Financial inclusion

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.
November 7, 2019

Revitalising livelihoods through self-help groups

The Jibika project’s village development organisations have 58% women representation in leadership positions. Since 2015, these organisations have been unlocking potential in vulnerable communities living near Chevron-operated gas fields in greater Sylhet.
October 24, 2019

Celebrating the stories of 2 million women

BRAC's ultra-poor graduation (UPG) programme has now reached more than 2 million households in Bangladesh using an approach that provides temporary but intensive support, carefully designed to lift the poorest into sustainable livelihoods.
October 23, 2019

Taking on tech: 3 stages that every NGO needs to know

From managing mobile tablets for loan collections to responding to floods through Facebook’s disaster map, BRAC has delved into a technological shift from a long time ago. The question still remains: How can technology be further embedded into the ecosystem?
October 22, 2019

Standing by those who have the least

I always thought that home is the safest place. Until I visited Amena’s home.
August 30, 2019

Going digital: Taking financial inclusion to new horizons

Financial inclusion leads to greater empowerment and participation in the economy. It also plays a role in bridging the digital divide.