Chinta Didi just got a new, two-storied house. It costs less than USD 1,500 - and her neighbours built it for her. She has been partially blind since birth, and relies on the little income that her husband earns from working at a welding shop.
From the congested, waterlogged streets of Dhaka to flooded farmlands across the country, Bangladesh has enough problems right here. What is the point in looking to the sky when all it brings is rain? Why on earth are we trying to get to space?
I am a public health practitioner and a physician by training. I grew up in a small town in the north of Bangladesh. After finishing tenth grade I came to Dhaka and continued my studies. I finished my bachelors in medical science, worked in two of the biggest national dailies as a writer and photographer and involved myself with community service.
Since 1971, Bangladesh has made significant progress in achieving better development outcomes. The country’s achievements in reaching MDG goals in health and education are unparalleled when comparing to nations facing similar challenges. But despite critical gains in creating access to primary and secondary education, the need exists for a center of excellence in higher education—an institution where citizens of both developed and developing nations will have the opportunity to combine knowledge with practical experience.
The BRAC Institute of Governance and Democracy (BIGD) at BRAC University is a resource center that promotes research, provides graduate training and builds knowledge to address the challenges of poverty, inequity and social injustice in the global south. BIGD takes an inclusive, multidisciplinary approach to fulfill its mandate to constantly challenge conventional knowledge and advance a southern voice in the global development discourse.
Bangladesh was the original development “basket case,” the demeaning term used for countries that would always depend on aid. The country faced famines, floods, and military coups. When it split from Pakistan in 1971, many observers doubted that it could survive as an independent state. Yet over the past 20 years, Bangladesh has made big developmental gains, particularly in the areas of health, life expectancy, and education much of which is credited to BRAC.
Feminism is a loaded term. Especially, since the 90s when the Third Wave Feminism fervently made its way into the intellectual discourse, feminism does not represent one unified concept. It stands for different notions, and constructs, and processes, and beliefs – which often do not really converge that well. And, they don’t need to. Listening to the talk by Devaki Jain, I was becoming more and more appreciative of the beauty of diversity, the privilege of differing.
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
"It is a great pleasure for me to be present at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of BRAC University (BU). It is good to be with you all – members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff Alumni and Distinguished Guests and Friends of the University.