Can extreme poverty be subdued before 2030?

Can extreme poverty be subdued before 2030?

  Poverty is opportunity. Sure, one can take a kaleidoscopic peek into the word’s denotation, but poverty instigates and propels action intended for positive change. Today, around 700 million people are thought to live in extreme poverty, defined as surviving on less than USD 1.90 a day. In 1990, that statistic was more than 1.9
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Can students themselves fight the water crisis in rural schools?

Can students themselves fight the water crisis in rural schools?

  A few months ago, Thaingkhali High School in south-eastern Bangladesh had neither safe water supply nor adequate facilities for handwashing. Without safe water in the school premises during the dry season, students felt dehydrated, becoming sleepy and unable to concentrate during lessons. The school (located at 21.170833333330N 92.157638888880E) is a small, bamboo-fenced compound in
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Remembering Dr Mahabub Hossain

Remembering Dr Mahabub Hossain

It has been a few days since Dr Mahabub Hossain has left us. As more and more people are remembering him, it is clear what a profound impact he had on those he crossed paths with. As a leader, Dr Mahabub’s contribution was immense in BRAC as well. Perhaps one of the most celebrated names
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Seven wishes from seven thought leaders for financial inclusion in 2016

Seven wishes from seven thought leaders for financial inclusion in 2016

Originally appeared on NextBillion. 2015 was an important year for the world of financial inclusion. Starting with the publication of the six randomised controlled trials results in January that sparked debate on the impacts of microcredit, the sector went on to celebrate (and question) an increase of 700 million people with access to financial services
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Forty years on: From famine to beating ultra poverty

Forty years on: From famine to beating ultra poverty

BRAC’s work in fighting poverty goes right back to the birth of Bangladesh, a time filled with possibilities but also one that posed some of the most daunting challenges. This post is the first in a series of blogs taking the reader back to the roots of a devastated nation and the people who stood
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Credit shield insurance – Piloting microinsurance products in Bangladesh

Credit shield insurance – Piloting microinsurance products in Bangladesh

Originally appeared in Center for Financial Inclusion Blog. “I can’t thank BRAC enough for standing beside me when I needed help the most,” Rahela, 24, a microfinance borrower and recipient of BRAC’s credit shield insurance, tells us. She borrowed USD 385 in January 2015 to invest in a small clothing business. Recalling her experience, she
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Does your organisation actually empower women?

Does your organisation actually empower women?

  Originally appeared on NextBillion. “Data not only measures progress, it inspires it. What gets measured gets done. Once you start measuring problems, people are more inclined to take action to fix them because nobody wants to end up at the bottom of a list of rankings.”  – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 2012
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Lighting the way for migrant workers

Lighting the way for migrant workers

Waiting at an airport on my way home from a trip to Malaysia, a man walked up to me hesitantly and asked if I could help him fill out his immigration card. He was a Bangladeshi man in his mid-40s. While filling out his documents, we started talking and I learned that he was on
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How assets + training can transform the lives of ultra poor women: New evidence from Bangladesh

How assets + training can transform the lives of ultra poor women: New evidence from Bangladesh

Originally appeared on the Oxfam blog. People are often very rude about ‘big push’ approaches to development – the idea that you can kickstart a country (or a millennium village) by simultaneously shoving in piles of different projects, technical assistance and cash. The approach hasn’t got a great track record, but now a kind of
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With Ebola gone, Sierra Leone must now rebuild rural livelihoods

With Ebola gone, Sierra Leone must now rebuild rural livelihoods

  Originally appeared on NextBillion. Sierra Leoneans celebrated in the streets last month when 42 days passed without a single new case of Ebola. The mix of mourning and jubilation called to mind the signing of a peace treaty after a war, and the end of Ebola should indeed be greeted as a victory. Though the disease
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