My wife and I had decided to give in to the ever mounting pressure from my children and their spouses and finally stay home from 18 March 2020 – incidentally the day the first Covid-19 related death was announced for Bangladesh.
A significant number of talk shows and heated debates preceded the unveiling of Bangladesh’s national budget. However, discussions so far have remained among a particular group of people: business tycoons, intellectuals and the elite.
Intrapreneurship - a concept invented in the 80s by American entrepreneur Gifford Pinchot III, has garnered considerable attention in recent times. The concept emphasises on the notion of empowering employees to proactively identify growth opportunities and proactively seek innovative solutions to problems.
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.
Husnaara ran to her house smiling from ear to ear as if she could not get any happier. At that point nothing seemed impossible; she could become a doctor, an engineer or a lawyer, go to a good university. She could not wait to give her father the news about her Secondary School Certificate results and assure him that his daughter would one day be able to provide for them.
On a quiet Wednesday afternoon in early August, Dhaka’s Tejgaon fire station got a call from Beltola, a crowded part of Korail slum. An electric wire was sparking and nearby houses were starting to catch on fire.
While the situation is the worst it has ever been, we are better equipped than we have ever been. This success can be credited to collaborative efforts by the government and civil society, which ensure shelter homes, pre-disaster preparedness, and early warning systems.
Five of us from the MBA programme of University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, volunteered to join BRAC for an academic consulting project this April. We were fortunate to work on the Integrated Land Services Office (ILSO), an initiative of the organisation’sHuman Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS). The four-week immersive visit allowed us to participate and draw lessons from the amazing work they do and the social impact they create at scale.