March 15, 2013

It takes a woman to raise a village

This blog post is an abridged version of a case study featured in Problem or Promise: Harnessing Youth Potential in Uganda, recently published by BRAC and The MasterCard Foundation.
March 13, 2013
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Ropes and harnesses for Uganda’s toughest climbers

I remember well the worn-out look in the boy’s eyes when he approached and asked, in a hushed yet clear tone, “Sir, I really need a job. Can you please help me? Your company?”
March 8, 2013

Not a moment of silence on International Women’s Day

“What I most regretted were my silences.” – Audre Lorde, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

In honor of International Women’s Day, we use the words of Audre Lorde, a self-described black lesbian poet, who spent the better part of her life advocating for female empowerment and equality. Through solidarity and individual self-awareness, Lorde recognized the innate power of women in overcoming oppression. Her words are the embodiment of empowerment, not only for women but marginalized groups from all walks of life. She firmly believed that “it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.”

January 30, 2013

Video girls for change

I wrote recently about the impressive return on investment calculated by one World Bank economist based on the per-girl cost of BRAC’s girls’ empowerment clubs, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents. Numbers are one thing, but what really hits home are the results in terms of people’s lives – people like Olivia Kyomuhendo, age 22.
January 18, 2013
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Talk to the youth

If you want to help spur the economy and improve people’s lives over the long term in a place like Uganda – the youngest country on earth, with a median age of 14 – then you have to talk and listen to young people like Brenda Masika. That’s one of the key lessons of BRAC’s partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, which has enabled a speedy scale-up in a country facing a massive youth bulge.
November 9, 2012

BRAC Uganda Wins Top Prize in the 2012 Financial Reporting Awards

Accountants across various sectors of the Ugandan economy gathered yesterday evening at a ballroom at the Kampala Serena hotel, waiting for the announcement by the Council of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) of the Financial Report of the Year.
November 6, 2012
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Uganda’s Golden Jubilee

Uganda celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain on October 9th, with revelry on the Kololo Airstrip in the centre of Kampala, the capital city. Dignitaries from several African countries were on hand to join Ugandans for the celebrations, which ended with a free concert by the country’s top entertainers.
July 25, 2012

BRAC microfinance borrower wins entrepreneurship award

BRAC Uganda microfinance borrower, Lydia Nojaki Birungi, 43, won the bronze prize in the 2011 Citi Micro Entrepreneurship Awards. Lydia, a BRAC small enterprise borrower since 2009, was recognised by Citibank and The Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU) for her entrepreneurial ability. Lydia runs an agrochemicals business in Kasese and also farms a 15-acre plot of land that provides food for a large section of her community. Lydia received a certificate and a prize of 1.5 million UGX ($600) from Citibank. She plans to invest her winnings in her business.
June 27, 2012

Uganda’s budget: Opportunities for the coming year

Uganda’s Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka unveiled the country’s budget for the financial year 2012/2013 earlier this month, disclosing an allocation of UGX 10,710.6 billion or $4.284 billion for government expenditures.  The government’s top three areas of focus are Works and Transport, Education, and Energy and Minerals, with the sectors commanding 15.3%, 15.2% and 13.5% of the budget, respectively.
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.
June 14, 2012

Uganda’s girl effect goes to Turkey

Olivia Kyomuhendo, 22, walked into Entebbe airport and wanted to pinch herself. “Am I dreaming?” she asked herself.  Olivia was at the main airport in Uganda with three girls from her videography program, waiting to fly to Turkey. For Olivia and her three friends, this was their first time out of the country and anticipation was great. When the voice on the loud speaker announced that their flight had arrived, Olivia jumped up with excitement. It was finally going to happen. She was going to travel outside of Uganda.
May 10, 2012

Key assessment of BRAC Uganda’s bed net program

Malaria is the most deadly disease in Uganda. It is responsible for 25-30% of under five deaths in the country, resulting in 70,000-100,000 deaths annually. While children under five are most at risk, only 28% of them sleep under bed nets. Even fewer of these children are sleeping under nets that are properly treated (or retreated) with the necessary insecticides.