BRAC University

October 31, 2017

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

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.
August 17, 2017

Why is Bangladesh in space?

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?
August 11, 2014

Journey of an MPH student

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.
March 7, 2014

Building a better Bangladesh

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.
January 20, 2014
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Advancing a southern voice in the global development discourse

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.
January 20, 2014

Higher education located in a laboratory of social innovation

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.
February 12, 2013

Gameshift, is it?

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.
June 26, 2012
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Safety net for the poor: BRAC Bangladesh – part 1

Syed Hashemi, head of the BRAC Development Institute at BRAC University, talks about BRAC's "safety net for the poor" - the ultra poor program - on the Microsave podcast. Check out the video below.
February 8, 2012

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
June 25, 2011
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Address of Sir F. H. ABED, Chairman, Board of Trustees, BRAC University on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of BRAC University

"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.
May 10, 2011

No Woman, No Cry is now on YouTube!

Thanks to Oprah's OWN Network, you can now see No Woman, No Cry, the documentary by Christy Turlington Burns, on YouTube until May 16th.
May 4, 2011

Building Bridges Between Bangladeshi Americans and Dhaka’s Dynamic Business and Civil Society Sector

The following was posted by Mitul Desai on Dip Note, the US Department of State blog. She serves as as Senior Advisor for Outreach for South and Central Asian Affairs.