Editor’s Picks

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

This #EarthDay, we explore the Climate Bridge Fund, a unique climate financing mechanism in Bangladesh that supports non-governmental organisations directly responding to people displaced by climate change.
March 16, 2020

How can you slow down the spread of COVID-19?

Panic and pandemic are in the air. Cough etiquette and social distancing are the new buzzwords.
March 2, 2020

Understanding the many faces of poverty

For three days, I embarked on this journey with a dearth of knowledge on village etiquette, a language barrier (weak spoken Bengali), tainted with urban hues. Yet I was accepted into their homes with open arms and wide-eyed grins. And as we spoke to the families, our preconceived, textbook definitions of hardcore poverty came into question.
February 19, 2020

Digital wages and what it means for women

280 million adults in the private sector globally receive their wages in cash.This poses a risk of losing out on take-home wages for workers. Is wage digitisation the answer? This year, BRAC’s Frugal Innovation Forum will bring together global practitioners, thinkers, researchers, policymakers and financial ecosystem partners to brainstorm solutions to challenges in financial inclusion, particularly for women, through digital services.
January 23, 2020

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and the Everyone A Changemaker movement

Ahead of this week’s selection panel of ‘Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Ashoka Young Changemakers’ we’d like to take a moment to share about the deep roots of Sir Fazle and BRAC’s long-standing relation with Ashoka.
October 9, 2019
BLOG History

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 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. 
July 11, 2019

BRAC at the Dhaka meeting of Global Commission on Adaptation

The two-day international conference on climate change adaptation concluded today (11 July, Thursday) in Dhaka. The Global Commission on Adaptation which was launched in 2018 organised the conference in Dhaka on invitation from the Government of Bangladesh.
June 21, 2019

What does a classroom mean to you?

Our hope is to see every child being able to build their future in a classroom, no matter how far away they are from their homes.