Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh

September 15, 2020

August Khichuri Index for Bangladesh

Khichuri is a popular all-day meal in most Bangladeshi homes. What does the cost of a plate of khichuri tell us about the changes in the affordability of food? Learn about the Khichuri Index, and how the pandemic is affecting Bangladesh’s economy. 
September 6, 2020

Keeping the price of rice down: A prerequisite for food security

Bangladesh is one of the leading rice producers in South Asia, with its rice-dominant agriculture sector showing encouraging performance for two decades now. This achievement is vitally important for the country, with rice production and supply being a significant determinant of Bangladesh’s food self-sufficiency and security.
June 29, 2020

COVID-19 will change many women’s lives forever in Bangladesh

As countries globally struggle to cope with COVID-19, we are bombarded with news about flailing healthcare, shrinking economies, and diverse measures to contain the virus. What is rarely making it to the news, however, are the various and complex ways that 2020 is changing women’s lives.
June 20, 2020

Beyond survival: How Rohingyas have built their own space for women in Cox’s Bazar

June marks nine months since the creation of a special place in the world’s biggest refugee camp. A place where, amidst the congested shelters, women can access counselling, participate in learning and find peace - in a beautiful, natural, artistic space. The Beyond Survival project in Cox’s Bazar, spearheaded by architect Rizvi Hassan, is a place to thrive.
June 7, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: Opt for safe not sorry, supercharge communication, focus on clients and look for opportunities

This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.
June 5, 2020

World Environment Day 2020: Time to look at how we will recover better

Today is World Environment Day. The day comes at a time of enormous upheaval. As the world faces COVID-19, we are seeing significant reductions in carbon emissions as well as significant rises in plastic disposable products and medical waste. The question we should all be asking is: What do we want the world to look like after the pandemic?
May 27, 2020

Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise: The double challenge of accessing justice during a pandemic

Access to justice has long been a challenge in Bangladesh, particularly for women facing violence. Violence is always heavily under reported, but with lockdown due to COVID-19 women are even more restricted in terms of escaping, reporting and accessing support in cases of violence. Meanwhile, BRAC’s data shows violence against women has increased alarmingly compared to the same period last year. Virtual courts offer new hope in transparency, efficiency and speed.
May 21, 2020

The Khichuri Index: Measuring the economic stress level in Bangladesh

Economic lockdowns and social distancing have turned COVID-19 from a public health crisis to a humanitarian disaster. BRAC has constructed a ‘Khichuri Index’ to understand the net impact of these changes on the food security of people who depend on daily wages.
May 19, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: How to support a country to recover after a pandemic

This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.
May 14, 2020

Distributing relief in a pandemic: Lessons learned about digital cash transfers during COVID-19

Almost 18 million people live in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. The impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods has been catastrophic. Research by BIGD and PPRC shows a 73% drop in income in households living in extreme poverty when measured in the first week of April 2020 compared to two months prior. The biggest challenge during COVID-19 is how to get relief to these people, who often live in hard-to-reach areas.
May 13, 2020

Facing COVID-19 with a disability

One of the most glaring findings from a recent BRAC study shows how completely dependent the respondents are on external support, be it food or cash assistance.
May 11, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: Focus on the community, support government and invest in people

This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.