Response

June 28, 2020

COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (27 June 2020)

Bangladesh has crossed 100 days of COVID-19. Testing has plateaued. Health facilities outside the capital remain under strain. Read the latest on COVID-19.
June 21, 2020

COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (20 June 2020)

Confusion around zoning abounds as Bangladesh enters into its fourth month of the COVID-19 crisis. Now is the best time to reap the benefits of wearing masks. Read the latest on COVID-19.
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 20, 2020

Celebrating World Refugee Day

This year’s World Refugee Day comes at a time of a global pandemic. While many of us are wondering what our individual futures will look like in the coming months, for people who have been forcibly displaced, uncertainty is an everyday reality.
June 19, 2020

This #WorldRefugeeDay, meet your mask-maker

Masks are not only the most visible change in our lives since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but they are now a visible sign for women's empowerment in the Rohingya community. This #WorldRefugeeDay we take you behind the mask with Sayeka, one of our 127 new mask makers. 
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.
June 12, 2020

COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (12 June 2020)

A steady stream of bad news is outweighing positive efforts in Bangladesh. Read the latest on COVID-19.
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.
May 31, 2020

COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (30 May 2020)

The lockdown is ending in Bangladesh. The next two weeks offer a window of opportunity to manage the outbreak, with the right prioritisation. Read the latest about COVID-19 in Bangladesh.
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 23, 2020

COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (23 May 2020)

It is an Eid like no other. Recovery efforts have begun after Cyclone Amphan’s destruction of several coastal regions. The testing conundrum is worsening in the country, and we may be entering the last week of lockdown. Read the latest about COVID-19 in Bangladesh.
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.