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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Meet the millennial who’s changing our farmlands

Meet the millennial who’s changing our farmlands

Peeking from behind the tin door is Ibrahim’s two-year-old daughter, Amena, in a blue polka dot dress, and a kitten in her arms. Another kitten appears and darts across the courtyard. Ducklings scatter about in panic. Between his family, the cats, a parrot and 350 ducks, Ibrahim’s home is always buzzing with a little chaos.
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Is it even possible to eradicate poverty completely?

Is it even possible to eradicate poverty completely?

According to the Pareto principle, 80% of the world’s wealth is in the hands of 20% of the people. Even if more resources are created, the distribution of the new wealth will follow the same rule. This rule does not only work in economics, but it also applies in science and sports for the prediction of results,
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The flock formula

The flock formula

It is difficult to monetise how livestock impacts a household’s income, but it certainly increases resilience in vulnerable households. Growing rice or vegetables, especially in time of unpredictable weather and natural disasters, is often a risky venture. However, livestock is easier to take care of. For example, sheep and goats are adaptable assets that are
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The mother of ducks

The mother of ducks

Every day, right before sunset, something wonderful happens in the village of Dhonokandi. As the western sky grows rosy pink, and the paddy fields on the east turn deep green, hundreds of brown little dots are suddenly seen scrambling in the horizon. Within minutes, a flock of quacking ducks approach the main road, and amongst
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Our cities. Our solutions.

Our cities. Our solutions.

Can you solve a wicked problem affecting thousands of people living in slums while sipping coffee in an air-conditioned room? In our 45 years of experience in Bangladesh and across eleven countries in Asia and Africa, the answer is mostly no. The ideas that work come from a little closer to the problem. Solutions that
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Making microinsurance work in Bangladesh: Three takeaways

Making microinsurance work in Bangladesh: Three takeaways

The market for microinsurance in Bangladesh has been growing rapidly over the last 10 years, with over 25 million subscribers. Yet it is still met with skepticism among many poor microfinance clients. As of this January, BRAC, in partnership with Guardian Life Insurance Company, joined the market making its credit shield insurance product available nationwide
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Kicking it like a girl

Kicking it like a girl

Dear fathers, You may have read the news today. A teenager was harassed on her way back from school. A housewife, raped and murdered. Just the other day, you read about the rape of an eight-month-old baby. Do these stories bother you? Or did you fold up the newspaper and sigh in relief thinking, “At
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The 202 billion dollars we cannot see

The 202 billion dollars we cannot see

  80 per cent of all vision impairment can be cured or prevented. Often it just takes the simplest solution– a single pair of eye glasses. It is estimated that 624 million people around the world could have their vision restored if they could access eye glasses. This lack of access is costing the global
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