciplines. In the following, Chabbott compares BRAC’s experience scaling up an innovation in health with its work in primary education. In the transition
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Going beyond fair trade: How Aarong artisans help finance each other’s healthcare

Going beyond fair trade: How Aarong artisans help finance each other’s healthcare

Aarong, one of BRAC’s social enterprises employs 65,000 artisans, 85 per cent of whom are women. These artisans find an extensive support system through the Ayesha Abed Foundation, Aarong’s network of production hubs which are spread all over Bangladesh. Committed to the guiding principles of fair trade, Aarong combines sustainable development with securing the rights
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Empowering the urban poor – The new frontier in poverty reduction

Empowering the urban poor – The new frontier in poverty reduction

Over the past decade Bangladesh has been experiencing urbanisation at an unprecedented speed and scale. For Bangladesh, urbanisation has been identified as a leading engine of growth with the urban sector already contributing to more than 60 per cent of the GDP. On the downside, like in many other developing countries, this rapid urbanisation is
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New video: Scoring goals for equality

New video: Scoring goals for equality

Sports for development is one of the more recent initiatives designed to get adolescents talking about issues that are rarely ever discussed in their communities. Believe it or not, activities such as football, cricket and swimming are leading to discussions amongst young girls – they range from sexual health to menstruation and nutrition. While practicing
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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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