Oscar Abello

February 4, 2013

No easy button for data-driven decision-making

Gathering and organizing data is one thing; using data effectively is another. Thanks to new technology, as Bill Gates writes in his 2013 annual letter, people can gather and organize data with more speed and accuracy than ever before. That's great news, particularly for the social sector around the world, which badly needs more and better feedback loops to improve its performance. But gathering and organizing data is just one half of the loop. The other half--actually using data to inform program design and decision-making--can be a generational challenge to infuse into the culture of an organization.
January 25, 2013

How would you rank NGOs?

It's the second time around for The Global Journal's ranking of the Top 100 NGOs worldwide. Needless to say this has generated equal parts pride and enthusiasm in the BRAC family of organizations. We are gratified at the recognition, and at the same time know we're part of a larger family of civil society groups looking for solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
October 23, 2012

Creativity is not enough for the world’s poor

Innovation means more than creativity. It means creativity that reaches millions. When BRAC founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed spoke last month to the World Affairs Council of Northeastern California, creative solutions that reach millions were at the heart of his message to the audience.
October 10, 2012

Giving back to move forward

You might think of philanthropy as giving back, but you can also think of it as a way to move the world forward, as Bill Gates points out in the latest issue of Forbes.