BRAC

December 14, 2017

Improving lives: One BRAC at a time

This was originally posted on Bridge International Academies blog. BRAC’s annual event Frugal Innovation Forum in Dhaka, is now in its fifth year. The 2017 event explored education innovations and sought to connect innovators, social entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. Bridge was proud to play a part.
November 12, 2017
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A pioneer in public health policy wins US Medical Award of Excellence

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a global nonprofit that creates, finds and supports programmes that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families around the world, honoured Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury for his leadership in community-based primary healthcare, poverty alleviation programmes, education for children and women’s empowerment.
August 2, 2017

Save the date: BRAC Frugal Innovation Forum 2017

The Frugal Innovation Forum is a platform for leaders from the global south to connect and explore solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. Development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, activists, policy-makers and academics collaborate for three days to work towards impact at scale.
September 22, 2016

BRAC arranges knowledge sharing event with stakeholders

Government representative acknowledges importance of link between research and policymaking - a good day for research uptake!
March 13, 2016

Girls in BRAC Uganda’s girl clubs 72% more likely to be earning

Jazirah Namukose, 18, left school feeling the sting of rejection. Classmates discriminated against her because of her disability- a clubfoot. But her life changed when she started going to the Kikaaya girls’ club in northern Kampala, Uganda. She gained skills and the confidence to start her own business- and found friends who didn’t treat her differently because of her disability.
October 21, 2015

Banking the poor

Stuart Rutherford is an expert in financial services for the poor, and the author of ‘The Poor and Their Money’. He founded SafeSave in 1996, to provide basic banking services in the slums of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Nearly two decades on SafeSave serves 19,000 clients, helping them afford everyday expenses and budget for bigger life events.
May 25, 2014

On location with BRAC in Bangladesh

Amplifier Strategies and BRAC USA traveled to Bangladesh in March to meet with the BRAC International leadership team and discuss our ongoing partnership for Amplifier’s latest Collaborative Initiative. We built the Initiative as a special opportunity to engage family and individual philanthropists in a global partnership to end extreme poverty.
April 27, 2014

Bangladesh’s bKash adoption puzzle

On a recent trip to Bangladesh, one question kept pestering me:  if mobile bank accounts are so good for the poor, why haven’t they adopted them already? After all, financial products and services for the poor have the potential to improve lives, but only if they are actually adopted and used.
November 19, 2013

BRAC celebrates World Toilet Day 2013

Watch this short video and learn how you can help support universal access to better sanitation and improved personal hygiene through the work of the poor themselves!
October 1, 2013

Unveiling the hidden labour costs of global supply chains

BRAC founder and chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed spoke as part of a panel discussion on labor and global supply chains, held at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City last week. Here's the full description from the Initiative website:
June 12, 2013

Comparing branchless banking in Bangladesh and Pakistan

Bangladesh is a recent entrant into branchless banking – deployments only began in earnest in the middle of 2011. CGAP reviewed the first year of branchless banking (referred to as “mobile financial services” in Bangladesh) together with Bangladesh Bank up to March 2012.
May 26, 2013

Bangladesh’s garment workers face exploitation, but is it slavery?

Faustina Pereira, director of BRAC human rights and legal aid services, poignantly puts the focus where it needs to be. She says - "we are dealing with a sector that directly touches the lives and livelihoods of millions of individuals and their families, and directly contributes to lifting them out of abject poverty," and that "We should go beyond nomenclature that alienates the players who should be [held] to account."