Financial inclusion

July 1, 2020

An Audacious expansion for BRAC’s global Graduation agenda

With the announcement of BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative being selected as one of this year’s TED-sponsored Audacious Project winners, we look ahead to the future of Graduation programming around the world.
June 19, 2020

Using the Graduation approach to uplift refugees in a changing world: An Interview with UNHCR’s Ziad Ayoubi

Exploring how integrating the Graduation approach into social protection programmes can  improve and empower the lives of refugees and internally displaced people around the globe.
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 11, 2020

Clients narrate a powerful account of the impact of microfinance

Lean DataSM Insights from BRAC International Microfinance clients tell a story of resilience and growth
April 5, 2020

How BRAC Microfinance is responding to the coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh

Client protection is key, both in supporting people through financial shocks and by sharing reliable, life-saving information.
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.
February 10, 2020

Advancing financial inclusion: BRAC Microfinance in 2019

2019 was a significant year for BRAC Microfinance in achieving our mission of advancing financial inclusion. We accomplished new milestones and started new pilots. Let’s look back on one of the busiest years for BRAC Microfinance.
February 5, 2020

Annual General Meetings in the most unexpected places

Village development organisations under the Jibika project are community-led platforms to improve the lives of people living around Chevron-operated gas fields. Read how their annual general meetings are paving the way for their organisational security.
January 23, 2020

Recapping Financial Inclusion Week 2019

On Financial Inclusion Week 2019, we took a step back as a community to revisit the fundamental purpose of why we need financial inclusion.
December 24, 2019

Women’s financial inclusion: The smart thing to do

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November 26, 2019

Digital cash: The future of humanitarian response?

Global humanitarian crises – and the aid systems that respond to them – are undergoing massive change. More people are in crisis than ever before.