The faces of migration in Bangladesh

The faces of migration in Bangladesh

As of 2014 there are more than nine million Bangladeshi migrant workers abroad. These migrants are not only supporting their family at home but they are significantly boosting Bangladesh’s national GDP. Eight percent of the total GDP of 2014 was a direct contribution of migrant remittances. In spite of the important role migrant workers play
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Walking the extra mile: How microfinance is reaching one of the remotest regions of Bangladesh

Walking the extra mile: How microfinance is reaching one of the remotest regions of Bangladesh

BRAC Microfinance has grown to become one of the largest providers of financial services for the poor. It currently serves 4.4 million clients spread across the country. And this includes one of the most hard-to-reach areas – the chars. Chars, or riverine islands, are low-lying regions formedfrom the deposits of silt. The inhabitants encounter drastic
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Give some warmth this winter!

Give some warmth this winter!

Did you know that last year 80 people died in northern Bangladesh from the cold? It is unacceptable that people are dying from the cold when in some cases warmer clothes and blankets could make the difference between life and death. Each year, the winter weather affects thousands of households across Bangladesh. The most vulnerable
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Finding lost children: Improving the juvenile justice system

Finding lost children: Improving the juvenile justice system

Although the amended Children Act 2013 has been in effect in Bangladesh for almost a year now, key actors in charge of juvenile justice (ie, police officers, sub-inspectors, lawyers and judges) still lack clear understanding of child rights laws. Moreover, juvenile development centres continue to operate at less than full capacity due to a lack
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The Mantra of Delivery

The Mantra of Delivery

This article was originally posted on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog on 26 November 2014. Four lessons for scaling social impact that arose from curing children’s diarrhea in Bangladesh in the 1980s. Diarrhea caused by contaminated water is the single greatest killer of children in much of the world. In the 1980s, the Bangladesh-based organization
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Voices from across South Asia: sharing stories on scaling up what works

Voices from across South Asia: sharing stories on scaling up what works

Nothing draws an audience faster than a good story.  The best stories transport the listener to a new perspective, down a journey of twists and turns, moments of despair, and of course, triumph. What better way to start to untangle the complexities of scaling social impact in the context of South Asia than to focus
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Innovative funding mechanism secures lasting change for millions of people in Bangladesh

Innovative funding mechanism secures lasting change for millions of people in Bangladesh

On Friday, 8 November,at a public dialogue event hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE), new evidence was presented that the strategic partnership agreement – an agreement signed in June 2011 between BRAC, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) – has made a significant contribution
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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

Nestled among small straw-roofed houses, a group of villagers gather together in their first attempt to discuss community affairs. These villagers in Naodapara, a typical rural community in Pabna district, are the newest batch of inductees to BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor Programme (TUP). The TUP programme builds the resiliency of its participants, enabling them
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The land and its discontents:  Can social enterprise and empathy help?

The land and its discontents: Can social enterprise and empathy help?

On 24 April crowds gathered along the dusty roads of a small village outside Rangpur as shouting cut through the air. In the centre of the fray a man and a woman stood screaming at each other. Some in the crowd held clear allegiances and joined in the shouting, but most stood silent and watched.
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How BRAC Enterprises became sustainable solutions

How BRAC Enterprises became sustainable solutions

BRAC’s social enterprises have always been based on a drive to find alternate livelihoods for Bangladesh’s rural poor. None were started simply as business endeavours; instead, these unique enterprises have stakeholders. While every business has a purpose of maximising profit, BRAC’s purpose is poverty alleviation. These enterprises provide 72 per cent of the funds for
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