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Asqual and Mehrat climb out of extreme poverty

The below article was originally posted by Ann Miles, Director of Microfinance at The MasterCard Foundation, and Susan Davis, President & CEO of BRAC USA on the CGAP-Ford Graduation Program blog. Earlier this month, Ann and Susan visited one of the Graduation Program pilot projects in Ethiopia.

The Year in Microfinance

Critics of microfinance have knocked down an army of straw men in recent years, and 2011 was no different. But it’s high time for microfinance practitioners to stop being defensive. We know enough about the perils and potentials of poverty-focused microfinance to address the real needs of the poor.

BRAC’s Global Learning Meeting on Youth: Reflections from Day 1

Two billion youth. Six hundred million unemployed. BRAC’s Executive Director, Mahabub Hossain, highlighted these sobering statistics in his opening comments to the participants of BRAC’s first Global Learning Meeting in Rajendrapur, Bangladesh. On February 7th and 8th, over 100 people gathered to focus on how BRAC could create its first global strategy for youth

Event: 3ie-LIDC Seminar – Reaching the Poorest: Lessons from the Graduation Model

If you’re in London, come see BRAC Development Institute’s Syed Hashemi and Anasuya Sangupta discuss an effective model for reaching the very poorest. The Graduation model is based on BRAC’s Ultra Poor programme in Bangladesh and is being piloted and scaled up in 10 countries around the world.

Private schools for the poor

The following is an excerpt from and article by Josh Kwan published in the Spring 2012 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.First, the good news. More children in places of poverty are attending school than ever before.2 Thanks to a major push by governments and donors, many countries have built a slew of schools

More children are in school – but are they learning?

The following was originally posted by BRAC USA President and CEO Susan Davis on the World Education blog.With the Education for All goals and the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015 on our minds, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about measurements of educational quality, rather than a simple push for increased student enrollment in developing countries.

The ‘Poster Boy’ of Microfinance

Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, founder of Bandhan, has been considered the “poster boy” of the microfinance industry in India. Many people may be unaware that Gosh actually spent most of his time in Bangladesh.

Talk to the youth

If you want to help spur the economy and improve people’s lives over the long term in a place like Uganda – the youngest country on earth, with a median age of 14 – then you have to talk and listen to young people like Brenda Masika. That’s one of the key lessons of BRAC’s partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, which has enabled a speedy scale-up in a country facing a massive youth bulge.

A dividend from investing in girls? World Bank blogger (and previous skeptic) weighs in

Last year, independent researchers from London School of Economics, University College London, and the World Bank completed a two-year impact assessment of a girls’ empowerment program in Uganda, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA), one of the components of a partnership between BRAC and The MasterCard Foundation. 

Scaling up without losing your edge

This post originally appeared on the HBR Blog Network as part of a special collection on Scaling Social Impact.

Forty years ago, British economist E.F. Schumacher, one of the fathers of the Green movement, declared that “small is beautiful” and called for “a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful.” The retort from mainstream economists was swift and scathing: “Small is stupid.” Without economies of scale, they argued, developing societies would never develop the efficiencies needed to modernize.

Don’t fear the data reaper

The number of people worldwide reached by microfinance institutions (MFIs) fell in 2011, the first time in 13 years, according to the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s (MSC) brand new report.

An interview with Babar Kabir on the BRAC WASH programme

This article was posted on IRC International Water and Sanitation Center blog by Joep Verhagen, Manager, South Asia & Latin America Team, IRC.

Sitting opposite to me is Babar Kabir – Senior Director at BRAC and programme director of the BRAC WASH programme.