Financial inclusion and resilience: New case study traces how BRAC’s microfinance programme recovered from the West Africa Ebola crisis

Financial inclusion and resilience: New case study traces how BRAC’s microfinance programme recovered from the West Africa Ebola crisis

Originally posted on the Global Delivery Initiative blog. How do we build resilience during and after a crisis? A new GDI case study from BRAC offers insight into lessons learned from the West Africa Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015, highlighting what can be done to strengthen organisations responding and with the people they serve. When Ebola tore across
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Plenty of playtime: The secret of a smart child

Plenty of playtime: The secret of a smart child

This little indoor playground looks like utter colourful chaos. Blank pages smeared with rainbows and imperceptible shapes. The air resounds of age-old songs and simple poetry. There is a grown-up here, but she too is immersed in the madness.   But there is a method to this madness. The children here are exploring the world
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Success, growth and regulation: BRAC in Uganda’s transition to a bank and what it means for customers

Success, growth and regulation: BRAC in Uganda’s transition to a bank and what it means for customers

Originally posted on The Center for Financial Inclusion blog. BRAC in Uganda shares strategy and sustainability insights from its transition from an MFI to a bank. BRAC, the largest microfinance provider in Uganda, currently serves more than 200,000 predominantly rural, female clients, through more than 150 branches across nearly every district in the country. In
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Creating opportunities for a playful childhood

Creating opportunities for a playful childhood

Creating opportunities for a playful childhood When you think of play, an all too familiar sense of nostalgia usually follows. However, did you know the art that you painted with your fingers, the clay that you moulded or the block towers that you built with your imagination as a child, would determine your behaviour today?
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Of dignity and dream homes: Transforming a slum in 3 steps

Of dignity and dream homes: Transforming a slum in 3 steps

In the light of World Cities Day, we explore a frugal home-grown solution for communities living in urban poverty – a community-led process of building affordable homes that started in the heart of Jhenaidha of south-western Bangladesh. Chinta Didi just got a new, two-storied house. It costs less than USD 1,500 – and her neighbours
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Ending the public toilet crisis in Dhaka

Ending the public toilet crisis in Dhaka

There is a toilet in Gawsia that smells like flowers. It is clean, bright and flooded with sunlight. And it is solely for women. This toilet exists because of the efforts of Bhumijo, one of five teams to win BRAC’s first Urban Innovation Challenge. Bhumijo made a dull, dark and dreary bathroom into a little
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Women humanitarian aid workers saving lives in the frontline

Women humanitarian aid workers saving lives in the frontline

From a bird’s-eye-view, if one were to look at the vast settlements where people from Rakhine state of Myanmar are currently residing, they would see many pink dots purposefully moving about. This rush of pink are BRAC’s women humanitarian workers delivering life-saving services, specifically to women and girls who make up more than half of
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A midnight cow hunt

A midnight cow hunt

It was 3am when Abdur Rahim received a panicked phone call. There was a thief on the loose, and a cow had gone missing. Rahim hopped on his motorcycle and whirred down the wide, empty roads, heading straight for the client’s house. He found them all frantically searching. “Rahim bhai, we have looked everywhere!”, he
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Five ways we can futureproof education in Bangladesh

Five ways we can futureproof education in Bangladesh

A total of 47 Bangladeshi development organisations, edupreneurs, social innovators and accelerator programmes joined BRAC’s social innovation lab for an intense 90-minute sprint, this September. We brainstormed on how our education system can work for our future, and how we can solve  the existing roadblocks. We put together the colorful flipcharts and sticky notes to
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Ploughing the path in a male-dominated turf

Ploughing the path in a male-dominated turf

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
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