How do we empower the next generation of girls? With girls.

How do we empower the next generation of girls? With girls.

When Sa’a jumped from the moving truck, she wasn’t thinking about her education that had just been cut short. She was fleeing for her life. One of the more than 250 girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, two years ago, Sa’a recounted the heartbreaking story to members of Congress last week, renewing calls
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Helping smallholders grow a pharmacy on their farms

Helping smallholders grow a pharmacy on their farms

Originally appeared on NextBillion. Albrecht Dürer’s masterful woodcut, ’Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ is drawn from the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible’s New Testament. In it, the horsemen ride on red, black, white and pale horses, symbolising war, famine, conquest and death. The black horse symbolises famine ­– its darkness depicting the brute force
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Resilience: The secret super power of South Asia

Resilience: The secret super power of South Asia

Many perceive South Asia as home to poverty, population explosion and disasters.However, this is only one side of the coin. The other side shows indomitable spirit of resilience that can be seen in grassroots communities across South Asia. From sunflower cultivation in coastal areas to mobilising volunteers after a building collapse through social media, numerous
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From disaster victims to frugal innovators: Learning from communities how to build resiliency

From disaster victims to frugal innovators: Learning from communities how to build resiliency

What are some of the most effective innovations taking place in South Asia, the region most vulnerable to climate change? What do we know about strengthening livelihoods, financial and social protections to increase resilience for the poorest? This post is the fourth in a series of blogs that will share BRAC’s lessons on building and scaling
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March 1971: “I want to help young Bangladeshis with vision for the future”

March 1971: “I want to help young Bangladeshis with vision for the future”

The month of March remains as a reminder of courage. 1971- Bangladesh embarked on a war that would bring about its liberation. Fast forward to March of the following year, BRAC emerged as a small relief operation faced with huge challenges- a broken economy and abject poverty. As we celebrate 44 years of BRAC and
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Finance for flood-hit families: Reducing risk and raising resilience

Finance for flood-hit families: Reducing risk and raising resilience

What are some of the most effective innovations taking place in South Asia, the region that is bearing the brunt of climate change? How does one go about building resilience and from then to scaling? This post is the third in a series of blogs that will share BRAC’s lessons on building and scaling resilience
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Girls in BRAC Uganda’s girl clubs 72% more likely to be earning

Girls in BRAC Uganda’s girl clubs 72% more likely to be earning

Originally published by the World Bank. Jazirah Namukose, 18, left school feeling the sting of rejection. Classmates discriminated against her because of her disability- a clubfoot. But her life changed when she started going to the Kikaaya girls’ club in northern Kampala, Uganda. She gained skills and the confidence to start her own business- and
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How do we get more women into workplaces?

How do we get more women into workplaces?

Women in the workplace make sense. According to the World Economic Forum, companies with a strong track record of gender diversity are 15 per cent more likely to have higher earnings than their peers. The Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women on their boards significantly outperform the others. In Bangladesh, many workplaces
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The skilled girl effect: Worth more than the US and Chinese economies put together

The skilled girl effect: Worth more than the US and Chinese economies put together

Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation. A computer whirs to life in a small shop in Bangladesh’s chaotic capital Dhaka. Outside rickshaw drivers bargain for fares and street sellers call out the day’s fish prices. The phone rings. Hasna Hena, 15, takes the call in one hand, her other flying over the track pad to
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No lines, no relief camp: 4 lessons on using mobile money for post-flood relief

No lines, no relief camp: 4 lessons on using mobile money for post-flood relief

The increasing effects of climate change should be reshaping the way that we think about poverty alleviation and development. For many households, the shocks from a natural disaster can lead to increased economic and social vulnerabilities.  We will be investigating these topics at our upcoming Frugal Innovation Forum on March 22-24, which brings together leading practitioners from the NGO,
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