In March, the social innovation lab launched the BRAC Innovation Fund for Mobile Money. The challenge fund was an opportunity for us to think ‘digitally,’ and explore the potential of mobile money to innovate and improve BRAC’s work.
It is an inherent advantage when joining an organisation for the first time, to be able to consider its work with fresh eyes. I’ve spent the first weeks in my new role at BRAC’s disaster management and climate change programme (DMCC) absorbing a wealth of information filled with a combination of climate change warnings and interesting programme results.
Over the past 40 years, BRAC has grown from a small relief organization into the world’s largest NGO. Yet despite this scale, BRAC is always looking for new ways to improve its programs for the 135 million people it serves around the world. One such way is to ensure that BRAC International’s country programs are filled with qualified and capable local individuals with first-hand knowledge of the community landscape and local culture.
How can we quickly boost farmer incomes so they have a chance to lift theLike 80 percent of Tanzanians, she earns a living from agriculture. The smile on Khabitu’s face suggests she’s doing well. She works as a model farmer, demonstrating good techniques to her neighbors at her small vegetable farm, which she tends with her husband Said, in Iringu, central Tanzania.mselves out of poverty?
At a ceremony this Sunday, the Food and Agriculture Organization will recognize countries that have achieved Millennium Development Goal number one, to halve their proportion of hungry people. Bangladesh, once labeled a basket case, will be one of them.
In this highly partisan political season, where economic calamity is deemed inevitable if the wrong party is elected, “The Coming Prosperity” is a refreshing new entrant on the bookshelf. It is a book at odds with political rhetoric, but squares nicely with emerging global trends.
The world's largest antipoverty organization advocates a market-oriented approach to job creation and poverty alleviation, putting poor borrowers on a path to prosperity by giving them a “business in box.”
The Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Z. Nyira, inaugurated a special consultative workshop organised by BRAC on Nutrient Rich Food Crops. Highlighting the importance of close coordination between government, NGOs and private sector, Dr. Z. Nyira urged all to work together in order to establish the ultimate goal of creating a ‘Healthy Uganda’. Stressing the urgency of the matter, the minister said that the growth of 38% of Ugandan children was stunted and 16% of them were underweight. He added that this prevalence means that 2.3 million young children in Uganda today are chronically malnourished.
Today the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2011, which reviews the reach and impact of microfinance, came out.In light of the difficulties microfinance institutions have faced this past year - from natural disasters to government crackdowns to the collapse of the market in Andhra Pradesh, India - the report stresses the importance of listening to the clients. And from Bangladesh to Uganda, clients of BRAC and many other microfinance institutions have said they want the same three things: Enough food to feed their family, A secure and protective shelter, and Access to education for their children.