BRAC USA

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.
June 21, 2012

A league of extraordinary women

Yesterday, in honor of BRAC's work with women all over the world, BRAC USA president and CEO Susan Davis was listed in Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women. The award focuses on BRAC's partnership with the MasterCard Foundation in Uganda.
May 8, 2012

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.
April 3, 2012
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Book Review: The Coming Prosperity, by Philip E. Auerswald

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.
March 7, 2012

Why Do Girls Drop Out of School? It’s All About What Happens in the Girls’ Room

It's heartening to see philanthropists like Bill Gates and celebrities like Matt Damon raising awareness of the fact that more people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, let's not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation.
March 5, 2012
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Celebrate International Women’s Day with BRAC USA

Come celebrate International Women's Day with us on Thursday, March 8! Join Susan Davis and BRAC USA for a breakfast discussion of girls' and women's empowerment initiatives at the Asia Society moderated by David Bornstein of The New York Times.
February 7, 2012
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Productive Safety Nets for Women in Extreme Poverty

The following was originally posted by Karishma Huda on the Graduation Program blog. The CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation program is an initiative to adapt the methodology of BRAC's Ultra Poor program in Bangladesh in ten countries across the worl
January 3, 2012
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Pathways to Secure and Sustainable Livelihoods

The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with BRAC USA and BRAC Development Institute to test a new model to move people out of extreme poverty. This project is conducted in collaboration with CGAP and Ford Foundation. Michelle Chaplin, Program Manager at BRAC USA, highlights progress and impact of the project in Ethiopia.
December 1, 2011

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.
November 30, 2011
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Graduating the poor out of poverty in Ethiopia

The below article was originally posted by Sandeep Kaur, a Communications Officer at BRAC Development Institute (BDI) on the CGAP-Ford Graduation Program blog.
November 17, 2011

Microfinance Pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder of BRAC, Advances “Business in a Box” Strategy

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.”
October 31, 2011

A World of 7 Billion: Cause for Scare or Celebration?

The following was originally posted by BRAC USA President & CEO Susan Davis in the Huffington Post.The UN has chosen today as a symbolic one on which the world's 7 billionth person might be born. The fact that it's Halloween is, as The New Yorker jokes, "presumably just a coincidence."