September 20, 2012

Keeping the promise

Bangladesh, Malawi and Nepal have been highlighted in a new UNICEF report as three countries on track to meet their child survival targets, incorporated in MDG 4 that aims to reduce under-5 deaths worldwide to a third of their 1990 levels by 2015.
September 17, 2012

Driving Miss Bangladeshis

We are currently in the midst of an important week for BRAC’s Road Safety Programme, in particular its newest, most attention-drawing, yet perhaps most potent component for bringing about social change – the BRAC Driving School
September 16, 2012

Engaging Youth: Going Beyond Skills

In Bangladesh, close to two million young people join the workforce annually. Many of the opportunities are not that of employment in the formal sector, but rather entrepreneurship in the growing informal service sectors.   BRAC works millions of youth and provides a range of activities, including many focused on income generation and livelihood.
September 14, 2012

In the City of Lights, a ray of hope for the ultra-poor

A recent global meeting in Paris acted as the first occasion for sharing the first tranche of substantive results from 10 pilot programs implemented across 8 countries around the world based on BRAC’s flagship program for reaching the ultra poor – Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra Poor, otherwise shortened to CFPR:TUP.
September 10, 2012

Lessons Learned from the Facebook Innovation Competition Winner

This spring, Daniel Ng was the winner of BRAC’s first Facebook Innovation Contest.  He visited us in August to work with the Social Innovation Lab on advancing his idea.  His reflections are below.  You can watch his submission video and final presentation on the BRAC youtube channel.
September 2, 2012

Close encounter of the BRAC kind – II

Some of you may have read the first of these two back-to-back posts recounting my first field visit since taking up what must be officially the world’s most cumbersome job title – Knowledge Management & Strategic Communications Specialist – at BRAC. People have been asking for my card over the past month, as you do.
August 30, 2012

Close encounter of the BRAC kind-I

Couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to witness – for the very first time – a selection of BRAC programmes “in motion”, so to speak, from close quarters, out in a corner of the vast unknown that all of us cooped up at 75 Mohakhali know as the “field”. It must be all the news filling the airwaves about NASA’s latest Mars mission (not to mention the passing away of Neil Armstrong) but as I write this now, I must confess to being struck by some uncanny similarity between NASA missions to outer space being run from a control centre in California and BRAC programmes out in the “field” ultimately being directed from BRAC Centre.
August 17, 2012

Change is everywhere: rural perspectives on urbanization

“I want both my daughter and son to get a job as soon as they’re done with their studies…it may be in Rangpur, it may be in Dhaka…it doesn’t matter….but they must get a job.”
August 15, 2012

The power of the collective

Boragari Union Parishad chairman, 69-year-old Isahaq Ali, is a person of dedicated spirit to social service delivering speech to 4,000 villagers on July 7, 2012 in a premises of a govt. primary school.
August 1, 2012

An Impromptu Visit to a BRAC School

This was a blog post written by Carmen Lundell, Intern, BRAC Communications. The opinion reflected here is her own and is not that of BRAC. Last weekend, a few interns and myself traveled to Srimangal for recreational purposes. We hoped to escape the busy Dhaka life and spend a weekend relaxing in solitude.
July 30, 2012

Want to create innovations that work? Get out and listen.

On July 22, David Lewis wrote a blog post on "Is Innovation Essential for Development Work?"  Maria May, from BRAC's Social Innovation Lab, reflects on where development practitioners should start.Last week I visited a few families that have taken microfinance loans from BRAC in Sri Lanka.
July 24, 2012

Time to address maternal depression: A crucial concern for public health practitioners.

Having a child can be one happiest event in a woman's life. While life with a new baby can be enthralling and worthwhile, it can also be difficult and stressful at times. A woman goes though many physical, social and emotional changes when she is expecting, and after she gives birth