Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh

May 14, 2020

Distributing relief in a pandemic: Lessons learned about digital cash transfers during COVID-19

Almost 18 million people live in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. The impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods has been catastrophic. Research by BIGD and PPRC shows a 73% drop in income in households living in extreme poverty when measured in the first week of April 2020 compared to two months prior. The biggest challenge during COVID-19 is how to get relief to these people, who often live in hard-to-reach areas.
May 13, 2020

Facing COVID-19 with a disability

One of the most glaring findings from a recent BRAC study shows how completely dependent the respondents are on external support, be it food or cash assistance.
May 11, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: Focus on the community, support government and invest in people

This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.
May 10, 2020

How BRAC is supporting Bangladesh to continue education in a pandemic

As Bangladesh faces continuing lockdown, it is crucial to ensure learning continues for children, that they have proper information about the virus and that they are safe and feel supported.
May 7, 2020

Ensuring productivity from home during a pandemic: What we are learning at BRAC

For over a month, business at BRAC’s head office is continuing as usual - entirely from home.
April 22, 2020

Lessons from COVID-19 on World Earth Day

Today is World Earth Day, and this year’s theme is climate action. Countries are expected to strengthen their commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change. COVID-19, however, is teaching us other lessons.
March 22, 2020

Protecting our heroes: How BRAC is keeping its frontline workers safe

Covid-19 has shut down much of the world. But for many of us, we are working even harder than before.
March 19, 2020

Working remotely in the time of coronavirus: 6 tips

Suddenly find yourself working from home? Sounds like a dream come true - except that your workload likely hasn’t changed - it's probably more, if anything, which makes the next week (and likely many more) sound more like a coordination nightmare. Here are six tips to stay focused as we navigate these uncertain times.
December 5, 2019

A person you know is raped. Do you know what to do?

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October 9, 2019
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Jamdani treasure hunt across three continents

Women of all ages wear it with pride, and people from across the world come to Bangladesh to see it being woven and purchase a Dhakai sari of their own.
September 24, 2019

The growing water gap in Dhaka, one of the world’s fastest growing cities

Dhaka is facing an impending water crisis. What can we do about it? BRAC Institute of Governance and Development’s latest State of Cities report focuses on water governance, how we use water and what the future of water in Dhaka looks like.
July 30, 2019

Combatting the world’s fastest growing crime

Bangladesh is the fifth highest labour sending country in the world, but it is also among the top 10 countries from where people migrate across the Mediterranean Sea on boats. The country earns USD 15 billion a year in remittance, but that is a success story that comes at a high price.