December 20, 2020

How to confront COVID-19’s cost to girls

No one comes out of a crisis without being changed in some way, and this pandemic is a crisis on a scale we have rarely seen: It has put years of progress in human development at stake; inequity is at its worst.
December 20, 2020

A shoulder to lean on: How coaching enables success in poverty graduation

Regular coaching and mentorship is one of the cornerstones of BRAC’s Graduation approach. In times of crises, coaching plays an even greater role in ensuring that households living in extreme poverty have the support, guidance, and encouragement they need to succeed.  “Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.” - Atul Gawande
December 20, 2020

An innovation fund for the RMG sector

The ready-made garments (RMG) industry in Bangladesh has rightly been pointed out as a lifeline for Bangladesh’s economy. When COVID-19 disrupted businesses all across the country, one of the first responses in saving the sector in Bangladesh by the government was to launch a USD 588 million stimulus package.
December 11, 2020

A study on accessible healthcare in Bangladesh: Challenges to overcome

An estimated 1.8 million people in Bangladesh have at least one type of disability, and they remain invisible and excluded from mainstream society, with greater unmet healthcare needs.
 
 
EDITOR'S PICKS
March 16, 2020

How can you slow down the spread of COVID-19?

Panic and pandemic are in the air. Cough etiquette and social distancing are the new buzzwords.
March 2, 2020

Understanding the many faces of poverty

For three days, I embarked on this journey with a dearth of knowledge on village etiquette, a language barrier (weak spoken Bengali), tainted with urban hues. Yet I was accepted into their homes with open arms and wide-eyed grins. And as we spoke to the families, our preconceived, textbook definitions of hardcore poverty came into question.
February 19, 2020

Digital wages and what it means for women

280 million adults in the private sector globally receive their wages in cash.This poses a risk of losing out on take-home wages for workers. Is wage digitisation the answer? This year, BRAC’s Frugal Innovation Forum will bring together global practitioners, thinkers, researchers, policymakers and financial ecosystem partners to brainstorm solutions to challenges in financial inclusion, particularly for women, through digital services.
January 23, 2020

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and the Everyone A Changemaker movement

Ahead of this week’s selection panel of ‘Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Ashoka Young Changemakers’ we’d like to take a moment to share about the deep roots of Sir Fazle and BRAC’s long-standing relation with Ashoka.
October 9, 2019
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Jamdani treasure hunt across three continents

Women of all ages wear it with pride, and people from across the world come to Bangladesh to see it being woven and purchase a Dhakai sari of their own.
September 8, 2019

Eyes wide shut: Why inclusive digital spaces matter

At this year’s BRAC Frugal Innovation Forum, I had the opportunity to meet Mr Vashkar Bhattacharjee, National Consultant for Accessibility at a2i. Vashkar da sat right next to me at dinner and what happened right after was something that I will cherish forever.