December 3, 2021

Ending poverty for people with disabilities: What will it take?

In Bangladesh, one in 10 people live with a disability. That's 16 million people, more than double of the population of Hong Kong. While countries around the world have made progress in reducing poverty, the condition of the majority of people with disabilities has not improved. People with disabilities continue to live with a higher poverty and unemployment rate.
November 22, 2021

Why we need to upskill women workers in Bangladesh’s apparel sector

80% of the four million workers employed in Bangladesh's garment factories in 2012 were women, mostly coming from marginalised backgrounds. This number has significantly declined over the last decade. Why are women leaving jobs at the factories, and what can be done about it?
November 18, 2021
BLOG WASH

Everyone needs access to a toilet. How can we ensure that?

1.6 million people die every year around the world because of poor hygiene and sanitation. Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in ensuring safe sanitation - open defecation is nearly zero percent. Here are five initiatives that supported improvements to sanitation, in both big and small ways:
October 21, 2021

Escaping poverty long term: Investing in the multidimensional needs of the next generation

Extreme poverty has many faces and varies in different contexts. The “official” definition of extreme poverty is stated in terms of income – living on less than $1.90 per day. But extreme poverty is about more than a lack of income.
 
 
EDITOR'S PICKS
October 10, 2021
BLOG Health

Culture, compassion and communities: A mental health strategy uniquely for Bangladesh

As Bangladesh weathers the most challenging time of this generation - the COVID-19 pandemic - mental health and wellbeing has become more important than ever. BRAC is committed to enhancing community wellbeing through tackling stigma and increasing access to mental health services through culturally appropriate and compassionate approaches.
July 29, 2021
BLOG History

Jamdani and Aarong: A love affair spanning half a century

A jamdani saree graced the French Riviera this month, as actress Azmeri Haque Badhon represented Bangladesh at the Cannes Film Festival. While jamdani is a symbol of sophistication, beauty and grace, and has always travelled across the world, the story behind the weaving technique is not well known - the art of weaving jamdani almost became extinct just decades ago.
April 21, 2021

Climate solutions from Bangladesh: The Climate Bridge Fund

We are exploring the Climate Bridge Fund, a unique climate financing mechanism in Bangladesh that supports non-governmental organisations directly responding to people displaced by climate change.
September 8, 2019

Eyes wide shut: Why inclusive digital spaces matter

At this year’s BRAC Frugal Innovation Forum, I had the opportunity to meet Mr Vashkar Bhattacharjee, National Consultant for Accessibility at a2i. Vashkar da sat right next to me at dinner and what happened right after was something that I will cherish forever.
August 24, 2019

Rohingya men lead the fight against gender violence

A programme in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar is giving men and boys the skills and knowledge to make powerful changes to sexual and gender-based violence in their communities. Meet Jahidur Rahman, who is leading these changes.
July 11, 2019

Jhorna Fabrics: Fit for a queen

Jhorna Islam is somewhat of a local celebrity in Tongi, Duttapara. While there are many clothing shops in the area, the uniqueness of her designs stand out, and the quality of the cutting and material used is noticeably high.