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BRAC and American Pakistan Foundation (APF) Join Hands in Post-Flood Rehabilitation Efforts in Pakistan

Almost 21 million people are now reported as having been directly affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan. With 23 out of 94 BRAC Pakistan’s microfinance branches affected by the flooding, BRAC is close to the people and communities that have been suffering as the disaster began to unfold in July.

Jasmine Lamb, Girl Effect Enthusiast, Raises Money for BRAC on Blog

Today, Jasmine Lamb launched a campaign on her blog, allislistening.com, to raise over $5,000 for BRAC’s adolescent girls program in Bangladesh by Thanksgiving. Jasmine heard about The Girl Effect and BRAC’s programs from a friend and connected with the powerful message of investing in young girls. BRAC’s Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescents project (SOFEA) is an initiative aimed at providing girls with financial and social support to enable them to empower themselves. The program gives girls a safe space to socialize while providing them with life skills training, livelihood training, financial literacy training, and small loans to start income-generating activities.

Uganda’s Finance Minister Commends BRAC’s Work

“BRAC has set up a global record for establishing world class development programs. They are very successful in microfinance and they are considered to be one of the most successful organisations globally,” Minister Bhumba said during her visit.

Microfinance Impact and Innovation Conference: Targeting the Ultra Poor

A couple of weeks ago, BRAC USA President & CEO Susan Davis moderated a panel of researchers and practitioners providing resources to the “ultra poor” – women who are too poor to be able to take advantage of microfinance loans – at the Microfinance Impact and Innovation Conference.

Pick up a Whole Foods Market 2011 Calendar and Support Our Work!

Earlier this year, BRAC Uganda entered into an exciting new partnership with Whole Planet Foundation to provide microloans to adolescent girls between the ages of 16 and 21. The youth microfinance component is part of a targeted solution developed by BRAC to empower adolescents living in poverty. With the support from Whole Planet Foundation, BRAC Uganda is projecting to reach more than 8,000 adolescent girl borrowers in 2010 and 16,000 borrowers by 2012.

Asia Society: Can the profit motive improve microlending?

On Monday night, The Asia Society in partnership with The Schwab Foundation and WAM-NY, hosted a debate between SKS Chairperson and Founder, Vikram Akula and Grameen Foundation President and CEO, Alex Counts. The debate, which was moderated by Niki Armacost, Co-Founder of Arc Finance, focused on whether the for-profit approach in microfinance is the best way to take microlending to scale. Ms. Armacost put forth the claim that “for-profit microfinance is the ideal model for alleviating poverty globally” and invited Mr. Akula and Mr. Counts to debate it. In addition, Ms. Armacost pointed out scalability and affordability of loans as critical considerations in the debate.

Update on BRAC Pakistan Flood Relief & Rehabilitation

Over 20 million people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan, 75% of whom are in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. The floods damaged or destroyed 1.9 million houses.BRAC has a relief and rehabilitation program in place in the provinces of Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. The flood waters have started to recede and the displaced population is returning to their homes and villages.

Council on Foreign Relations: Evaluating Progress on the UN Millenium Goals

Last Monday, The Council on Foreign Relations hosted a panel of experts to discuss the Progress of the UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Panelists included Mr. Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Planning at the United Nations, Mr. Samuel A. Worthington, President & CEO of InterAction, and Mr. T. Charles Cooper, Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs at Millenium Challenge Corporation. The panel was moderated by Gail D. Fosler, President of GailFosler Group LLC.

The MasterCard Foundation: Women Driving Change

Below is a post from Reeta Roy, President & CEO of the MasterCard Foundation. She is currently visiting BRAC’s programs in Uganda along with other members of the MasterCard team. She wrote this after visiting one of BRAC’s microfinance groups.

The MasterCard Foundation: President & CEO, Reeta Roy, visits BRAC Uganda

Below is a post from Reeta Roy, President & CEO of the MasterCard Foundation. She is currently visiting BRAC’s programs in Uganda along with other members of the MasterCard team.

Creating Knowledge for Africa’s Development

We at BRAC realize that creating useful knowledge and making it work for poverty alleviation is a critical challenge for Africa. Knowledge becomes useful when it contributes to solving problems. This is possible when it is contextual, internally driven and evolves through application and critique.

Great Non Profits recognizes BRAC as a Top-Rated Nonprofit for the year 2010

We are pleased to inform you that BRAC has been named to a new list of top-rated nonprofits by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews for nonprofit organizations.