Sameeha Suraiya

September 1, 2019

Four ways BRAC is prioritising disability inclusion in the workplace

Inclusion is not intuitive. Often organisations and people with the best intentions are limited in the know-how on being inclusive.
July 30, 2019

Combatting the world’s fastest growing crime

Bangladesh is the fifth highest labour sending country in the world, but it is also among the top 10 countries from where people migrate across the Mediterranean Sea on boats. The country earns USD 15 billion a year in remittance, but that is a success story that comes at a high price. 
March 5, 2019
BLOG Youth

Highlights from Day 2 of Frugal Innovation Forum

BRAC’s 6th Frugal Innovation Forum came to a close yesterday in Savar, Dhaka. With the theme of “Scaling opportunities for youth”, over 200 practitioners, entrepreneurs, activists and policy makers came together to explore the futures of young people in the Global South.
November 5, 2018
BLOG Health

The quiet power of listening

We live in a world where mental health conditions are severely misunderstood. 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem every year, yet a culture of silence and stigma run deep, making it difficult for people to seek support.
March 11, 2018

77% of violence against women is perpetrated by family members

Violent acts against women and children are not always being committed by strangers, or happening in strange places. They are being carried out by the people we know and trust, often in our own homes.
February 6, 2018

Switch off the TV, read a book – our future depends on it

What is one of the surest ways to damage our futures? Create a world without books. Stub out curiosity, imagination and dreaming, and block the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
October 23, 2017

Women humanitarian aid workers saving lives in the frontline

From a bird’s-eye-view, if one were to look at the vast settlements where people from Rakhine state of Myanmar are currently residing, they would see many pink dots purposefully moving about. This rush of pink are BRAC’s women humanitarian workers delivering life-saving services, specifically to women and girls who make up more than half of the 589,000 people who have come to Bangladesh since 25 August.
October 17, 2017

Bangladesh completes world’s second largest cholera vaccination campaign

Over 582,000 people from the Rakhine State of Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25th. They are living in extremely cramped, extremely unhygienic conditions, and more people are arriving every day.
October 11, 2017

Averting a mass health crisis at Bangladesh’s most popular holiday destination

Cox’s Bazar is the world’s longest sea beach, and littered with holidaymakers and colourful beach umbrellas throughout the year. Less than an hour’s drive from the string of shiny hotels, however now lies a mega city of black tarp tents.
October 5, 2017

With love, from Bangladesh- Sending children’s clothes to Cox’s Bazar

An estimated 507,000 people are now living on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, and more than half of them are children. Most of them have arrived with zero possessions, apart from the clothes they wore while making the long and dangerous journey.
October 5, 2017

Holding on to childhood through child friendly spaces

Nine-year-old Amin plays with a rhino and a horse in a land of make believe. It has been a week since he arrived in Bangladesh with his family. Their route took them through the sea for two days and across deep valleys and thick jungle for another three days.
November 12, 2015

FI2020 week in retrospect: Do we need microfinance and why?

Imagine a world where there is no access to financial services. You cannot save, which means you cannot set aside money for the future. You cannot access a loan, which means you are shut off from a limitless number of opportunities, including investing in an enterprise, purchasing a home or land, or maintaining household expenses when cash is tight. You don’t have insurance or any kind of buffer against shocks, such as medical emergencies in the family, a sudden loss of a job, or natural disasters. Would you be able to manage?