COVID-19

March 31, 2021

Agents of change: Three primary schools in Bangladesh being watched by the world

As vaccinations are distributed globally and schools closed for months start planning to open, questions are being raised about what changes we need to our education system in a post-pandemic world. We have a unique chance to shape our curriculum and teaching and learning methods now for when we reopen, and climate change, diversity and gender equality are challenges that should be high on that priority list. Three schools in Bangladesh were globally recognised for their work in these areas in 2019; this blog takes a closer look at them.
March 16, 2021

Community-based healthcare for COVID response: option or necessity?

A year into the onset of the pandemic, years of progress in health and nutrition are being upended. A community-driven response is key to delivering undisrupted, essential healthcare services to the most vulnerable across Bangladesh.
February 15, 2021

Back against a wall: Bangladesh’s ready-made garments industry during COVID-19 pandemic

The export-oriented apparel sector of Bangladesh continues to struggle amidst the multiple shocks and vulnerabilities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 19, 2020

Stepping up hand hygiene: How to make hand hygiene more accessible and inclusive

Can installing handwashing stations in public places help people adopt the habit of washing hands with soap? Here are our key findings.
October 18, 2020

Building resilience amidst growing food insecurity crisis

As the economic impact of COVID-19 threatens food security globally, evidence-based interventions that are proven to build resilience in the face of extreme shocks are needed more than ever. Nomita’s story shows how the Graduation approach provides the tools and resources that are crucial in these difficult times.
October 18, 2020

Study explores COVID-19 impact on the lives of garment workers

According to a recent study, 82% of garment workers said their income fell since the pandemic hit. Nearly 52% said they are saving less than what they were saving before the pandemic, while 77% said it was difficult to feed everyone in their households.
October 13, 2020

Snapshot: 30 ways BRAC supports girl children

Bangladesh has four million child brides, the second-highest in the world. More than half of all married women now in their twenties were married before the age of 18. At BRAC, tackling this challenge is one of our highest priorities. Here is a snapshot of how we are trying to change the futures of girl children.
October 13, 2020

How do we get more people to wash hands?

What can we learn from successful global initiatives which promote hygiene behaviour change at scale?
September 29, 2020

Building resilience in the midst of ensuing chaos in the Philippines

With lockdowns continuing to wreak havoc on the extreme poor populations in the Philippines, the Graduation pilot running there has shown great results in building the resilience and security for participants and their families.
September 28, 2020

Towards the great reset: How do we build a more inclusive post-COVID world?

Nearly six months into the global Covid-19 crisis, the fight is far from over. It is now high time to reset, reboot, and consider our reformation strategy going forward, both nationally and internationally.
September 15, 2020

August Khichuri Index for Bangladesh

Khichuri is a popular all-day meal in most Bangladeshi homes. What does the cost of a plate of khichuri tell us about the changes in the affordability of food? Learn about the Khichuri Index, and how the pandemic is affecting Bangladesh’s economy. 
September 7, 2020

A new survey sheds light on non-member RMG factories

The Mapped in Bangladesh (MiB) project of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, BRAC University, is the first of its kind initiative to digitally map all export-oriented ready-made garment (RMG) factories through a country-wide factory census. The goal is to provide accurate information to ensure transparency and accountability within the sector.